DAY TWO OF PRACTICE AT INDIANAPOLIS ANOTHER WASH OUT FOR SAM SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS INDIANAPOLIS - Practiced resumed on Wednesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 2009 Indianapolis 500. Unfortunately, weather didn't cooperate as the...
DAY TWO OF PRACTICE AT INDIANAPOLIS ANOTHER WASH OUT FOR SAM SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS
INDIANAPOLIS - Practiced resumed on Wednesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 2009 Indianapolis 500. Unfortunately, weather didn't cooperate as the rains come shortly before lunch and never let up the rest of the day.
Sam Schmidt Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing announce HER Energy as sponsor of #99.
Sam Schmidt Motorsports, Chip Ganassi Racing, and driver Alex Lloyd took part in a press conference today to make it officially known that HER Energy will sponsor the #99 Dallara Honda for the Indianapolis 500. The pink car, crew shirts, and Lloyd's fire suit have all been drawing much attention from the paddock and fans, and the ladies passing by the team's garage area have enjoyed finding a car to root for.
Alex Lloyd completes 11 more laps in soggy Indianapolis. After turning only 10 laps on Tuesday's opening day for rookies and those taking refresher laps, today's rains didn't allow Lloyd and the HER Energy team to turn many more laps. In fact, only 11 more laps were recorded, and of those, none were at full speed. A patient driver and crew sat in the garage all day until rains finally called the action to a halt for the day.
#99 CHIP GANASSI SAM SCHMIDT RACING Honda Dallara Driver Alex Lloyd
Indianapolis 500 makes first IndyCar race of 2009, second overall in career.
Firestone Indy Lights Champion (2007).
First driver to win on both the road course and oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Best lap of 214.51 mph in 11 laps of practice on Wednesday.
On Wednesday running: "With the few laps we did today, of those that were at actual speed of any sort were very limited. It's kind of frustrating, but I guess that's May. This kind of happened last year, although then we had a couple of good days of running in before the rains came. As long as we get a good day in soon, a few hours of solid running really to figure out where we're at and let me get acclimated to things again, I think we'll be fine. Hopefully that comes tomorrow. There's not really much to say other than we got just a few more laps in today. Come tomorrow, hopefully weather permits so we can get out there and see what we've got."
On HER announcement: "It's good to get the HER announcement out. They'll be a fun brand to represent having gotten to know the owner and a few other guys there. We'll have a lot of fun during this month. With the pink fire suit, I'm sure we'll be very recognizable. I'm certain I'll get a bunch of grief about it for the next few weeks until this race is over, but it'll be all worth it to get the brand what they want and the exposure that they're looking for. Perhaps we can see the relationship progress into the future."
On tasks during rain delay: "Other than a little bit of time with the sponsors, who arrived today, I just sat in the motor home and had a nap. There's not much you can do. I watched a little bit of TV, relaxed, and stared at the weather monitor all day watching it seem to get worse and worse trying not to get too disappointed by that."
Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation
On May 13th, the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation will hold its 10th Annual Racing to Recovery Gala. The event at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Indiana, will celebrate the achievements of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation as well as serve as the organization's biggest yearly fundraiser. Tickets (only $125 each), sponsorship packages, and media credentials are available by contacting the foundation's president, Ida Cahill, at (317) 236-0999.
Practice resumes on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. for the Indianapolis 500. Live timing and streaming video will be available on indycar.com.