IRL: Indy 500: Billy Boat practice day six remarks

Boat will be 22nd in line for qualilfying on pole day. If the Indianapolis 500 is the marathon of Indy racing, the weeks leading up to the race are a series of relay races meant to challenge even the most experienced driver. Teams must...

Boat will be 22nd in line for qualilfying on pole day.

If the Indianapolis 500 is the marathon of Indy racing, the weeks leading up to the race are a series of relay races meant to challenge even the most experienced driver. Teams must patiently go through a series of meticulous changes and adjustments until the perfect set-up is achieved. You hope that you find it early, but sometimes, your patience gets tested. Thus is the case with the CURB Records team. They continue to make small steps in the right direction, but it's the giant leap they desire.

Billy Boat did find another MPH today -- the #98 turned a fast lap of 226.621 in 39.7138 seconds. But with 13 teams surpassing the 230 mph mark today, the team wonders--is it enough? The bottom line is, you never know what a team is really capable of until they are put to the ultimate test on the track. Cars posting amazing speeds today could have been the result of a strong tow or even a fluke. The last fine tune that another team tries could be the magic ticket, leading to huge strides in quickness. And, the ever-changing Indiana weather is always a factor. Should the wind choose to change direction yet again, should it rain an hour earlier or later than anticipated, should the warm sun heat up the track--. it's all a crapshoot in the end.

The CURB/Agajanian/Boat Indy Racing team has done everything right; they've done their homework and studied the notes. They continue to work hard and hope that in the end, their efforts, perseverance and studiousness pay off and their peak has yet to come.

Billy Boat looks at the situation philosophically, "Headed into Saturday [Pole Day], we're definitely not where I wanted to be. We've been having trouble squeezing speed out of the car, as everybody else seems to have gone faster. We've having a little bit of trouble finding it. So, we're going to do an engine change tonight and hopefully that'll help some. But, we're also still searching a little bit on our setup on the racecar as we try to trim it. With the weather we've had and the changing conditions, it's been hard to get a handle on our qualifying set up." Following early morning practice, the #98 will be the 22nd car in line for qualifying, just before Robby Gordon and immediately following Oriol Servia. Appropriately, Boat has the final word; "A lot of things can happen and you can pick up a lot of speed here in a hurry, so we're going to continue to keep trying, work hard, make some changes and go forward."

Pole qualifying starts promptly at noon and will end promptly at 7:00pm (barring any changes due to weather). You can catch all of the action live on ESPN and ABC as follows: ESPN from noon -- 1:00pm, ABC from 1:00- 3:00pm, followed again by ESPN from 5:00-7:00pm. (All times are Eastern standard -- one hour later than Indianapolis and two hours later than West coat/Arizona).

-cabir-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Billy Boat