Test set for inaugural Busch event in Montreal In preparation for its second international event of the season -- and its inaugural race in Canada -- the NASCAR Busch Series will conduct a test on Tuesday, June 12, at the famed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve road course in Montreal, Quebec, site of the NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge on Aug. 4.
Richard Childress Racing and two-time Nextel Cup champion Terry Labonte will serve as the test team. Labonte is the winner of 11 races in the Busch Series, four of which came on the road course at Watkins Glen International. RCR was also the test team in January 2005 with driver Jeff Burton prior to the inaugural event at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.
"I was excited when I got the call asking if I was willing to drive at the test," Labonte said. "I'm happy to share my opinions on things like gear ratio with the drivers who will race at this track. The fans in Canada are so passionate about their racing. I'm really looking forward to this opportunity."
"We're thrilled to conduct our test program at this world-class venue," said Joe Balash, director of the Busch Series. "Our teams are looking forward to racing at such a unique facility in August. We're pleased that an experienced driver like Terry, along with the RCR team, is able to help us out with the test. We'll gain very valuable data to share with our teams in preparation for the race."
The one-day test has two sessions, scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon ET and 1- 5 p.m. on the 2.709-mile course. The NAPA Auto Parts 200 will be a 74-lap (200.466 miles) event and is the second of three road races on the 2007 Busch Series schedule. The Watkins Glen road course will host the Zippo 200 on August 11.
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