IRP: R.E. Technologies Racing preview

R.E. Technologies Racing heads to IRP for Hoosier Twin Fifties. Memphis, TN- May 8, 2003- Donny Schatz and Tyler Walker are tuned up and ready for the Hoosier Twin Fifties at Indianapolis Raceway Park this weekend. The R.E. Technologies Racing...

R.E. Technologies Racing heads to IRP for Hoosier Twin Fifties.

Memphis, TN- May 8, 2003- Donny Schatz and Tyler Walker are tuned up and ready for the Hoosier Twin Fifties at Indianapolis Raceway Park this weekend. The R.E. Technologies Racing teammates spent time testing at IRP and Nazareth in preparation for this weekend's USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown event. "We trimmed a second off our time on a windy and overcast day at the test," Walker said. "I think the track will be faster when we return, there should be more grip and we should be able to pick up more time."

Danny and Tyler turned over 150 laps each during the test at IRP. "We worked on the car all day," Schatz said. "Jack French tweaked the shocks and other handling components looking for the right combination."

Indianapolis Raceway Park has been a challenging track for the team. "IRP is a real competitive track because most of the guys that run sprint cars and midgets there know the track a lot better than those who just run the Silver Crown program," states Team Manager Chris Santucci. Donny Schatz agreed, "IRP is definitely a driver's track. I have heard from a number of drivers that if you can hustle a Silver Crown car around IRP, you can get around anywhere."

This is a high profile race for Donny and Tyler, with Indy Pole qualifying going on just down the road from IRP. "You get a big crowd out there usually," said Walker. "There will be a lot of IRL people out there watching so it will be good for the drivers to prove themselves. IRP is a great place for that and to have a lot of fun."

With Top-20 finishes at Phoenix, both drivers are looking for a good season. "I want to practice well, qualify for the race and finish all 100 laps, said Schatz. There is still a great deal for me to learn about these cars, especially on the pavement and just getting as many laps as I can."

Walker's main focus this year is the championship and feels he has got a great shot at it. "If we keep on digging like we are now, then there is no reason we can't be fighting for the championship at the end of the year."

TIME OUT

According to the USAC website, Saturday's race will be split into two 50-lap segments. A red flag will signify the completion of the first "50" and a two-abreast restart will be utilized for the second "50" with up to the first six starters inverted. That number will be determined by a draw between races.

Even though his drivers have fewer laps on the track than most, Santucci is confident that his teams will perform well. "The IRP race will be wide open. The 50-lap race will play better than the 100 because our guys are used to running those short races. Tyler sat on the front row two years ago so he knows how to get around there."

BIG BUCKS, NO WHAMMIES

If any driver can win the Hoosier Twin 50's (pavement) and then the Hoosier 100 (dirt) a few weeks later, they can walk away with a $50,000 bonus. That is a lot of motivation for Donny and Tyler.

THE CAUTION IS OUT

Fans on their way to IRP this weekend are encouraged to use alternate routes to the track. Due to bridge work in Clermont, U. S. Highway 136 will be closed. The project will raise the current clearance amount allowing semis and team transporters easier passage through the city of Clermont. For more information on alternate routes, visit www.irponline.com. IRP Gates open at 3pm and tickets are $25.

#115 CAR MECHANIC WINS FEATURE

One of Donny Schatz's mechanics, Mike Ward, won the sprint car feature at Memphis Motorsports Park last month. Ward charged from 12th place to claim his first victory of the year. Mike was on the pole for the $2,000 to win sprint car race in Tunica, Mississippi last weekend when the track called the race due to a curfew.

TURN UP THE RADIO

Tyler Walker appeared on In the Pitts Radio heard on 1200 WAGE AM in the Washington D.C. area on May 7th.

IRP ON TV

Saturday night's race will be broadcast on SpeedChannel on May 15 at 9pm EST.

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Series USAC
Drivers Donny Schatz , Tyler Walker