40 MORE DRIVERS READY TO TEST FOR ALLSTATE 400 AT THE BRICKYARD INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, July 7, 2005 -- Testing for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard began this week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but the real rush hours will take place...
40 MORE DRIVERS READY TO TEST FOR ALLSTATE 400 AT THE BRICKYARD
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, July 7, 2005 -- Testing for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard began this week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but the real rush hours will take place July 11-12 and July 18-19.
A total of 40 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers are scheduled to test on those four days, with 23 on track Monday, July 11 and Tuesday, July 12 and 17 turning laps Monday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 19.
Testing will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (local time) each day, with a lunch break from noon-1 p.m. Fans are welcome to watch testing for free in the South Terrace grandstands, located inside the track between Turns 1 and 2.
All drivers are testing in preparation for the 12th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Speedway.
The large number of drivers testing at IMS contrasts with the opening week of testing. Four drivers -- reigning series champion Kurt Busch, rookie sensation Carl Edwards, 1997 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner Ricky Rudd and 2001 pole winner Jimmy Spencer -- tested July 5, with just Busch and Rudd returning July 6.
Busch was the fastest driver during that two-day test, posting a top lap of 180.208 mph in the No. 97 Crown Royal Ford.
Speeds should be higher over the next two weeks, unless there's a drastic change in weather, due to the improved track conditions created by increased traffic.
Two past Allstate 400 at the Brickyard champions, 2000 winner Bobby Labonte and 2003 winner Kevin Harvick, will test July 11-12. Two more past race champions, 1996 and 1999 winner Dale Jarrett and 2002 winner Bill Elliott, will test July 18-19.
Four-time race winner Jeff Gordon will turn laps July 19 as he begins his quest to become the first five-time winner of a major event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Indiana native and 2002 series champion Tony Stewart will join Gordon testing only July 19.
Series standout Dale Earnhardt Jr., originally scheduled to test July 11-12, instead will turn laps July 18-19 along with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. teammate and reigning NASCAR Busch Series champion Martin Truex Jr.
Among the other drivers testing July 18-19 are former USAC standout and 2004 NEXTEL Cup Series Rookie of the Year Kasey Kahne, two-time series champion Terry Labonte, former USAC standout Mike Bliss and Indiana native Tony Raines.
Tickets: To purchase tickets, camping or parking for the 12th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, (317) 492-6700 locally or log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.