Junior And Boris Test A Corvette
While the rival ACEMCO Saleen team was at Portland this week, Corvette
Racing was at GingerMan Raceway, Michigan, on Wednesday, providing
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Boris Said an opportunity to test a Corvette
for the first time, prior to the Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma on
July 16-18. The team is entering a third C5-R at this race.
”Man, the tires
and brakes are amazing," said Earnhardt Jr. "The brakes
are 10 times better than when I drove the car before. The other
series didn't allow carbon brakes, so this is the first time I've
ever had a chance to run on them. There is a huge learning curve
but once I got the hang of it, it was great. Ron and Boris helped
me out to figure how to squeeze the brake pedal."
is a reference to driving a C5-R at Daytona in 2001.
Ron Fellows was present
to help familiarise the new Corvette racers with their car: he and
Johnny O'Connell will be aiming for a fourth consecutive win at
Sonoma in July.
"Overall the car
is awesome," said the always quotable Boris Said. "I've
seen this thing for four years when I was in a GT car and I'm happy
to be given the opportunity to drive it. It sounds awesome and the
handling is just incredible."
like sports car racing because the equipment is so advanced,"
said the equally quotable Earnhardt (right). "The Corvette
C5-R is such a capable race car and, above all, it's fun to drive.
This car is so capable, if you realize you've made a mistake you
can figure it out and correct it maybe the next time you hit that
corner. In other sports cars I've driven you're fighting just to
keep on line. This car allows you a certain level of precision."
extremely impressed with Junior's progress through the day at the
test," said Ron Fellows. "Without a doubt he's a great
racing driver regardless of which car he's driving or which direction
he's turning. His adaptability skills have improved immensely.
"You see a new level
of focus. I'm not just saying that because of his last name, he's
earned it. He did a hell of a job. He and Boris ran at about the
same time and that's remarkable. Boris doing well is no surprise
and we're looking forward to seeing him and Dale Jr. do well at
Sonoma. They are going to surprise some people, no doubt."
E is going to be a riot!" concluded Boris Said.