IRL: Indy500: LP Racing/S. Schmidt Friday notes

Just a quick note from Garage A-30 to keep everyone up to speed: It has been a busy and hectic week at Indy, like always. Sam and Davey have been handling four and five interviews a day, as Sam continues to carry his message about paralysis to...

Just a quick note from Garage A-30 to keep everyone up to speed: It has been a busy and hectic week at Indy, like always. Sam and Davey have been handling four and five interviews a day, as Sam continues to carry his message about paralysis to the nation. We are certainly appreciative of all the interest that the media has provided for the cause. They have really embraced this story. In fact, today on RPM2 Night, they will air a feature story about Sam that they shot in Phoenix at the beginning of the season.

Moving trackside, it has been a interesting week. Gary Bettenhausen has been asking Davey to re-think his approach with some aspects of getting around the Speedway. Changing driving styles is never an easy task at 220mph, but we have made some progress. The youth in the garage seem to be enjoying the advantage provided by the voice of experience in Gary and Larry. The speed variances that you may have been seeing via Indyracing.com are just that, trying new things.

The second car is finally ready for the track today. We have been waiting for a half shaft to come in. To say the least, the crash in Atlanta has had a severe impact on parts availability throughout the garage area. Several cars that were crashed yesterday will benefit from the extended week of practice and qualifying due to the lack of spare parts for this coming weekend. You can see the wheeling and dealing already.

The #99T has been hard at work this week, but the #99 will be brought out this morning. It has the narrow suspension in the rear and should be faster. At the same time, the narrow suspension will call for substantial adjustment from the current set-up that has been quick on the #99T. If you followed all that, today should be interesting as we try to reel in 4 more mph in order to prepare for qualifying on Saturday.

The general thought around the garage is that 221 would be a solid time that would put us in the show. The goals set are higher, but it's more important to qualify on Saturday with a solid time than to qualify on Sunday or next week with a faster time.

A few other quick notes....The Morton's Karting benefit raised over $100,000 for the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation on Sunday night. The event was well attended despite a major down pour just prior. The Racing for Corey event was also deemed a huge success even though our Team Ilmor was heavily penalized during the event for aggressive driving. They claim it was always the other guys braking that cause the bumping.

-LPR

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