RAIN POSTPONES INDY QUALIFYING
POLE DAY NOW SET FOR SUNDAY
SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was rained out . The track announced that first day qualifying for the 89th running of the Indy 500 has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 15.
Rookie Danica Patrick will head into qualifying with the second fastest lap of the month. Patrick posted her quick lap on Thursday at 227.663 mph "It is disappointing not to get out there today," said Patrick. "After our week of practice, our team was anxious to make our qualifying run today, but the weather didn't cooperate so we'll have to do it on Sunday. I confident in the Argent/Pioneer car's setup. It's something we have worked on all week and we have a lot of data from last year. Of course, qualifying always seems to a little different than in practice. We'll have to look at the weather in the morning and look at how things go in the morning practice. I guess I have to wait one more night before I can qualify for Indy."
Vitor Meira driver of the #17 Rahal Letterman Team Menard/johns Manville Honda/Panoz/Firestone will enter qualifying with the sixth fastest lap of the month at 227.037 mph. "We have some new pieces for the car for qualifying so I'm very anxious to get out and try them," said Meira. "We didn't get the chance to run on Friday because of the rain. We were hoping to try them this morning but, of course, we had more rain. I feel good about our the Menards/Johns Manville car for qualifying. This is my second time at Indy with Rahal Letterman Racing and I feel better about qualifying and the race. I was new to the team and the engineering staff last year and I was learning a lot of things. This team is experienced and very good with all of the different conditions that can happen at Indy. We have been good in practice, but we have a few tricks that we think might work in qualifying. So I want to try them on Sunday morning and see if it helps."
2004 Indy pole sitter and champion Buddy Rice will be sidelined this weekend after suffering a slight concussion on Wednesday after a single car accident. "Obviously this isn't where I want to be right now," said Rice. "I'd love to be getting ready for qualifying, but things didn't work out. I feel pretty good and I have slept well the last couple of nights, but the rules are the rules and I have to wait and be ready to get back in the car on Wednesday. I believe both Vitor and Danica will have very good cars for qualifying. They have done a great job this week and they should be prepared for a strong run at the front row. Indy qualifying is always different than anything else we do. On other races, you get two laps and the best one counts, but here you have to have four good laps and they have to be consistent to post a decent qualifying speed. We did that last year for the pole and I think our team can do it again."
Practice will resume at 9:30 am on Sunday at the Speedway and qualifying for the 89th annual Indianapolis 500 will begin at Noon.
-Rahal Letterman Racing