Tuesday, July 31, 2001, Indianapolis, Indiana - Literally hot, 92 degrees, and humid, 96 percent, with track temperatures in the 130 to 140 degree range on day-two of pre-race testing for the True Value IROC at Indy finale this Saturday. True ...
Tuesday, July 31, 2001, Indianapolis, Indiana - Literally hot, 92 degrees, and humid, 96 percent, with track temperatures in the 130 to 140 degree range on day-two of pre-race testing for the True Value IROC at Indy finale this Saturday.
True Value IROC test drivers, Andy Hillenburg, Dave Marcis, Dick Trickle and Jim Sauter spent most of the day testing and tweaking the chassis set up on the True Value IROC Firebirds.
True Value IROC President, Jay Signore said, "The track conditions have changed since the mid-June test session and we're looking to establish a neutral set up on the race cars. We've got a lot of tuning room left in the cars, so we'll just follow the racetrack as it changes." He continued, "What is always paramount to us is repeatability. As odd as it may sound, if we're going to have a problem, we want to have that problem with every car. We don't want to have a problem with just a few cars. A single problem across the fleet is always solvable and so far, everything has been very consistent."
Indiana native, Andy Hillenburg said, "We're really trying to fine tune the set up on the cars to work for everybody, the open wheel drivers and the stock car drivers. Right now, we're chasing the racetrack a bit, which is just the way it is here. This track changes dramatically and what ever handling problems you're experiencing will just get magnified as the day goes on, this track rarely comes to you, which is another reason Indy is so challenging to race teams."
Series drivers, Mark Dismore of the Indy Racing Northern Light series, and Kenny Brack of the CART FedEx Championship series were present. Dismore was unable to stay long enough to drive, due to his IRL testing schedule, but will be back on Friday for the entire day.
Dismore said, "I know the track real well and tested here with IROC in June. I wanted to stop by and check in with the drivers and crew before going to the IRL test. Friday I'll be back to practice, and the cars will feel more like they will in the race.
The 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner, and current CART points leader, Kenny Brack did get a chance to drive. "The track is going to continue to change and the cars will most likely be completely different by the time Saturday gets here, but I think it is good to feel all of the conditions because at Indy, you never know what the track will do and you have to be prepared to improvise," said Brack.
Testing will continue throughout the week leading to Saturday's, True Value IROC finale at the Brickyard.