Random News - May 1999

Testing At Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. (May 6)- - With flags at half staff, Lowe's Motor Speedway returned to the business of racing Wednesday, holding a test for Winston Cup cars on the track where three spectators died last weekend after a wreck in an Indy Racing League event. This week's testing sessions were closed to the public. "Our hearts go out to the folks who lost their lives and their families and the people who were injured," Jeff Gordon said. "But we know that Charlotte Motor Speedway, the IRL and really everybody in motorsports is going to come together and do whatever they can to improve the situation to make sure that doesn't happen again. We feel pretty fortunate in Winston Cup. With NASCAR rules, the way our cars are built, things like that are a little less likely to happen. But still we want to prevent anything like that. We want to keep the fans safe, we want to keep the drivers safe and make it a fun event for everybody to enjoy." At the Charlotte test, Gordon's team unveiled a new car that was built after a similar car was wrecked beyond repair at Texas.

Back To School
IRWINDALE, CA. (May 2)- - Ray Evernham, Jeff Gordon's crew chief and team manager of the #24 Winston Cup team, officially opened the Evernham/Hawley Race Training Center at Irwindale Speedway along with former drag racing champion Frank Hawley. Curriculum at the Evernham/Hawley Race Training Center will include classes in driving, race car set-up, mechanical preparation and race psychology and physiology. "It is our goal to provide racers with solid fundamentals, and much more. Both Ray and I believe that no matter how good someone is, they can always improve," Hawley said. Evernham said, "The Race Training Center will be quite unlike other schools around the country. We intend to do a lot more than teach the best line to take. There are specific ingredients that make winning drivers, crew chiefs and mechanics, and Frank and I believe that these winning ways can be taught to anyone willing to learn." For additional information about the school, call Frank Hawley at (877) 901-7223.

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