Rice, Bell And Duno Get In Final Preparations For The World's Biggest Race Buddy Rice, Townsend Bell and Milka Duno completed initial preparations for next Sunday's 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race with practice runs today. The...
Rice, Bell And Duno Get In Final Preparations For The World's Biggest Race
Buddy Rice, Townsend Bell and Milka Duno completed initial preparations for next Sunday's 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race with practice runs today. The three Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team drivers will now work off the track with a variety of media and marketing promotions before returning to the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval on Friday, May 23, for Miller Lite Carb Day practice sessions. The 33-driver field, which will be in New York City Monday for a promotional tour, was set Sunday after noon with the final round of qualifications.
For the DRR pilots, who qualified securely in the starting lineup on Satur- day, it was a day of working with full fuel tanks in their respective machines and talking through chassis settings with their engineering staff. Bell, starting on the outside of the fourth row on May 25, was again the busiest of the DRR drivers by tak- ing his No. 99 William Rast Honda Dallara through 67 laps with a best speed of 217.819 miles per hour.
The windy conditions were difficult for many of the drivers Sunday but Bell felt confident with his car.
The No. 99 mount, with associate sponsors EMU Australia and Herbalife, continues to be a favorite for the fans this month with its unique green and orange paint scheme.
Rice, the 2004 Indy 500 winner, took the No. 15 Dreyer & Reinbold Honda Dallara for 39 circuits Sunday with a best speed of 219.288 m.p.h.
Rice will start in the middle of the sixth row this Sunday in his fifth Indy 500. Duno, one of three females in the starting field, limited her practice runs to nine laps Sunday with a best of 214.039 m.p.h. in the No. 23 CITGO Honda Dallara. The Venezuela native will start 27th in her second 500 race.
TOWNSEND BELL (No. 99 William Rast Honda Dallara): "We worked on race setup. We got a tip from Buddy this morning which really helped. We ran a long, long run and ran the car out of fuel. The balance seemed to be pretty good. Tough conditions with the wind today, but we're pretty happy with the William Rast car."
BUDDY RICE (No. 15 Dreyer & Reinbold Honda Dallara): "It was a good day today. The boys did a good job getting things ready for testing. All month long, we've been solid, right in the top ten in just about every session. The conditions were a bit windy today, but we've got a solid car for the race I think. We'll spend the next few days doing some media things off the track, and then we'll be ready to go again on Friday."
MILKA DUNO (No. 23 CITGO Honda Dallara): "Today, we were testing the car for the race. There were very difficult conditions with the wind. We have a good car for these conditions. We're waiting for the next test on Friday to see more or less the conditions we'll have for the race. We can see what changes we need to make in the gearbox. This is a good car. This was the same car we tested last week but with more down force because of the wind, but I think the CITGO car is very good."