ASA conducts successful two days of testing at Lowe's Motor Speedway Pendleton, Ind. (July 14, 2003) -- In an attempt to examine the potential of the ASA Racing Series bringing its show to other facilities, Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.
ASA conducts successful two days of testing at Lowe's Motor Speedway
Pendleton, Ind. (July 14, 2003) -- In an attempt to examine the potential of the ASA Racing Series bringing its show to other facilities, Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. was used on Tuesday and Wednesday July 9-10 for testing with an ASA car. LMS President Humpy Wheeler made his facility available for the multiple sessions over the two-day period.
Veteran drivers Mike Garvey and Robbie Pyle were both given laps with the car on the 1.5-mile oval. Garvey was the primary test driver as he had considerable prior experience on Super Speedways and has worked extensively with BFGoodrich Tires.
"Everything at the test worked great," said Garvey, a three-time winner in 2003 with ASA. "The motor performed good and the car felt stable. I think we can run a race right now! I can't speak for anybody else ASA will put on a good show. At Dover we put on a heckuva show a few years ago."
There were a number of technicians and support personnel from various manufacturers. BFGoodrich Tires brought Scott Bailey, Alan Gaston, Brian Hightower, Scott Singleton and Todd Steen. Jason Haines and Rob Vanderhart represented Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. Five Star Stock Car Bodies officials Carl Schultz and Jim Gooch were on hand. Howe Racing Enterprises team included Ed and Chas Howe along with Dick Van Wieran. Mike Powell of Tex Racing and Lowe's Motor Speedway Director of Research & Development Rudy Zeck were also instrumental in the testing sessions. Dan Wieland of Michigan provided the ASA car used in the testing.
"Having all the people at the initial test that make the parts in ASA Racing was a huge advantage," said Garvey. "Lingenfelter had quick data acquisition off the motor. Five Star had some ideas about things they would consider doing. BFGoodrich Tires had their stuff ready as usual. Frankly we had no issues."
The tests included the use of a modified oval featuring a built-in variance on the front- side of the track. It demands drivers to make a turn at a corner off of the oval. "It's definitely something new and I think we should give it a shot," said Garvey. "Rudy Zeck told me where the sports car drivers back off and the first couple of times I wasn't close. It was fun and wild!"
ASA officials suggest the Modified oval concept is designed to be both innovative and entertaining. It would likely only be used on Super Speedways with significantly high banking. Officials note that after further testing if it doesn't work well they won't stay with it.
ASA officials have suggested the test met every objective they were looking to achieve and have planned additional tests with the ASA car at other facilities with differing layouts. Likely Kentucky Speedway will be the racetrack of choice in the near future.