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IROC Team Hits the Pavement at Texas

Ft. WORTH, April 1, 2006 - The Crown Royal International Race of Champions team hit the pavement at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday in preparation for round-two of the 30th Anniversary season of Crown Royal IROC racing.

For the third-consecutive year "The Great American Speedway" will host the second race of the Crown Royal IROC season, which will take place on Friday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. (EDT), broadcast live on SPEED Channel.

Crown Royal IROC test drivers, Dave Marcis, David Donohue, Jim and Jay Sauter spent the evening collecting initial test data on all of the Crown Royal IROC race cars.

IROC President, Jay Signore said, "We're off to a good start here at Texas Motor Speedway. We're all getting re-acclimated to the racetrack and to the Goodyear Eagle Radial race tires, which is a different compound for us this year. The tires seem to have a lot of grip, especially with the track being as green as it is and out of the box the feedback on the race cars is all good. "

Jim Sauter said, "I think the cars are awesome. The Goodyear tire for IROC this year is the best we've had so far here in Texas. There is a second groove, and you can race in it, so it's just a matter of how much better we can improve on the cars, which is going to be the challenge."

Marcis agreed saying, "I would have to agree with Jim (Sauter), the cars are the best we've had on a first day out. I have to pay compliments to the IROC crew for how well they have the cars prepared in light of the fact that, as everybody saw, there was a lot of damage on most all of the race cars after the Daytona race and the team had to basically rebuild most of the cars."

David Donohue is new to the IROC test team this year, and the IROC experience at Texas Motor Speedway is completely new to him. "This is my first time in the IROC cars at Texas Motor Speedway and I didn't have any problem getting comfortable, so I would have to say it should be a comfortable situation for the drivers who don't do this everyday."

Although new to the test team, Donohue is not new to IROC as his father, the late Mark Donohue was an integral part of the development team that created the series and also the inaugural IROC champion in 1974.

Signore concluded, "We always look forward to coming out to Texas Motor Speedway. It is truly a beautiful facility and we greatly appreciate the efforts on behalf of Eddie Gossage and his entire team for providing the Crown Royal IROC Series with the opportunity to race here in front of the Texas race fans."

The Crown Royal IROC team will continue on track testing and driver practice daily at Texas Motor Speedway through the April 7th race-two event. For race ticket information, call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket hotline at (817) 215-8500 or log on to www.texasmotorspeedway.com.


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