True Value IROC 26 Round 2, California Speedway Pit Notes FONTANA, Calif. (April 23, 2002) - The True Value IROC team unloaded all the racecars, toolboxes, pit equipment, and seemingly . . . Danny Lasoski. Participating in his first IROC series,...
True Value IROC 26
Round 2, California Speedway Pit Notes
FONTANA, Calif. (April 23, 2002) - The True Value IROC team unloaded all the racecars, toolboxes, pit equipment, and seemingly . . . Danny Lasoski. Participating in his first IROC series, the 2001 Pennzoil World of Outlaws champion was practically pacing the parking lot at California Speedway awaiting the arrival of the team. Lasoski was there Sunday; the first day the team arrived to begin preparation for this Saturday's race on the 2-mile banked oval.
Lasoski, willing to do whatever it took to help get the True Value IROC cars ready to run said, "I'm ready to go-go-go! I was here for the test last month and I'm here now. I want to get as much experience as I can, learn as much as I can, and do a good job here on Saturday." Lasoski's dedication paid off for him with a sixth place finish in his first ever race on pavement in the season opener at Daytona.
Lead test driver for the series, Dave Marcis said, "Danny has been extremely enthusiastic and I think that's great. He went out of his way to be here for the test and has gone through a lot to be her now in order to excel. It shows his competitiveness as a race car driver and his ambition to represent the Pennzoil World of Outlaws as best he can."
When Lasoski's not in the car, he's over the crewmember's shoulder studying the lap times of test drivers, Jim Sauter, Dick Trickle and Marcis. He's listening to the radio conversations and making mental notes of all the changes. Marcis continued, "He's been in the car throughout all the changes we've made, he understands what we're doing and then goes out and feels it for himself. He's been in cars with 50 lap tires, which is a full race, with 30 lap tires and sticker tires, so he's getting a full range of experience throughout the Goodyear tire wear cycle".
As for how the set up testing is going, Marcis said, "I think we're doing pretty good. I think the chassis set up we left here with from our pre-test is doing quite well. We're dealing with more heat now, about 20 to 30 degrees more heat, which is making it tougher to get the cars to grip. But, We're compensating for that and trying things to get more down force on the nose of the car. We're working on more camber gain, but not to the point where we would injure the shoulder of the tire; I feel we've made some headway."
Marcis continued, "We tried playing with spoiler heights, raising the rear spoiler, which moves the pressure point forward on the roof of the car, so it creates overall down force on the entire car. We didn't find a lot in doing that, so we've worked back reasonably close to where we were when we originally tested here, with the exception of a wider valance on the front of the car, and a slight increase of camber on both the left and right front wheels."
Crewmember, Dave Durand communicates over the radio to Lasoski that he was nearing the threshold of tire mileage and should bring the car in soon. It took a few more calls until Lasoski relented and brought the rose color practice car into the pits. "Do I have to get out?" Lasoski asked. Crew chief, Jim Meister replied, "We can put you in the black car." Lasoski quickly started undoing his safety equipment saying, "OK, let's go, let's go."
Indy Racing League participants, Sam Hornish Jr. and Scott Sharp are expected to join Lasoski tomorrow.
Round 2 of the True Value International Race of Champions will take place on Saturday, April 27 at California Speedway and be broadcast the next day, Sunday, April 28 at 1:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN.