"The Dude" Draws Ninth for Daytona IROC Race February 16, 2005 -- Although the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is idle this weekend, Danny "the Dude" Lasoski and Steve Kinser still be duking it out on the racetrack. Both...
"The Dude" Draws Ninth for Daytona IROC Race
February 16, 2005 -- Although the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is idle this weekend, Danny "the Dude" Lasoski and Steve Kinser still be duking it out on the racetrack. Both drivers will be taking to the pavement of Daytona International Speedway as the season opening Crown Royal International Race of Champions kicks off this Friday. The IROC competitors gathered today to draw for their starting positions and Lasoski drew the ninth starting position for the race.
"The King (Steve Kinser) and I will both be starting towards the back of this one," said Lasoski, referring to Kinser's 12th starting spot. "But a lot of guys have won these races from the back, so we know it can be done. Daytona is 2.5 miles so you just flat-foot it, use the draft and try to stay out of trouble," said Lasoski. "We have practiced a lot the last few weeks and we are ready to go out and give it our best shot."
Lasoski finished sixth in the 2004 Crown Royal IROC Series points race. When asked about competing in the IROC Series he said, "I have a blast running with the Crown Royal IROC Series. Just to be mentioned in the same sentence as some of these guys is an honor, not to mention racing against them on the track. These guys are all great drivers that I respect and to be included in this group is a real honor. I have gotten to know some really great people and even met Mario Andretti this week," said Lasoski. "This difference from the IROC cars to sprint cars is like night and day, but it is a lot of fun and I have learned a lot. We have some great coaches in Dave Marcis, Jim and Jay Sauter and Jay Signore that tell us all about the cars and show us how to turn faster laps," he said.
Lasoski shocked the racing community last season by becoming the first World of Outlaws driver to win an IROC event since Steve Kinser's 1994 Talladega victory when he topped the field at Texas Motor Speedway. "That was awesome! Winning the Texas IROC race will rank that right up there when I look back at my career highlights. I didn't think anything would be like winning the Knoxville Nationals, but that came close," he laughed. A colorful victory display ensued after the Texas win including a new twist when smoking the tires for the crowd. So what would "the Dude" do if he won again? "When I won last year, I was afraid I wouldn't do very good donuts so I just parked it against the wall and stood on it! I had that thing in third gear just burning up the tires. Since then I have noticed some of the NASCAR guys doing that so now I will have to come up with something new," he said.
The first of four Crown Royal IROC Series races will take the green flag at 6:00 PM EST at Daytona International Speedway this Friday. The race is scheduled to be broadcast live on the SPEED Channel. Tune in to watch as "The Dude" and "The King" take on ten other stars of the racing world.