IndyCar test is a homecoming for
Davey Hamilton was feeling a little nostalgic
Monday as he tested his Dreyer & Reinbold Racing IndyCar at Las Vegas Motor
Hamilton, who joined teammate
Ana Beatriz in testing for the Oct. 16 IZOD IndyCar World Championships at
LVMS, actually worked for the speedway during its construction and formative
years in the late 1990s.
“I remember being out here
putting shovels in the ground before anything was built," said Hamilton,
who now makes his home in Indianapolis. "It's amazing to see how much this place has changed since those
days, but those were some of the best days of my life working out here and
seeing this place get built."
Hamilton, 49, competed in every IndyCar event from the series
inception in 1996 until a horrifying crash at Texas Motor Speedway in 2001,
which left him with severe injuries to both feet and out of racing for the next
six years. Hamilton finished ninth in his first IndyCar race back - the
2007 Indianapolis 500.
“I'm really enjoying being
back in the car, and I really want to run well here because I consider this my
home track," Hamilton said. "We really struggled at Texas with all of our cars, so we wanted to run this test
to try and improve our speedway program."
Hamilton and Beatriz were
turning laps at approximately 213 miles per hour, which was in the same range
that Scott Dixon ran during a Firestone tire test in the spring. Hamilton said he expects the pole speed to be somewhere around
215 miles per hour with cooler track temperatures expected in October.
The IZOD IndyCar World Championships will
close out an exciting weekend of racing that will include the NASCAR Camping
World Truck Series event on Saturday, Oct. 15 and qualifying day for both the
Trucks and IndyCars on Friday, Oct. 14. Tickets, Neon Garage and paddock passes
are available through the LVMS ticket services office at www.lvms.com or