NASCAR Busch Series Test Wraps Up in Mexico Two-day test session provides valuable data for historic March 6 "Mexico 200" MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Jan. 13, 2005) -- The NASCAR Busch Series concluded its two-day test today at Autodromo Hermanos ...
NASCAR Busch Series Test Wraps Up in Mexico
Two-day test session provides valuable data for historic March 6 "Mexico 200"
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Jan. 13, 2005) -- The NASCAR Busch Series concluded its two-day test today at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City in preparation for the March 6 "Mexico 200" road-course event.
Jeff Burton again tested the No. 21 and No. 2 NASCAR Busch Series entries for Richard Childress Racing. NASCAR officials, including Vice President of Research and Development Gary Nelson, Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton and NASCAR Busch Series Director Joe Balash, utilized the test to gather data on the reconfigured 2.518-mile course to share with NASCAR Busch Series teams upon the group's return to the United States.
With the gear ratio rule going into effect for all three national series this season, the two-day test session was extremely beneficial in determining what ratios will be permitted for use by the teams for this race.
"A combination of Jeff's feedback and the computer data provided all the necessary information for the proper selection of gears for the upcoming race," Balash said.
"We appreciate Jeff, RCR, Will Lind (RCR's NASCAR Busch Series team manager) and everyone involved for their level of preparation and professionalism in conducting this test to gain the provided data necessary," he said.
"Everything went according to plan," Balash said. "We gathered everything necessary, not only about the set-ups on the car and gear ratios, but also all of the last-minute details that we needed to finalize about this racing facility."
Burton not only proved to be an outstanding test driver in terms of gathering data for NASCAR officials, he also became a big fan of the race track.
"This is a beautiful facility," Burton said of Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. "There are so many nice people here. I've really enjoyed being here. This is a special time for NASCAR to get into this market," he said.
The "Mexico 200" will be an 80-lap event that will mark the NASCAR Busch Series' first points race held outside the United States, as well as the return of the series to road-course racing for the first time since 2001 at Watkins Glen International. The NASCAR Busch Series will also return to race at Watkins Glen on Aug. 13.
NASCAR Busch Series teams will make their 2005 debut at Daytona International Speedway Jan. 22-24 during NASCAR Preseason Thunder testing.