Daytona Beach, FL (Friday, Feb. 7, 2002) - NASCAR Winston Cup competitors, Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch took their first practice laps in the True Value IROC cars today. The first time IROC competitors were in good company with 2002 reigning True ...
Daytona Beach, FL (Friday, Feb. 7, 2002) - NASCAR Winston Cup competitors, Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch took their first practice laps in the True Value IROC cars today. The first time IROC competitors were in good company with 2002 reigning True Value IROC champion, Kevin Harvick and Pennzoil World of Outlaws driver Danny Lasoski joining them for some drafting practice on the 2.5-mile, high-banked tri-oval.
The foursome turned close to a full race (40-laps) in the 45-minute session, affording Newman and Busch practical experience for their first time out.
The session marked defending champ, Harvick's first time back in an IROC car since getting the trophy last August at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Lasoski has been relentless in his pursuit of mastering pavement; he has turned laps in every practice session available.
Kevin Harvick: About getting reacquainted with the IROC cars at Daytona - "Getting back out there was a lot of fun. I really like running with all the drag and all the aero pieces (on the IROC cars). You can really pull-up good and suck-up on the other cars when you need to. With the IROC cars, you can lay back and play around, then make your move -- that's what makes this so much fun."
About Newman, Busch and the new field of drivers - "They all know how to stand on the gas, which is what makes this so competitive. It's going to be a good series."
Ryan Newman: Initial impressions - "I think this is pretty cool. Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Danny Lasoski and I were out there having a lot of fun, moving the cars around quite a bit to see what they would do. We were all out there on older tires and it's good to know these cars are pretty stable, even on the older tires."
Kurt Busch: Initial impressions - The way the car is balanced out, it's a nice package. I was just positioning myself to see how you can take advantage of the other cars, but we were only four cars out there and you have to walk away remembering they'll be another eight cars out there during the race. What you do with four cars running around is a lot different than what you'll do with 12."