Eleven rookies try Milwaukee Mile oval on Friday

Hideki Mutoh of Andretti Green Racing led eleven IndyCar Series rookies who tested the Milwaukee Mile on a sunny Friday (May 29th) afternoon at Wisconsin Fairgrounds. Mutoh's best lap at 160.603 mph (22.7518 sec) set the pace as preparations for...

Hideki Mutoh of Andretti Green Racing led eleven IndyCar Series rookies who tested the Milwaukee Mile on a sunny Friday (May 29th) afternoon at Wisconsin Fairgrounds. Mutoh's best lap at 160.603 mph (22.7518 sec) set the pace as preparations for Saturday (May 31st) qualifying commenced ahead of Sunday's A J Foyt 225 mile race.

"This was a good experience, to get the extra practice today," said Mutoh of his initial try over the circuit. "I feel like I am ready to try a faster setup in the race and qualifying."

"It gave me a lot of confidence here this afternoon."

KV Racing's Will Power was second-quickest on the day, turning a best lap of 160.063 mph (22.8285 sec.) on the historic one mile oval.

Graham Rahal, Oriol Servia, and Justin Wilson round out the top five, none of whom could better the 158 mile per hour bracket. Rahal's 158.506 mph lap was closest, with Wilson putting in a 157.340 mph number at the close.

A total of 383 laps were turned in the one hour session.

Short-track gear was prominent on the cars today, with the tri-element rear wing and various sizes of trailing edge wickerbills on the front airfoil elements.

None of the rookies came close to matching Helio Castroneves' pole speed of 2007 (171.071 mph, 21.3596 sec.).

In off-track action, Roth Racing announced the retention of veteran driver John Andretti for two additional races beginning with the Milwaukee Mile event.

Also, Luzco Dragon Racing will contest both the Texas Speedway and Chicagoland IndyCar Series events this year.

Finally, Panther Racing's Dillon Battistini (who competes in the Indy Lights Series for the team) leaked a tentative plan to put him into an IndyCar for "a couple" of races near the end of the 2008 season (specific races yet to be named).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers John Andretti , Justin Wilson , Helio Castroneves , Oriol Servia , Graham Rahal , Will Power , Hideki Mutoh , Dillon Battistini
Teams Panther Racing , Dragon Racing