IRL: Indy 500: Sam Schmidt Motorsports qualifying 3 practice report

INDIANAPOLIS -- Richie Hearn turned 34 laps Saturday with a best lap of 223.347 mph as he continued his Indianapolis 500 race preparation in the Meijer/Coca-Cola Panoz-Chevrolet. "Practice is all about trying different things," said...

INDIANAPOLIS -- Richie Hearn turned 34 laps Saturday with a best lap of 223.347 mph as he continued his Indianapolis 500 race preparation in the Meijer/Coca-Cola Panoz-Chevrolet.

"Practice is all about trying different things," said Hearn, who finished third here in 1996 and sixth in 2002. "The track conditions were a lot different today (warmer) than yesterday (Friday; cloudly and cool) and so the Meijer car felt a lot different. The car didn't handle as good today as we want for the race, but that's OK for today because we learned what the car doesn't like and can go back to things (setups) that worked better."

Qualifying concludes Sunday. Hearn has already qualified the Meijer/Coca-Cola Special in 20th position. Final practice is Friday. The 89th Indy 500 is Sunday, May 29.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Richie Hearn , Sam Schmidt