Wallace Fastest Montoya Third In Iowa Test
September 29, 2006 | 2:29 P.M. EST
With Steve Wallace driving the Rusty Wallace, Inc Busch Series car in Kansas this weekend, car owner and father Rusty decided to pilot the No. 61 Hantz Group-Nu South Lemonade Dodge during the morning session of the Iowa Speedway open test.
“I wanted to experience the track in a ‘real’ racecar, a big, heavy ARCA car,” said Wallace. “With Steven in Kansas, I decided to test the car for him here today, and I’ve got to tell you, this place is smooth and fast…everything I had hoped for during the design process."
Wallace, the 1989 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion, turned several laps before and after the press conference. He also made a late afternoon run that shot him to the top of the speed charts.
“This is the first time I’ve been in a stock car in eight months. It felt great. Anyone who comes here to race is going to love this place.”
Montoya Getting Comfortable
Juan Pablo Montoya is quickly “getting up to speed” in a full-bodied stock car. Montoya, the former Formula One driver and Indy 500 winner who is making the transition to stock cars with Chip Ganassi Racing, indicated he very much likes the transition.
“I’m really very comfortable in the car,” Montoya stated during the noon lunch press function during the Iowa Speedway open test. “My vision is good in the car, and I got up to speed pretty quickly here this morning.
“Anyone can drive Talladega,” Montoya quipped. “This place…you really have to race. The hardest thing for me has been the braking, how to drive the car into the corner, use the brakes, and then get back on the accelerator.”
Montoya unofficially turned the third quickest lap overall with a speed of 102.727 mph.
Iowa Race Lands Sponsor
Also during the test, Rusty Wallace introduced Prairie Meadows Casino as the title sponsor of the Sunday afternoon, October 15th, ARCA RE/MAX Series season finale at the new .875 mile oval in Newton, Iowa.