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Old 22 Sep 2004, 12:08 (Ref:1103719)   #1
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News from IPS road course test.



HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Leonardo Maia turned the first laps on a road course in Indy Racing League history on Sept. 21 when he lapped the 2.21-mile course at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a Menards Infiniti Pro Series™ car.

“It’s incredible. I couldn’t be happier,” Maia said. “The car is working really good. I think the transition from oval to road racing will be a lot easier for (the Menards Infiniti Pro Series). To be honest, there’s nothing we really need to change on the car. It’s working really well.

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The IndyCar Series cars will hit the road today
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Old 22 Sep 2004, 13:57 (Ref:1103818)   #2
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Sounds good

Shame they didn't have a couple of more cars though so they could simulate some overtaking maneuvers to see how the cars behave under more "race-like" conditions.
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Old 22 Sep 2004, 15:16 (Ref:1103888)   #3
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Buddy Rice was on the track today...



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http://www.indyracing.com/indycar/ne...?story_id=3567
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Peple have criticised the aesthetics of IRL cars in the past, but that looks very good on a road course.
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Old 22 Sep 2004, 16:17 (Ref:1103935)   #5
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Interesting they didn't post the times!

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Old 22 Sep 2004, 17:29 (Ref:1103992)   #6
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I think that they're more concerned with testing all the equippment, rather than the lap times...there will be pleanty of time for that later.

Also, there is more news to come, and hopefully some more photos. Stay tuned...
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A few more photos now online...

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Helio Castroneves and Alex Barron give thier thoughts so far.

“I’m like a kid in a candy store,” said Castroneves, who was driving the No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/Firestone. “I’m extremely happy to be turning right and left again.

“Road course racing is where I've come from,” said Barron, the driver of the No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone. “I enjoy it a great deal. I like the ovals to. I think it will be good to have a good mix for next year.

IndyRacing.com is being continually updated at the mo, and we'll be keeping you up to date as always...

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Buddy Rice also had this to say -

..."It's a big learning curve to take these cars that have been made to predominantly just go left and try and sort everything out, but I think it's going quite well,” Rice said...
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While I'm optimistic about what I'm reading in regards to the test, one has to wonder how much of the reports have been filtered through the IRL PR machine.

Oh well, at least it's nice to see they did some wet-weather running as well
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Peple have criticised the aesthetics of IRL cars in the past, but that looks very good on a road course.
I agree KB.

The IndyCars look very good in there high downforce configuration, especially the G-Force chassis.

I'm really interested in seeing which chassis performs better on the road courses though. I imagine one or the other will dominate somewhat. I doubt they'll be equal. We probably won't see any comparisons for awhile though.

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Dallara have the road-racing pedigree, but I expect they will be pretty equal.

The rulebook is quite restrictive.
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Looks like they got to test running in the rain/wet conditions

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Apparantly it was raining in the morning. Good chance to test out the wet tires.
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Good stuff!

And I agree, the cars look good. Although I've never been bothered by their appearence much. I also think it will be interesting to see how the two chassis types fair on the road courses as well as the engine packages.
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