IRL: Indy500: Doug Didero breaks top ten in practice

Running a total of only 17 laps, Mid America Motorsports Inc./Western Star Trucks Dallara turned a lap of 220.518, tenth fastest on the day. Doug Didero: "We were hoping to just start off today where we left off yesterday, not only with the car...

Running a total of only 17 laps, Mid America Motorsports Inc./Western Star Trucks Dallara turned a lap of 220.518, tenth fastest on the day.

Doug Didero: "We were hoping to just start off today where we left off yesterday, not only with the car but mentally. We're very pleased. Our fastest lap of the day was done on tires that had 53 laps on them. So tomorrow, we'll just start with some small things and gradually move forward. We're still working on our comfort zone. We haven't worried about qualifying, and we're still in race trim. I think it will take 218 to make the race, and we're there now. But I've only done 120 laps or so, total, at this place. Over the years, I have tried to stay humble and focused and not get ahead of myself. I'm just so happy to be here, and we're fortunate. When I started racing, it was my dream to come to Indy. But being from a small town in Canada, I didn't know how I would get here. But it's taken a lot of sacrifice. My wife, Cindy, has sacrificed. There were moments when I didn't think it would happen. I have been talking to veterans here. Crew chiefs with 40 or 50 years of experience. You can't buy experience. But right now, things are going great. We could use some sponsorship, but perhaps this will help."

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