Indy Cars Test At Kentucky Speedway
July 20, 2000 | 12:00 A.M. EST
Greg Ray, Billy Boat, Scott Sharp, Eliseo Salazar, Jeff Ward, Shigeaki Hattori and Robbie McGehee have been testing this week.
The drivers compared the track to those at Las Vegas, Texas and Pikes Peak, but Ray feels Kentucky Speedway is unique and will provide some exciting racing.
"The banking on Turn 4 goes on forever and there are four or five lines going around," said Ray, the defending Indy Racing Northern Light Series Champion and a five-time pole sitter this season. "When you see people get racey, it’s going to be coming off turn 4. You could easily see a last lap, final turn dash for the finish."
Boat, who has four Top 10 finishes this season, concurred.
"You’ve got a wide racing surface here. There are a varied number of lines that run just as fast," Boat said. "It’s a lot more of a driver’s track than some of the others. It’s purpose-built for what we do. It was put together with a lot of forethought."
The 1.5 mile Tri-Oval Speedway is 70-feet wide, and is banked 14 degrees in the turns, eight degrees coming out of Turn 4 and into Turn 1, and 10 degrees at the start/finish line.