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They had questions, LRP had answers

31339_394464584002_44115954002_4160520_7252059_nAs part of the Tuesday, May 11 Test & Tune day, Hoosier Tire and NASCAR officials Chad Little, Bret Bodine and Kip Childress, and four Whelen Modified Tour teams were at Lime Rock Park to figure out tire wear and course configuration for the July 2-3 NASCAR Doubleheader.

Whelen drivers Todd Szegedy in the #2 Wisk/Snuggle Ford, Bobby Santos in the #4 “Mystic Missile” Dodge, Ted Christopher in the #36 Al-Lee Installations Chevy, and Rowan Pennink in the #93 Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevy drove two configurations: the layout using both optional corners (Uphill and West Bend), and the layout that’s going to be used by the Grand-Am Daytona Prototypes and GTs on Memorial Day: new Uphill and classic West Bend. NASCAR, Hoosier and the drivers all agreed that the Grand-Am configuration is going to be great for the Modifieds.

Whelen Mods Series Director Chad Little told the Hartford Courant, "I think it's good for a couple reasons. The optional Uphill gives everyone a second braking point that would be another passing zone. I think that's important for our cars. And having the classic Uphill as a safe run-off area is terrific.”

Szegedy, of Ridgefield, Conn., was the quickest on the day, putting up a lap of :54.010 in the last session. In terms of Modified drivers, he’s a bit of a ringer: he was a road racer from 1983 to 1996 and raced a bunch at Lime Rock.

“Ironically, my first ever Modified race was at Watkins Glen in 2000, which as it turns out was the last time they were on a road course,” Szegedy told us. “I like the layout we’re going to run. I was making a total of seven shifts per lap [the four-speed boxes had first-gear removed]. The :54s I was running is a bit quicker than the race-pace will be, but I gotta say, the Hoosier was very consistent and very grippy. I can’t wait for the race.”

The tire is the compound the teams use on the right-front when they’re racing the ovals.

Tickets for the July 2-3 Lime Rock Park NASCAR Doubleheader – the K&N Pro Series stock cars and the Whelen Modified Tour – start at $15 for Friday practice and qualifying, and $45 for the weekend. Support races include the rejuvenated Trans-Am championship.

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