IRL: Indy 500: Team Menard day three practice report

Team Menard stays out of speed game at Indy practice INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 6, 2003) -- Unlike several other drivers, Jaques Lazier didn't bother trying to catch a draft to bump up his speed in practice today for the Indianapolis 500. Instead...

Team Menard stays out of speed game at Indy practice

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 6, 2003) -- Unlike several other drivers, Jaques Lazier didn't bother trying to catch a draft to bump up his speed in practice today for the Indianapolis 500. Instead Team Menard focused on car setup in preparation for the IRL IndyCar Series' longest and most grueling race.

Lazier drove 72 laps in both the No. 2 and No. 2T Johns Manville/Menards Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone cars. He was 29th fastest of 37 cars at 39.9820 seconds, 225.1010 mph.

"Today showed the real character of this team," Lazier said. "We had to fight through some difficult technical problems, and really bonded as a team in the process. We got the T-car up to speed. We did a 225.1 (mph) with that car. We haven't even tried to run in a draft since we came here. What you see are honest speeds. We can still step it up a little bit more and we still have some speed secrets left in the chassis. All things said and done, I think today was a strong day for the team."

Pole qualifying for the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for May 10, with the race set for May 25. The race will be televised live on ABC and by the Indy Racing Radio Network. Live timing and scoring of all on-track activity can be found on www.indyracing.com.

One of the founding teams of the IRL IndyCar Series, Team Menard has two championships, 10 wins and an all-time record of 24 pole positions to its credit. Owned by John Menard, the Indianapolis-based team is supported by Menards, Johns Manville, Chevrolet, Menard Engine Group, Dallara, Firestone and Menard Cheever Technologies. For more information visit www.teammenard.com.

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