Michigan fact sheet
<pre> WHAT: The 25th running of the True Value IROC series, race Three of four. WHERE: Michigan International Speedway, 2.0-mile banked oval. WHEN: Saturday, June 9, 2001 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) BROADCAST: (Same Day) ESPN - ...
WHAT: The 25th running of the True Value IROC series, race Three of four.
WHERE: Michigan International Speedway, 2.0-mile banked oval.
WHEN: Saturday, June 9, 2001 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
BROADCAST: (Same Day) ESPN - Saturday, June 9 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
WHO: 11 drivers, competing at the invitation of True Value IROC race organizers. NAME: REPRESENTING: Kenny Brack CART FedEx Championship Series Jeff Burton NASCAR Winston Cup Series Eddie Cheever Jr. Northern Light Indy Racing League Mark Dismore Northern Light Indy Racing League Al Unser, Jr./ Scott Goodyear Northern Light Indy Racing League Jeff Green NASCAR BUSCH Grand National Series Dave Marcis/Dale Jarrett NASCAR Winston Cup Series Bobby Labonte NASCAR Winston Cup Series Buddy Lazier Northern Light Indy Racing League Ricky Rudd NASCAR Winston Cup Series Tony Stewart NASCAR Winston Cup Series
DISTANCE: 100.00 Miles, 50 laps (Yellow flag laps do not count.) No pit stop required.
PURSE: Total $1,025,000 with $250,000 awarded to the Championship based on points standings at the end of the fourth race.
LINE UP: Starting order determined by reversing the current point standings with the exception of the pole position. The car color assignments are determined by a blind draw, followed by an additional draw for the pole position in honor of the 25th anniversary season. The driver whose car is selected will start on the pole regardless of his position in the points standing. Car numbers reflect driver's current position in points.
CARS: Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, equally prepared by IROC.
Last Year: Eddie Cheever, Jr., won his first True Value IROC race after a heated battle with Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Cheever, Jr.'s victory was the first for a driver representing the Indy Racing Northern Light Series.
SCHEDULE: Race 4 August 4, 2001 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-mile oval 100 miles (40 laps) Broadcast: ESPN Date: Friday, August 10 Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET
True Value IROC at Michigan Fast Facts: · Al Unser, Jr., will substitute for Scott Goodyear who sustained a fracture to his back in a crash in the Indy 500. Scott Goodyear joins Dr. Jerry Punch, and Geoff Bodine offering expert commentary on the ESPN broadcast team for the True Value IROC Michigan race-three. Ray Dunlap will report from the pits.
· Dave Marcis will substitute for Dale Jarrett who will sit out due to a serratus anterior tear, (muscle torn from the rib cage) as a result of a crash during qualifying at Charlotte.
· Eddie Cheever, Buddy Lazier, Mark Dismore, and Al Unser Jr. will be doing double duty Saturday, competing in round three of the True Value IROC series at MIS in the afternoon and in the Casino Magic 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, round five of the Indy Racing Northern Light Series Saturday Night.
· Winningest Driver Al Unser Jr. (4 Wins).
· Only other multiple winners are: Neil Bonnett (3 Wins), Geoff Brabham (2 Wins), Dale Earnhardt 2 Wins).
· 6/9/2001 will be the 99th IROC Event & 27th Michigan IROC Event.
· Winners, From Pole Position: Bobby Allison, IROC 6 (1978), Al Unser Jr., True Value IROC 19 (1995).
· Winners, Leading Start-To-Finish: Dale Earnhardt, True Value IROC 14 (1990).
· Winners, Starting From Last (12 Position): Dale Earnhardt, True Value IROC 23 (1999).
· Wins By Division: (of 25 Wins) 15 Stock Car, 8 Open Wheel, 2 Sports Car.
· Michigan Race Record: 176.910 mph (Mark Martin 8/17/96) 35 minutes, 44 seconds.
· Michigan Ties Daytona for IROC Race Lead Change Record: 25 (IROC 4, Race One, 9/18/76).
· Over-All Record Margin of Victory: .007 Second- Dale Earnhardt over Earnhardt Jr. True Value IROC 23 (1999).
