CANONSBURG, PA (May 13,
2004) –The month of May is always a special time for
anyone near Indianapolis. After all, the entire
month is filled with practice, time trials, the
Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend, and a
number of races by various sanctioning bodies at
Indianapolis Raceway Park. This weekend the Hooters
ProCup Series will invade the .686-mile oval at IRP
for the third time in four years and Logan Dernoshek
will be making his first start of 2004 in the
unsponsored No. 10 Pontiac.
Dernoshek goes to IRP with a new outlook for 2004
after running three events in 2003. In order to
improve his understanding of the truck-arm style
cars after graduating from the three-link, coilover
late model-style chassis, he spent a week with
chassis builder Billy Hess over the winter and
gained much more information to help him excel at
the ProCup level.
"I'm a lot more
confident in my knowledge of the car this year,"
said the Gannon University mechanical engineering
graduate. "We took the car completely apart over the
winter, changed some things and upgraded others. I
still have a lot to learn but now I feel I have a
solid base of knowledge to build off of."
IRP is a very unique
track on the Hooters ProCup schedule. It's the
largest track that the Northern Division will run on
in 2004, but its sweeping corners and short
straightaways put a premium emphasis on handling and
taking care of tires. Its immense size, as far as
short tracks are classified, still lends itself to
high speeds in excess of 130mph entering the
corners. For Dernoshek, however, the high speeds and
wide racing surface remind him of some of the dirt
tracks he raced on before moving up to pavement late
models in 2000 and have him excited about his first
trip to the Indiana facility.
"The only things I
know about IRP are from watching the races on
television and running it on the computer. I think
I'm going to like it though," Dernoshek said. "I
always enjoyed the big half mile dirt tracks with
the modified and Jennerstown with the late model."
The next three events
for the No. 10 team will set the tone for the year
as after IRP, the team will go to their home track
in Jennerstown followed by Lake Erie Speedway, only
a short drive from the team's shop. A solid run at
Indianapolis will begin a surge of momentum that
Dernoshek hopes will carry through the entire year.
"Indy is a little bit
of a drive, but after that we get to stay close to
home," the driver of the No. 10 Pontiac explained.
"I have some laps around Jennerstown which is only
two hours away and I went to college in Erie at
Gannon University so I'm hoping to have my
Fraternity brothers and friends at the track
cheering me on. I'm confident that the fans are
going to see some great racing at all three events.
I think we can be a contender at all of them."
The Naturally Fresh
Foods 200 presented by Lucas Oil is scheduled for a
1:30pm CT start with tickets still available through
the IRP ticket office at 317-291-4090, or through
the IRP website at
http://www.irponline.com. For those unable to
attend, the event will be broadcast on Speed Channel
at 8pm ET on May 20.
Racing, Inc. is actively seeking sponsors and
marketing partners for the 2004 season and beyond.
Interested parties can contact the team through USAR
or through team marketing rep Tony Stevens at (412)
225-0348 for more information. More information
about Logan Dernoshek and the team can be found