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Crown Royal IROC Series Ready to Roll at Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth, TX (April 1, 2004) – The track went silent and the lights dimmed at Texas Motor Speedway at the conclusion of the Crown Royal IROC Happy Hour practice session, but the fans raved on to the Texas Motor Speedway Fandango celebration, which is an exclusive “Thank You” form the speedway to all season ticket holders.

The Fandango celebration kicked off with the Crown Royal IROC practice session followed by music, fireworks, driver visits and other special guest appearances.

The one-hour final practice session was jam-packed with drivers eager to get in a few more laps before the green flag waves on the field at 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 2. Getting in the Crown Royal IROC practice cars were IRL IndyCar Series™ drivers, Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves and Scott Sharp; NASCAR Truck Series champion, Travis Kvapil; NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers, Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson, and Kevin Harvick; USAC champion, J. J. Yeley and World of Outlaws champion, Danny Lasoski.

At the end of the session, Speed Channel broadcaster, Jeff Hammond took a ride around the 1.5-mile high-banked oval at speed to get a clear perspective of what the Crown Royal IROC drivers would be up against in tomorrow's night race. Test driver, Jay Sauter drove Hammond around in a specially designed Crown Royal IROC ride-around car. On had to make sure Hammond got the full scoop was fellow Crown Royal IROC Speed Channel broadcaster, Mike Joy.

Hammond said, “Getting the opportunity to get the experience of what the IROC drivers will be seeing and feeling when they run this race really adds another dimension to the broadcast for the race fans. The Crown Royal IROC cars are planted into the race track. Jay Sauter took me through the paces in both the high and low racing grooves. When I anticipated the car to start breaking loose, it remained stable, which is really a secure feeling. The Crown Royal IROC test drivers, Dave Marcis, Jim and Jay Sauter have done a great job making the cars comfortable for the drivers.”

IROC President, Jay Signore said, “The biggest part of our job is over and it’s all in the hands of the drivers now. We worked hard to give them as drivable and as equal a field of race cars as we can, I just hope it all proves out in the race for our first time here in Texas. Our experience here (Texas Motor Speedway) has been super.”


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