Enge returns to help Duno

Posted by Iannucci | 7/11/2007 | 5 comments »
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I guess there is no Lazier available.

Tomas Enge knows what Milka Duno is experiencing in her limited IndyCar Series first season. It takes more than a few laps to get accustomed to the speed of the car, in traffic, on unfamiliar high-banked ovals.

He's been there (2004 with Panther Racing) and will assist Duno in preparation for the Firestone Indy 200 this weekend. SAMAX Motorsport has engaged the Czech driver to set up the No. 23 CITGO Honda-powered Dallara during testing on the demanding 1.33-mile Nashville Superspeedway concrete oval before Duno gets in the seat.

"I'll try to show Milka some things from a driver's perspective, help her understand more of the car," said Enge. (MORE from Indycar.com)
If you do not remember, Enge wadded up more than a couple vehicles in his brief ICS career - mostly on the Panther Racing tab. Here's the stat that matters: 17 Races Started, 8 Running At Finish.

Tomas Enge: Good driver, not so good IndyCar driver. At least the Czech can always be counted on as a big IndyCar fan.

"I've always said I'd like to come back," he said. "I'm a big fan of high-adrenaline sports and IndyCar has the most adrenaline in car racing in the world."

5 comments

  1. Johnny // July 11, 2007 7:54 AM  

    So one road course driver with a mixed oval record will be teaching another road corse driver with a mixed oval record? This should work well.

  2. Jeff Iannucci // July 11, 2007 7:55 AM  

    Exactly.

  3. Johnny // July 11, 2007 8:45 AM  

    To delve deeper into this, I have trouble understanding why if Milka's background is in road racing, why isn't she running the road courses. Wouldn't that acclimate her to the Indy Car in an environment she was already more comfortable with? It just doesn't make any sense.

    Also, just to add to the above, I don't want to sound like I'm slamming Tomas. He has a list of enviable road course achievements and was one of the nicest racers I was around at the Petit Le Mans last year. Just saying ovals aren't his thing, which he seems to have pretty much fessed up to.

  4. Carrie // July 11, 2007 2:12 PM  

    Maybe they didn't wanna run Milka on road course because they figure no one watches them anyway. Thus, the publicity stunt would be pointless?

  5. Jeff Iannucci // July 11, 2007 2:13 PM  

    Ouch. Brutal, but funny.