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Brickyard Test Session


SPEEDWAY, IN. (July 17)- - Jeff Gordon took to the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a two day test session on July 15-16 in preparation for the Brickyard 400 on August 4. The winner of the Brickyard 400 has gone on to win the Winston Cup title the past four seasons.

Gordon won the event in 1994, 1998, and 2001 and looks to become the first repeat stock car winner at the Brickyard. He's also won three poles at the race. "It's been a very special place," said Gordon, who spent his formative racing years living in nearby Pittsboro, Indiana. "Just to come here and be able to be a part of the inaugural Brickyard 400, that was all my dreams come true."

"They've done some grinding on the track, so there's a lot of grip," Gordon said. "We're just trying to see how things have evolved for our cars, the tires, and also with the track. We learned quite a bit. I think the speeds are going to be really fast. I'm hoping that we do have a little more tire wear than we had at most places, because that way it won't come down to a fuel mileage deal. It will come down to putting new tires on. Not a whole lot of an outside groove, because of all the rubber build-up that's been thrown out there. I just don't know if we'll be able to make the groove wide enough." State of the art soft wall technology was implemented at the track for the Indianapolis 500 in May. The safer barriers will remain in place for the August NASCAR event. "We're excited to have it there," Gordon said. "None of us want to use it and find out how well it works. It's nice to know that they're taking extra measures to make the track safer for all of us. I think it's a good thing." Regarding his past success at Indy, Gordon sees it as a combination of factors. "Sometimes it's liking the track, sometimes it's putting a good setup under the car, and sometimes it's just getting some good, lucky breaks. We've had all those things fall in our favor when we've been here in Indianapolis, and we hope we can do that again this year."


JG AUDIO (mp3 files):
+Jeff talks about winning the inaugural NASCAR race at Indy
+Jeff talks about his racing heroes


Brickyard Testing Photos:
+Jeff in the garage | +Jimmie Johnson on pit road


July 16 Test Report

Matt Kenseth turned the fastest unofficial stock-car lap at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a 181.956 mile per hour lap during testing on July 16. On the final day of testing, Kenseth, Rusty Wallace, and Jimmy Spencer all exceeded the NASCAR track record of 181.072 set by Brett Bodine during second round qualifying in August 2000.

July 16 Top Speeds - From IMS PR
Matt Kenseth, 181.956; Rusty Wallace, 181.127; Jimmy Spencer, 181.113;
Ryan Newman, 181.072; Ted Musgrave, 180.624; Jimmie Johnson, 180.595;
Kevin Harvick, 180.502; Ricky Rudd, 180.290; Jeff Green, 179.990;
John Andretti, 179.971; Casey Atwood, 179.876; Joe Nemechek, 179.840;
Derrike Cope, 179.675; Jeff Burton, 179.496; Elliott Sadler, 179.446;
Ward Burton, 178.989; Kyle Petty, 178.776; Brett Bodine, 178.595;
Jeff Gordon (24A), 178.334; Stuart Kirby, 178.237; Tony Stewart (Chevy), 177.979;
Jeff Gordon (24B), 177.769; Tony Raines, 177.448; Geoffrey Bodine, 177.226;
Stacy Compton, 176.646; Tony Stewart (Pontiac), 176.631; Steve Grissom, 176.605;
Michael Waltrip, 176.557; Ron Hornaday, 176.404; Bill Elliott, 175.911;
Scott Wimmer, 175.506; Jeremy Mayfield, 175.452; Bobby Labonte, 173.869;
Dick Trickle, 173.597; Shawna Robinson, 173.060; Carl Long, 172.671



July 15 Test Report

A total of 36 drivers in 54 different cars took to the 2.5-mile track on a warm, sunny Indiana day. A total of 2,069 laps were completed on Monday.
Jeff Gordon tested two different cars during the session. 24A turned faster lap times than 24B. However, all eyes were on the Joe Gibbs Racing duo of Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte. The pair brought two Pontiacs and two Monte Carlos to the test session. They'll decide which car to use based on the test results.

July 15 Top Speeds - From IMS PR

Pos.

Car No.

Driver

Best Speed

Laps

1

10

Jerry Nadeau

181.324

51

2

41

Jimmy Spencer

180.352

33

3

17

Matt Kenseth

180.133

36

4

22

Ward Burton

179.397

25

5

07

Ted Musgrave

179.078

40

6

28H

Ricky Rudd

178.985

24

7

17A

Matt Kenseth

178.788

18

8

25B

Joe Nemechek

178.187

73

9

41A

Jimmy Spencer

177.743

23

10

21M

Elliott Sadler

177.516

61

11

12A

Ryan Newman

177.449

14

12

24A

Jeff Gordon

177.299

22

13

7A

Casey Atwood

176.951

27

14

21

Elliott Sadler

176.552

40

15

09

Geoffrey Bodine

176.382

40

16

57

Stuart Kirby

176.369

57

17

73

Tony Raines

175.925

30

18

12

Ryan Newman

175.871

50

19

44A

Steve Grissom

175.719

55

20

29

Kevin Harvick

175.690

53

21

10A

Jerry Nadeau

175.680

45

22

24B

Jeff Gordon

175.676

17

23

20

Tony Stewart

175.632

40

24

11

Brett Bodine

175.574

19

25

20X

Tony Stewart

175.457

39

26

9A

Bill Elliott

175.116

57

27

15X

Michael Waltrip

175.056

75

28

30A

Jeff Green

175.015

48

29

48A

Jimmie Johnson

174.913

92

30

37A

Derrike Cope

174.778

27

31

9B

Bill Elliott

174.597

65

32

99

Jeff Burton

174.565

145

33

29A

Kevin Harvick

174.560

9

34

2

Rusty Wallace

174.556

84

35

15

Michael Waltrip

174.507

42

36

43B

John Andretti

174.295

51

37

30

Jeff Green

173.810

8

38

19A

Jeremy Mayfield

173.770

25

39

37

Derrike Cope

173.705

15

40

18A

Bobby Labonte

173.476

39

41

22A

Ward Burton

173.378

36

42

43A

John Andretti

173.321

14

43

14C

Stacey Compton

173.225

36

44

71

Dick Trickle

173.216

35

45

18B

Bobby Labonte

173.213

16

46

45

Kyle Petty

173.023

73

47

19B

Jeremy Mayfield

172.429

11

48

59

Ron Hornaday

172.072

18

49

73X

Tony Raines

171.618

28

50

49

Shawna Robinson

171.083

47

51

27

Scott Wimmer

170.003

63

52

7

Casey Atwood

167.860

8

53

49A

Shawna Robinson

163.992

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