FRIDAY AFTERNOON PRACTICE SESSION: 1:45 p.m. Pace car leads field around track for two reconnaissance laps. 1:48 p.m. Session starts under sunny and warm conditions as 27 drivers take to the track. 1:50 p.m.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON PRACTICE SESSION:
1:45 p.m. Pace car leads field around track for two reconnaissance laps.
1:48 p.m. Session starts under sunny and warm conditions as 27 drivers take to the track.
1:50 p.m. #65 Rice slides and hits wall coming out of turn 11...stops in run off at turn 12...driver out and okay...#7 Binder spins and continues... BLACK FLAG stops session temporarily...#65 car is towed to CART pit-in.
1:57 p.m. #91 MacDonald's transponder for timing and scoring apparently is not functioning; will go without time for this session.
1:59 p.m. GREEN FLAG restarts session.
2:13 p.m. #50 Wilden hits tire wall in turn 3 and draws BLACK FLAG...CHECKERED FLAG ends session as #24 Shafer posts the fastest time of the session at 1:17.768. #33 Bentham is second fastest and #81 Hill is third.
Driver Quotes Following Practice Session: #65 Buddy Rice (Lynx Racing - Swift 008.a) "I'm not sure what happened. The car suddenly slid out from under me and tagged the wall in the exact same spot that Robbie Gordon hit during the CART session. The car isn't too bad and we should be ready for qualifying this afternoon."
#24 Jeff Shafer (PPI - Derek Daly Academy/MCI Racing/Swift 008.a) "Wow. How did I end up being the fastest? The car is really comfortable and I was just out there trying to learn the track. Yesterday I took a rental car and went around the track over and over. Today when I was out there, I was trying to learn all the corners while picking up some time. There was so little time in the session, so I was trying to learn quickly as possible. This track is really neat."
#81 Derek Hill (P-1 Racing - Motorola/PacWest/Miller Lite/Swift 008.a) "Being third is surprisingly good. I was quite loose on the fast left-hander leading up to the front straightaway. It's a great track. It's technical, challenging, making it hard to pass."
#33 Lee Bentham (Forsythe Racing - Player's/Indeck/Swift 008.a)) "The track is so much better than last year and I really like it. Last year it was like two straightaways with a few turns, where as now, it's much more intricate and has rhythm." (Francois Cartier)
#66 Alex Tagliani (Forsythe Racing - Player's/Indeck/Swift 008.a) "The track is surprising with a bumpy back straightaway. I like it, but at the same time, I think it needs a little more work. It could be dicey, but there are a few spots to pass." (Francois Cartier)