Homestead-Miami Speedway to host tire test

SILVER CROWN TEST SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY MIAMI, FL (February 9, 2006) -- USAC will conduct a Silver Crown tire test Monday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in preparation for the series' first race ever on a 1.5-mile...

SILVER CROWN TEST SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

MIAMI, FL (February 9, 2006) -- USAC will conduct a Silver Crown tire test Monday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in preparation for the series' first race ever on a 1.5-mile track next month.

Several drivers, including Florida natives Dave Steele, Wayne Reutimann Jr. and Bryn Gohn, are expected to be on hand to lap the track, along with Chilean Pablo Donoso, driving a car co-owned by former Indy Car driver Eliseo Salazar, no stranger to competition at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The test is open to all Silver Crown Series drivers, car owners, teams and chassis builders, as well as the media and public.

Hoosier Tires will continue its development for a tire durable enough to last 100 miles at the competitive speeds for the new cars. Additionally, the test will give rookies the opportunity to garner experience on the big oval.

Two tests of the car have already been conducted at the Homestead-Miami track. Veterans Jason McCord, now retired, and Jay Drake logged more than 170 laps last March in the prototype car, while car owner Kenny Adams shook down his mount for regular driver Gohn, who drives a Devin Racing Chassis.

"This was a whole new experience for me, because I'd never driven on anything bigger than a mile, and I hadn't raced many cars without wings," said Adams, who resides with his wife and Bryn in Malabar.

Reutimann, of Zephyrhills, is looking to get comfortable in Monday's test.

"We're just down there to build familiarity," Reutimann said. "That means a lot when we go back down there to race. We'll be pressed for time when we go down there to race because there will be other divisions on the track, so it will help to have things in place when we get down there."

Ron McMahon, Vice President of Riley Technologies, has been pleased with previous tests at the track, and said he expects the cars will be ready for the March race.

"From our test last year I think we will find that the cars are very stable and are going to provide some outstanding racing at Homestead-Miami," said McMahon, who expects the Riley chassis owners to focus on getting up to speed on the new Hoosier radial tires as well as gain comfort at the higher speeds.

C&R Racing President Chris Paulsen, whose chassis ended up in Gatorade Victory Lane in the season opener at Phoenix International Raceway, expects to do several things during the test.

"We are going to be testing items pertaining to the bigger tracks like oil coolers and different chassis set-ups," Paulsen said. "At the same time we are going to be trying various parts for USAC to further evaluate their rules package."

The only track larger than one mile to have hosted a Silver Crown race was the 1.25-mile Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., from 1997-2001.

The test is open to the public. Please check in at the Homestead-Miami Speedway gift shop on the first floor of the Administration Building, and you will be escorted to the viewing area.

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Series USAC
Drivers Eliseo Salazar , Dave Steele , Jay Drake , Jason McCord , Pablo Donoso , Wayne Reutimann , Kenny Adams , Bryn Gohn