Rain this morning threatens to shorten track time for the IRLâ€™s current "Rookie of the Yearâ€ points leader, Laurent Redon. Redon, driver of the ...
Rain this morning threatens to shorten track time for the IRL’s current "Rookie of the Year” points leader, Laurent Redon.
Redon, driver of the #34 Mi-Jack,Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, posted fast times in both available sessions thus far at the speedway. Laurent placed 8th of 39 cars that ran on Sunday, Opening Day at the famous speedway.
Monday, the second day of practice saw long rain delays and only 1 hour and 17 minutes of practice time available. In just 25 laps, Laurent showed his pose and waited for the traffic to clear and made a run that place him second on the speed charts.
LAURENT REDON: “Sunday we worked our way to a pretty good set up and I felt comfortable with the car. This is important when you’re new to a track, it helps you learn better. Yesterday afternoon, when we saw that we would get out on the track, we made some changes for the conditions. The track was cleaned by the rain and the wind was pretty strong. My engineer, Craig Perkins, made the proper changes right away and we were still fast, we where able to move to second position on the day. I’m very happy and feeling more comfortable every session. We still have more to learn here, but I’m feeling more comfortable and I think the car can be faster.”
2002 marks the 10th year that Mi-Jack Products has participated in the May classic, but this is their first as a team owner. In 1992 the company sponsored rookie qualifier Eric Bachelart. Bachelart is now Mi-Jack’s partner in the team and, as CEO of Mi-Jack/Conquest Racing, is responsible for racing operations.
MIKE LANIGAN, PRESIDENT, MI-JACK PRODUCTS: “I’m very satisfied with what Eric has done with the team so far. We ran strong on the super speedway in Fontana and I hope that is a good omen for Indy. Laurent is leading the IRL’s “Rookie of the Year” points coming to Indy and he has been fast at the last three races. Over the past ten years Indianapolis has provide a lot of highs and a lot of lows, each day is different. Right now I feel very good, but I know there is still a long way to go.”