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SRD Indycar 2014: Race 3 - Michigan

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@VictoryLaneEnterprises-Not quite where we expected to be after second practice but the rain and the green track might've had something to do with it. 47 will start P6, 98 will start P14 and 97 will start P25. #srdindycar
 

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AsherRacing: "Qualifying is complete. @DanAsher26 starts P5, @zweb95 starts P8, @jbraun1357 starts P24. #SRDIndycar #PureMichigan250"
 

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@CLlamas48 - "Well, The only thing to say about today is that come tomorrow we can't really go backwards anymore.. #RoadCourses "
 

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Bobby Farrell - "Well we keep going the wrong way. Lost a little bit of speed for qualifying which put us last for the race. Just looking to survive this race and move on to the next one. Hopefully the draft and a little bit of pit strategy will pull us through the field."
 

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Shane: "I'm beyond stoked for raceday! This baby is bad fast and drives like a dream. I think we can get this done for all the boys at Haas. Pole baby! Woohoo!"
 

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Sandri: "I'll take 18th. I'll be even happier if we can finish there."
 

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@CraigoIndy41 - We suck #P22 #Qualifying @MISpeedway
 

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@ThRealDominator - Looking forward to some @SRDIndy action today at @MISpeedway Starting P2 today. #InItToWinIt
 

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"Car was hooked up in Q. Hopefully this translates well to the race."
 

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PURE MICHIGAN 250 PRE-RACE SHOW

Welcome to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan for tonight's running of the Pure Michigan 250, the third race of the SRD Indycar season, and the second oval race of the season. Last week at New Hampshire, Jeremy Zumwalt dominated the field from the pole to win, and he also took the points lead.

Last year, Daniel Asher was able to hold on to the lead in the closing laps, fighting off a hard charge from Tyler Clabaugh to win this race. That kicked off a string of solid finishes for Asher, and that later translated into a Championship. Who can possibly give their championship hopes a kick in the rear today?

Rookie Shane Lennox showed the speed he needed to take the pole for this event. Lennox has been under the radar so far this year, despite a poor performance (and a DNF) at Daytona, he finished 6th at New Hampshire and is looking to build upon that at Michigan...he certainly got a good start on that. Speaking of rookies, another driver to keep an eye on it Curtis James. By far one of the biggest surprises of the season, rookie driver James has collected 2 top 10's and a top 5 in 2 races, and is 2nd in the points standings to teammate Jeremy Zumwalt. He start's 3rd tonight...could he possibly be the one celebrating tonight?

As always, you have to keep your eyes on the veterans too. Daniel Asher is the defending race winner, and he'll start 5th on the grid tonight. He's always a factor at these type of races, so you can't count him out, he didn't show up until late last year and when he did...well. He won. Also watch out for John Hooper, Sr...he has a fast car and will start 2nd alongside Lennox. While he may not have the most open wheel experience in the field, he certainly has the most racing experience, and that will always play a factor. Another person to keep an eye on, is Brendan Gorman. He start's 6th, and he's been one of the best qualifiers in the field so far this season, but he needs a little bit of luck to be on his side for a change to get up front. Maybe tonight is the night?

KEYS TO THE RACE
-Don't lose the draft! You must stay in the draft this race or you'll have no chance. With the new DW12 body, the draft is more important now than ever, and a perfectly timed run could rocket you past multiple cars on track. Set up your moves wisely, and use the slingshot to your advantage...but watch out, cause others are looking to do the same thing to you.

-The middle of the track is the best line around the track. The inside line doesn't have a lot of grip, so if you go down there, you can't hold as much speed. The middle of the track will get you where you need to go, and if you can hold that line, you'll be hard to get around unless you slip up...this plays dividends for the leader, he'll control the line all race long. Of course, that doesn't mean he won't be passed.

-Don't be aggressive, take it easy, give and take when you feel you should, it's a long 125 lap race around this 2.5 mile oval, and with the draft, the racing will be in a pack...like NASCAR's version of Daytona, just not constant 3 wide and more spread out. So you have to be careful, one wrong move and half the field could go into the wall, so save your stuff for late and take it easy.

Rain is on the forecast, SRD Officials are keeping an eye on the weather. We have a 6 PM start time lined up, but we'll do a Monday race if necessary.

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I might not be home most of the day, some family related issues came up yesterday and might carry over to today. If that's the case, I won't have time to do a broadcast until tomorrow, but if not, expect the race to start between 6-7 PM EST.
 

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@MahoneyINDY74: Starting P26. Thumb hurts, but we'll get through this race and hope for the best finish we can get. #OleSmokyRacing #LotusRacing
 

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@TKunkel15 Just sitting in the RV, damn rain needs to go the hell away its raceday! Guess i'll watch some @netflix while we wait this out.....
 

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72CC - "Well we had weather threats all week so this is no surprise. We have a fast car and James is in the hauler watching NASCAR Victory Lane. May have to start a football game or something here soon"
 

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@jason.blanford58: We have a good starting position with P4. Looking to carry last week's momentum over with us. Good thing about starting so high is less people to pass.
 

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@CraigoIndy41 - Expect chaos tomorrow after everyone goes for first all at once....
 

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Bobby Farrell - "Sitting at the race track waiting out the rain once again. Actually we decided to head over to the local Lowe's and do an autograph session. The customers were pretty happy and the store was accommodating considering we showed up unannounced."
 

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@VictoryLaneEnterprises-Mother Nature is finally cooperating and we're set to go racing in a little over an hour! Good luck to our 3 drivers this afternoon, we've got fast machines and we know we can get to Victory Lane! #srdindycar
 

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@zweb95: Terrible start to the season. Daytona was mindlessness from another driver, and we just missed the setup at Loudon. Top 10 starting spot for the @RedBull 95 for @AsherRacing. #SRDIndyCar
 
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