"Fast Friday" Sets Stage for Indy Qualifying
Ryan Briscoe vaulted to the top of the field with a best lap of 225.981 mph during "Fast Friday" at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the final practice day prior to Saturday's first round of qualifying for the 2009 Indianapolis 500. Briscoe and teammate Helio Castroneves led the way on the speed chart today, but Marco Andretti remained second-quickest overall after posting a 225.478 mph lap on Thursday's opening day.
Interrupted a couple of times by light rain showers, the day also was punctuated by a pair of heavy crashes. Robert Doornbos, quickest of the six rookies in the field, crashed exiting Turn 1 just 30 minutes into the session, and veteran Scott Sharp spun and crashed entering Turn 2 just after 2:30 p.m. Neither driver was injured and Doornbos returned to action later in the day, driving a backup car.