True Value IROC testing at Daytona. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Nov. 19 -- The True IROC team began testing Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway, which will host the opening event for True Value IROC XXVII on Feb. 14, 2003. As previously...
True Value IROC testing at Daytona.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Nov. 19 -- The True IROC team began testing Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway, which will host the opening event for True Value IROC XXVII on Feb. 14, 2003.
As previously announced, the 2001 and 2002 Pennzoil World of Outlaw (WoO) champions, Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser, respectively, were in attendance and turned laps on the 2.5-mile high-banked tri-oval.
Kinser's last True Value IROC appearance was in 1996 and Tuesday was reorientation day for the dirt track ace. Kinser said, "This is my first time back on pavement in quite a few years. The last time I was in IROC was the first year they ran this car in the series and they've made quite a few improvements over the years. The car feels a lot more stable, not as twitchy as I remember them. But not doing this type of racing you still get a bit jittery your first few times out. It's exciting to be out there even though we're only running with three or four cars, it'll be different when you get all twelve of them out there."
Lasoski was very enthusiastic about getting some preseason laps in. Lasoski said, "It's great to be back in these cars here at Daytona, it's like a homecoming, and the IROC guys are like family. The cars feel great. It only took me about two or three laps and then I was wide open, running in packs of three and four, drafting up and around everybody. I'm really looking forward to an exciting season."
Veteran test drivers, Dave Marcis, Jim Sauter and Andy Hillenburg were on hand to shake down the cars and provide drafting practice for Kinser and Lasoski. Hillenburg said, "Steve and Danny did a great job today. For Danny, this is going to be a fun year. Last year everything was brand new to him, it was a steep learning curve and he did great. This year he'll be improving on everything, he can just polish his technique."
The True Value IROC team will continue testing at Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday.