Davey Hamilton was feeling a little nostalgic Monday as he tested his Dreyer & Reinbold Racing IndyCar at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Hamilton, who joined teammate Ana Beatriz in testing for the Oct. 16 IZOD IndyCar World Championships at LVMS, actually worked for the speedway during its construction and formative years in the late 1990s.
“I remember being out here putting shovels in the ground before anything was built,” said Hamilton, who now makes his home in Indianapolis. “It’s amazing to see how much this place has changed since those days, but those were some of the best days of my life working out here and seeing this place get built.”
Hamilton, 49, competed in every IndyCar event from the series inception in 1996 until a horrifying crash at Texas Motor Speedway in 2001, which left him with severe injuries to both feet and out of racing for the next six years. Hamilton finished ninth in his first IndyCar race back – the 2007 Indianapolis 500.
“I’m really enjoying being back in the car, and I really want to run well here because I consider this my home track,” Hamilton said. “We really struggled at Texas with all of our cars, so we wanted to run this test to try and improve our speedway program.”
Hamilton and Beatriz were turning laps at approximately 213 miles per hour, which was in the same range that Scott Dixon ran during a Firestone tire test in the spring. Hamilton said he expects the pole speed to be somewhere around 215 miles per hour with cooler track temperatures expected in October.
The IZOD IndyCar World Championships will close out an exciting weekend of racing that will include the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Saturday, Oct. 15 and qualifying day for both the Trucks and IndyCars on Friday, Oct. 14. Tickets, Neon Garage and paddock passes are available through the LVMS ticket services office at www.lvms.com or 1-800-644-4444.