· 6/10/2000 Eddie Cheever, Jr., became the first Indy Racing Northern Light Series driver to win a True Value IROC race.
</pre> Kenny Brack: "I am really looking forward to this race. I give one hundred percent to IROC as I do to CART, and to win this would be very important to me. In my first year I learned all the big stuff about driving in this type of racing and I finished highest among the open wheel drivers, which I am very proud of. It is usually in my second year that I start getting very competitive, and you learn more of the little tricks and fine-tune your abilities. That is how I have been in every series I've competed in and this is my second year in IROC."
About the cars: "The cars have been very good, they're a bit more neutral than when I ran here in 1999. Being here throughout the week has given me the opportunity to learn more about how the cars react to changes. I'm always learning and trying new things, it's really a lot of fun too."
Eddie Cheever, Jr.: "I am real happy with how the cars are handling; no complaints here. I was just very anxious to get some track time in before going to Texas and I'm glad we did. It's a lot of fun, but you do have to drive a smart race here. Michigan is not as forgiving as Daytona or Talladega where you can cool the tires off a bit between charges. If you abuse the tires here, the guys that drove more conservatively are going to get you, so you've got to strike a balance, stay competitive while not using up the car to soon."
About the True Value IROC experience: "It's a lot of fun, but at the same time it is a serious, fiercely competed battle, very tight racing. It's just so different than what we (open wheel drivers) are used to, I mean, sometimes you feel like a pinball getting bounced around, it's very close, very intense."
" When you are in traffic you've got to be driving from four or five cars ahead of you. You can't drive just from what you see directly in front of your windshield, you're driving according to what's happening as far up as you can see."
Mark Dismore: "When I first went out it was on older tires and less fuel, so when we came in for fresh rubber and fuel it took a few laps for me to get comfortable. I think it was just the driver being a bit rusty because at first, to me, the car was on the edge, but as the session went on I got more comfortable, the car felt really good in the turns -- on both ends of the track."
Buddy Lazier: "I'm still in awe of the whole IROC process. I can't express enough how much I've been enjoying this series. I've never driven in a stock car here and I am grateful that we got some laps in. It is so different than the first two tracks (Daytona and Talladega), but I feel pretty good about what we accomplished today, I'll have some time to mull over the session and be ready for Saturday."
<pre> STARTING LINEUP - TRUE VALUE IROC XXV - RACE THREE MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY, SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2001 50 LAPS - 100 MILES - 2 Mile Banked Oval ROW ONE COLOR NUMBER DRIVER REPRESENTING POINTS 1 SILVER 5 Eddie Cheever Jr. Indy RacingNorthern Light Series 24 2 EVANS ORANGE 11 Tony Stewart NASCAR Winston Cup 13 ROW TWO 3 LIME 10 Jeff Burton NASCAR Winston Cup 14 4 WHITE 9 Al Unser Jr./Scott Goodyear Indy RacingNorthern Light Series 15 ROW THREE 5 MEDIUMBLUE 8 Jeff Green NASCAR Busch Series 15 6 ROSE 7 Mark Dismore Indy RacingNorthern Light Series 15 ROW FOUR 7 DARKBLUE 6 Buddy Lazier Indy RacingNorthern Light Series 18 8 GOLD 4 Dave Marcis/Dale Jarrett NASCAR Winston Cup 28 ROW FIVE 9 VIOLET 3 Kenny Brack CART FedEx Series 29 10 BLACK 2 Ricky Rudd NASCAR Winston Cup 31 ROW SIX 11 YELLOW 1 Bobby Labonte NASCAR Winston Cup 34
Starting Order: Reverse order of Points Standings with exception of the pole, which is determined by a secondary draw in honor of the 25th anniversary season.
Car number: Reflects starting position. Car Colors: Determined by blind draw Thursday, June 7
Tiebreaker: In the event that two or more drivers are tied for bonus points, the bonus points will be awarded according to the finishing positions of the race.
In the event that two or more drivers are tied at the finish line, the points for finishing positions will be added together and divided among the tying drivers.