Talladega pre-race notes

TRUE VALUE DODGE INTERNATIONAL RACE OF CHAMPIONS XIX NOTES HURLEY HAYWOOD -- The race at Darlington was a real learning experience. I enjoyed it a lot. You had to be real aggressive. It was almost like a road race circuit in that you had to get...

TRUE VALUE DODGE INTERNATIONAL RACE OF CHAMPIONS XIX NOTES

HURLEY HAYWOOD -- The race at Darlington was a real learning experience. I enjoyed it a lot. You had to be real aggressive. It was almost like a road race circuit in that you had to get the brakes down to slow the car down. Considering it was my first-ever time at the track, I felt it came out good. At least I didn't crash.

This is a track where you have to be in the right place at the right time to do good. If you've got a good car and catch a couple of breaks, it could be anybody's race.

STEVE MILLEN -- This track is so different from Darlington where we had only one racing line. I've been out there running with Jim Sauter and Hurley Haywood and there are so many (racing) lines to run here. Obviously, drafting is still going to be the key. I've still got a lot to learn in that department. In my series (IMSA road racing) we really don't draft so this is a new deal for me. You don't pick up the skill for drafting overnight. To understand drafting, to do it right and to have the "feel" for it that you need requires lots and lots of racing miles. I feel very good in the car and I feel I can be much more aggressive than I have in the past two races. I'm here to do as well as I can.

There was so much going on at Daytona during our first race. We had so much to learn. You don't want to screw up and crash so, maybe, you play a little conservative. I did. At Darlington, I was a bit more comfortable. Here, in our third race, we've started to figure out things. That may be why some people have had success -- like Steve Kinser -- in the third race.

JIM SAUTER -- (Sauter, along with Dave Marcis and Dick Trickle, are the trio who set up the IROC cars at each track and spend on-track time teaching the non-NASCAR Winston Cup drivers in the series the ins and outs of close-quarters stock car racing.) -- Darlington is the biggest challenge for the drivers who don't have stock car experience. Both Hurley and Steve look real comfortable out there. I've told both of them that they have to pay attention. The speed here is real relative because of the size of the race track. You can lose concentration and get into trouble real easy if you're not careful.

It's a tough deal for guys like Hurley and Steve and Tom to run against the Winston Cup guys because they do this type of racing every day. Steve is aggressive when he feels he can be and takes it easy when he can't. He's doing good. I hope he wins his series' championship so he can come back next year. Hurley does a good job, too. People, the fans, tend to overlook these guys -- those drivers from other than Winston Cup. The key for them is to be in the series a few times. Then, they get comfortable with the cars and with the style of driving and they do good.

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Series IROC
Drivers Dick Trickle , Dave Marcis , Hurley Haywood , Jim Sauter