RUSTY WALLACE NOTES (On Wednesday, April 10, Rusty Wallace and five members of his Penske Racing South team conducted a half-day test at Daytona International Speedway. The intent of the session was to analyze the effectiveness of insulation...
RUSTY WALLACE NOTES
(On Wednesday, April 10, Rusty Wallace and five members of his Penske Racing South team conducted a half-day test at Daytona International Speedway. The intent of the session was to analyze the effectiveness of insulation used in the NASA space shuttle program in a stock car racing application to keep radiant heat from reaching the driver's compartment. While he was in Daytona, Wallace spoke on his recent testing trip to Japan, the upcoming Winston Select 500 (April 28) at Talladega Superspeedway and Pepsi 400 (July 6) at Daytona and Penske Racing's in-house chassis program. Those notes follow.)
ON HIS TRIP TO JAPAN AND SUZUKA CIRCUIT
The trip to Japan and Suzuka was real interesting. The track is real smooth and real wide. I think our Winston Cup cars will get around the circuit real good. We basically went over there to do a big media tour to introduce ourselves to the Japanese media and to the race track. It was also to get an understanding of the lay of the land -- how to get in and out of the place and the airports and things so we can understand what we're up against when we go back (for the Nov. 24 NASCAR Suzuka Thunder Special 100). It was a really good deal. We didn't really take a full-blown race car like we're going to run over there in November. We did get some ideas of what we're going to need for gearing and stuff like that. I think it's going to be a pretty easy track to set up on.
The Japanese fans are race happy. They're excited to see Winston Cup racing come to their country. They love American things. They're really nice people and they were very, very gracious to us. We were well accepted. The language barrier wasn't really much of a problem because many of the people spoke English. We had interpreters for the people who didn't.
Dale Earnhardt did the tire test. I did about 15 laps in my car. I did take a real race car, I just didn't take the car I intend to take over there for the race. It worked out real good. I was real happy to have been involved.
ON THE UPCOMING WINSTON SELECT 500 AT TALLADEGA AND THE PEPSI 400
All I can tell you about Talladega is that we've been working real, real hard on our engines since Daytona. We've picked up a lot of horsepower. We've been to the wind tunnel, we've been all over the place.
We'll be at Talladega next week for a three-day test session. It'll be myself and Buddy Baker. He'll be driving one car and I'll be driving another. We've got him to help us log laps and keep things going so we can get a lot of things done. We're going to try and find out which car is the quickest of the two and work hard on our combinations. We've got to run better at Talladega than we did at Daytona in February. I don't know if I'd necessarily say that what we learn at Talladega we can use at Daytona in the Pepsi 400. Usually at Daytona in July you need a car that has a lot of downforce. You might get away with another car that isn't sticking as well, one that is more free and faster. I'm already pretty sure what car we're going to bring to Daytona in July.
ADD - - PENSKE CHASSIS Most of the new PC cars, the Penske chassis cars, are derived off my Midnight' chassis, which was my very best car. Now we're changing the structure a bit, putting better bodies on them, making them wider and things like that. So, I guess you could say that Midnight' is getting some brothers.