IRL: Indy 500: A1 Team USA/DRR qualifying weekend notes

Rice drives A1 TEAM USA car to 16th starting spot for Indianapolis 500 Indy's 2004 winner averages 222.826 mph INDIANAPOLIS--Buddy Rice qualified for the 16th starting position for the 91st Indianapolis 500 in the A1 TEAM USA/A1GP Dreyer & ...

Rice drives A1 TEAM USA car to 16th starting spot for Indianapolis 500 Indy's 2004 winner averages 222.826 mph

INDIANAPOLIS--Buddy Rice qualified for the 16th starting position for the 91st Indianapolis 500 in the A1 TEAM USA/A1GP Dreyer & Reinbold Racing entry Sunday.

Rice had a four-lap average of 222.826 mph in the Honda-powered Dallara on the second day of qualifications. The 2004 Indy 500 winner will line up on the inside of the sixth row. Rice's laps were 222.801, 222.881, 222.768 and 222.826.

"We would have liked to have been a Pole Day qualifier and been in the top 11, but the middle of the field is OK," A1 TEAM USA owner Rick Weidinger said. "We had some problems at the end of the week that didn't allow us to fully prepare a qualifying setup. We spent the opening four days of practice focusing on preparing for the race and we're well on the way to having a car that can compete for the win on May 27."

Rice will be driving in his fourth Indy 500.

"I'm happy to be in the A1 TEAM USA car," Rice said. "We're doing good and I'm really happy with how everything is going. I think I have a real competitive race car right now. We haven't really been working on qualifying this week. We concentrated on the race day car. I've been around here enough to know that we need a good car in traffic. We will work on traffic this coming week."

The track is closed to competition Monday and Tuesday. Three full days of practice begin on Wedneday. The final two qualifying days are Saturday and Sunday and, when no cars are presented for qualifying, the track is open for practice.

"We will get back to our game plan and wear some tires out and run some miles and get ready," Rice said.

-credit: a1 team usa

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buddy Rice , Rick Weidinger
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing