Leffler gears up for busy week in Indy Team Ase/Carquest Dodge driver to run three races in three series in four days MOORESVILLE, NC- (July 28, 2003) -Jason Leffler is going to be one busy man over the next week. Thursday night he will pilot...
Leffler gears up for busy week in Indy
Team Ase/Carquest Dodge driver to run three races in three series in four days
MOORESVILLE, NC- (July 28, 2003) -Jason Leffler is going to be one busy man over the next week. Thursday night he will pilot his Silver Crown car in a USAC event at Indianapolis Raceway Park. On Friday he is back at IRP driving his Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge in the Power Stroke Diesel 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, and on Sunday he will jump back into the NASCAR Winston Cup ranks for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That leaves Saturday night wide open. Does anybody have a seat open for the NASCAR Busch Series race?
"I love to race," Leffler says. "I like to race as often as I can and a weekend like this allows me to race different types of vehicles and I like that. My focus remains on the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge and the chase for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship. We are only 148 points back and there are eight drivers still right in the thick of things so we know we aren't out of it by any means. The truck series has a great points race right now and it is good for the teams and for the fans."
Leffler has ample experience at Indianapolis Raceway Park's quirky .686 mile layout. He made his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start there in 2000 and has run an eclectic mix of open wheel cars on the oval as well. Leffler knows the key to IRP is adapting your line to what your vehicle wants.
"IRP is a very line sensitive track," Leffler said. "The groove is right up in the high line but it does move around to some degree. You have to find the exact line that works with your racecar or truck at that particular time depending on weather and track conditions. A lot of it really depends on your racecar and where it wants to be on the racetrack to allow it to go as fast as it can."
Some may argue that it can be confusing to jump from an open wheel entry like a USAC Silver Crown car to a 3,400-pound NASCAR Craftsman Truck. Leffler however feels like experience counts in whatever type of motorized machine it is.
"Anytime you can run laps at a track it helps," Leffler stated. "If you run a lot of laps like I have at IRP it is certainly going to help. There is a big difference between a NASCAR Craftsman Truck and some of the open wheel cars I have driven there, but experience does help at IRP or any track. If you have put in time at a certain track, it is going to help you in whatever type car or truck you run. IRP can be really tough to get around and once you figure it out, it helps you a lot at other tracks. From the outside looking in, it looks like a fairly easy place to get around, but it's tough. You've got long, flat corners with some transitions, so that makes it really hard to pass, especially in a truck."
The Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park is scheduled for Friday, August 1st at 9:00 ET. The race will be broadcast live by the Speed Channel and MRN Radio.