While NASCAR Winston Cup drivers Kevin Harvick, Bobby Labonte and Ricky Craven began a two-day Goodyear tire test for the July 14 Tropicana 400, the True Value IROC Racing Series continued their second day of testing for the July 13 IROC 100 at Chicagoland Speedway.

While taking "turns" with IROC on the track throughout the day, Harvick, Labonte and Craven ran 10 to 15 laps each session and returned to give feedback to Goodyear engineers. Mark Keto, lead engineer for the NASCAR group at Goodyear Tire Company, said, "The test has gone well and we have gotten great feedback from the drivers." Keto added, "(Chicagoland Speedway) was a new surface last year and there is usually a pretty big change after the first year, so we just want to make sure our tires reflect that change. Our goal coming in here is to make sure that we have a good consistent tire the drivers are happy with."

Though not conducting a formal tire test with IROC, Goodyear was also able to receive some feedback throughout the day from IROC test drivers Dave Marcis and Jim Sauter. Jay Signore, president of IROC, is pleased so far with this week's test. "This week's test session has met our expectations. Today, we are trying to reinforce what we have learned, as well as take advantage of today's sun and added heat."

Harvick, who is the defending NASCAR Winston Cup Tropicana 400 winner, will return to defend his win, as well as participate in Round Three of IROC at Chicagoland Speedway. "The whole series of IROC is really cool and to race here in Chicago where I won the track's inaugural Winston Cup race is exciting for me." Though Harvick and his team have not had the same overall success in 2002 as last year, he says not to count them out. "(NASCAR Racing) is a frustrating sport at times. You can be on top of the world one day, be knocked down the next day and be at the bottom of the barrel, then wake-up the next day and win a race and be back on top. We're still here I promise you, and we'll win a race or two before the season is over."

IROC rookie driver, Danny Lasoski, who returned for Tuesday's IROC test after a rainout at the World of Outlaws event in Pennsylvania, says he expects a great IROC race. "Right now, we are running wide open in practice and during July's race, it will be two wide. It's going to be a great race," said Lasoski.

NASCAR weekend returns to Chicagoland Speedway July 12-14 and brings the True Value IROC Racing Series along for the weekend ride. For tickets, call 815-727-RACE or purchase online at The World of Outlaws will run Friday night of NASCAR weekend at the ?-mile dirt oval track at Chicagoland Speedway's sister track, Route 66 Raceway.

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