IRL: Indy 500: AGR's Gordon day five practice report

Robby Gordon back up to speed at Indianapolis. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 8, 2003) -- Robby Gordon returned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in fast fashion, posting a lap at 230.214 miles per hour (39.0941 seconds). Gordon strapped back into the...

Robby Gordon back up to speed at Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 8, 2003) -- Robby Gordon returned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in fast fashion, posting a lap at 230.214 miles per hour (39.0941 seconds). Gordon strapped back into the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone on Thursday after making an appearance in California on Wednesday.

With "Pole Day" looming, the Archipelago/Motorola crew concentrated on the car's qualifying setup, running many simulated qualifying runs throughout the day. Rain showers during "Happy Hour" kept Gordon from one final run at the fast time of the day, but the team is still confident heading into Saturday's qualifying.

Gordon's teammate Dan Wheldon posted the fastest time of the day and month at 232.202 miles per hour (38.7594 seconds). Wheldon was followed by Tora Takagi at 232.007 miles per hour (38.7919 seconds). Helio Castroneves clocked in third fastest at 231.595 miles per hour (38.8610 seconds). Fellow Andretti Green Racing teammate Tony Kanaan posted the fifth best lap at 231.061 miles per hour (38.9508 seconds).

Practice continues tomorrow at Indianapolis in preparation for Saturday's "pole day" qualifying session. The Indy 500 is slated to go green at 12 p.m. EDT and will air live on ABC Sports.

Robby Gordon #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"Everything has gone according to plan so far. We are now working with the Archipelago/Motorola car in qualifying trim. The speeds everyone is putting up aren't really true, though. As more cars are on the track, the speeds go up. My car is comfortable. When we ran in traffic the car was really stable. Andretti Green Racing is a good team. We haven't had a problem this month. There is great chemistry between the guys and also the drivers. We are all sharing data and it seems to be helping everyone."

Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola

"This morning went pretty good for us. It is just the first day we have been working on our qualifying setup and Tony (Kanaan) and Dan (Wheldon) have a head start on us. So we feel we have some catching up to do."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Tora Takagi , Dan Wheldon