Weather Halts Dolllanskys Indy Racing League Test

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FORT WORTH, TX (November 25) – World of Outlaws sprint car star Craig Dollansky barely had an opportunity to get the engine warm on the Indy Racing League machine Monday before cold temperatures cut short his attempt to earn a series license Monday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Dollansky drove the Purex-Aventis G Force driven this season by Robbie Buhl in his attempt to earn an Indy Racing League license. However, temperatures that never rose above the mid-40 degree mark cut short the rookie test after only five laps around the 1.5-mile superspeedway with Dollansky reaching 167.3 mph on a warm-up lap.

Dollansky is hoping to expand his racing efforts in 2003 to include Indy Racing League events in addition to another full season on the national World of Outlaws dirt track sprint car circuit. Dollansky won the 2000 World of Outlaws Gumout Series championship and placed third in the 2002 Pennzoil World of Outlaws sprint car standings behind Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski.

“I felt very comfortable in the car,” Dollansky said after his abbreviated Indy Racing League test. “Unfortunately the weather was pretty cold so it was hard to get the tire temperatures where they needed to be. We are just going to have to reschedule and come back again.

“We are looking to get something done to go to the Indianapolis 500 in 2003. There are a lot of good people behind the deal. Robbie Buhl and everyone at Dreyer & Reinbold have been very good about the whole situation. I definitely like the race cars, I like the high speeds. Scott Boyd from Karavan (Motorsports) is a big part of it. We are all ready to work at it and make it happen.”

Dollansky is expected to be among the field when the World of Outlaws invades the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track March 28-29 and Oct. 10-11. Dirt Track season tickets good for all four nights of World of Outlaws racing are available for just $80 at the speedway ticket office or by calling (817) 215-8500.

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