IRL: Indy 500: Jimmy Vasser Day twelve practice notes

Vasser happy with progress for race; Miller Lite cars log 82 laps in full day of practice. SPEEDWAY, IN . . . Cool temps but clear skies provided a full day of practice for Jimmy Vasser and the Miller Lite cars on Saturday at the Indianapolis...

Vasser happy with progress for race; Miller Lite cars log 82 laps in full day of practice.

SPEEDWAY, IN . . . Cool temps but clear skies provided a full day of practice for Jimmy Vasser and the Miller Lite cars on Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Vasser took his back-up car through 75 laps posting a top lap of 223.536 mph while working primarily on race set-up, full tank runs and on scrubbing tires. He also logged seven laps in the already qualified primary car at 223.965 mph to bring his total to 82 laps or 205 miles on the day.

Vasser qualified for the Indianapolis 500 last week with a four lap average of 227.743 mph. Not a single car that took to the track on Saturday was able to surpass Vasser's speed. Vasser currently holds the 19th spot on the starting grid (inside of Row 7) and he will start from that position unless he would be bumped from the field on Sunday. If Vasser would be bumped his back-up car is ready to qualify in an attempt to bump himself back into the race.

Nine spots remain in the 33 car field and they will be filled tomorrow weather permitting. Bump Day qualifying for the May 26th Indy 500 will begin at Noon EDT on Sunday.

Jimmy Vasser (#19 Miller Lite- Dallara/Chevrolet on Firestone tires) -"It was another productive day for the Miller Lite crew. We scrubbed in several sets of tires and even ran our race car for an engine check. The backup car was good on full tanks even with the stiff wind. I put in over 70 laps in race trim and I think everyone on our team is pleased with the progress we have made this week. We will come back on Carb Day (Thursday) and run with temperatures closer to race day. Today was about twenty degrees colder than predicted next week and the wind was very strong from the north. I'll be surprised if the wind is like that on race day."

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