IRL: Behind the Barriers: Indy 500 Day three

Although Dan Wheldon topped 225 mph in practice today, speeds were relatively fast as soon as practice began. The first run of the day is usually used to shake the car down before proceeding at speed but Sam Hornish topped 220 mph when he first...

Although Dan Wheldon topped 225 mph in practice today, speeds were relatively fast as soon as practice began. The first run of the day is usually used to shake the car down before proceeding at speed but Sam Hornish topped 220 mph when he first took to the Speedway. All the top drivers on the day's speed chart were fast right away with Tomas Scheckter running 221.296 on his third lap. Scott Dixon was fast out of the box too, running a lap over 222 mph within 4 laps.

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After making a run in his No. 11 7-11 car, Tony Kanaan turned seven laps in the No. 26 NYSE car assigned to Marco Andretti when he set the fastest lap of the day at that point at 223.4 mph. Several minutes later Kanaan was touring the Speedway in Danica Patrick's No. 7 Motorola ride. At 75 minutes into the practice session, Kanaan held two of the top four speeds, neither of which was set in his own car. "We were trying some different things today, and the best way to judge is to have one driver driving all the cars," said Kanaan. "I was chosen to drive the cars because I'm the closest in size to Marco and Danica. Tony Kanaan's best laps: No. 11 -- 224.622 (4th fastest), No. 26 -- 223.474 (10th) and No. 7 222.562 mph (14th).

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Buddy Rice No. 15 entry is now known as the A1 Team USA/Dreyer & Reinbold Honda. The partnership was announced today by A1 Tean USA owner Rick Weidinger and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing co-owner Dennis Reinbold. Weidinger's A1 Team competes internationally in the A1 GP World Cup. "We are excited to return to the Indianapolis 500 as a co-entrant with the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team," Weidlinger said. Weidlinger was involved with the Dreyer & Reinbold driven by Al Unser Jr. in the 2006 Indianapolis 500.

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Bobby Rahal was the guest speaker at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington, D.C. last Friday. Rahal gave a 25 minute speech on the benefits of Ethanol and how it has performed in the IndyCar Series and in the team's American Le Mans Series entry. Rahal became the first Indianapolis 500 winner to address the National Press Club. Two Brickyard 400 winners, Dale Earnhardt and Tony Stewart have both given speeches at the exclusive club located just east of the White House.

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A total of 38 cars are at the Speedway and all have passed technical inspection.

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Crown Hill Cemetery held its "Indianapolis Auto Greats" tour on Sunday. Crown Hill, which is the final resting place of one U.S. President and three Vice Presidents, also has many ties to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All four founders of the Speedway, Carl Fisher, James Allison, Arthur Newby and Frank Wheeler are interned at the 555 acre cemetery.

Although Carl Fisher died in Miami in 1939, his ashes were not placed in the family mausoleum until 1943. The place originally reserved for Fisher's body went to Capt. Robert Hammond, a British flyer who crashed while landing at the Speedway in 1918. Fisher decided the pilot should be temporarily place in the Fisher mausoleum until Hammond's family was found, presumably in England. They were never found and the flyer still rests in the spot reserved for Fisher close to the crest of the hill overlooking the city of Indianapolis.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Tony Stewart , Al Unser Jr. , Bobby Rahal , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Marco Andretti , Danica Patrick
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing