BRACK, dE FERRAN AND HERTA TEST IRL INDYCAR MACHINES AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY
Three Indy Racing League IndyCar Series teams convened for a one-day test at Kentucky Speedway to prepare for its August 17 "Belterra Casino Indy 300."
Indianapolis 500 champion Gil de Ferran, Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack and Andretti-Green Racing Bryan Herta turned laps on the Kentucky Speedway 1.5-mile tri-oval.
Marlboro Team Penske driver de Ferran entered this week third in the series points chase and trails leader Scott Dixon by only three points entering the series August 10 event at Gateway International Raceway.
With six races remaining in the IRL season, de Ferran said he and teammate Helio Castroneves are focused on winning a championship.
"It's tight," de Ferran said. "It looks like it's going to be tight to the end as well. There's still six races to go and we have to stay focused on each and every race. You can't get sidetracked on over strategizing. You win championships by having good races."
After driving the track, de Ferran predicted a competitive "Belterra Casino Indy 300" at Kentucky Speedway in two weeks.
"You have to make sure you're handling well throughout the race in a variety of different lines to be successful. Last year, there was a lot of side-by-side racing and this year should be no different. This won't be a track position type of race because you can make up spots on this racetrack if you have a good handling racecar.
"From the public standpoint it side-by-side racing makes the race interesting and unpredictable. From my standpoint, I'd rather it be boring. I'd rather start on the pole and disappear into the lead. That's my idea of a race, but nobody likes that and it hardly ever happens," he joked.
Brack, who enters the week fifth in the series standings (-61), conducted his second test in as many months at the speedway. He was cautious in his predictions about Team Rahal's "Belterra Casino Indy 300" debut.
"It will be our first race here so we wanted to come back here and get another data point," Brack said. "The competition (in the series) is so close, anybody can be up there. It's similar to Kansas City and when we went there it was close, exciting racing. It's a great track, I like it a lot. We should be running pretty comfortably."
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