Kelley Racing Wraps Indianapolis Open Test Fisher Debuts Bryant/CAN Entry Indianapolis, IN (April 29, 2004)--After being delayed one day due to windy conditions, Kelley Racing drivers Scott Sharp and Sarah Fisher completed the two-day open test...
Kelley Racing Wraps Indianapolis Open Test
Fisher Debuts Bryant/CAN Entry
Indianapolis, IN (April 29, 2004)--After being delayed one day due to windy conditions, Kelley Racing drivers Scott Sharp and Sarah Fisher completed the two-day open test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the 88th Indianapolis 500 to be held on May 30. The No. 8 Delphi entry ran a total of 170 trouble-free laps on the 2.5-mile oval over the course of the two-day test and posted a top speed of 217.339. mph/ 41.4024 seconds. Sarah Fisher, who was on track for the first time this season, completed 149 trouble-free laps with her No. 39 Bryant/CAN crew and posted a top speed of 214.784 mph/41.9026 seconds.
Team manager Paul Harcus oversaw the test for Kelley Racing and was pleased with the progress of the Kelley Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone entries. "For our first test with Sarah I'm pretty happy with our results," Harcus said. "It's actually been a good test for both cars although I'm sure both drivers would like to be a bit faster. I'm a firm believer though, that after two weeks of practice at the Speedway we'll be in good shape."
Scott Sharp, driver of the No. 8 Delphi entry, was also pleased with their testing results. "It's been a good couple days for the Delphi team," said Sharp. "We came in here with realistic expectations of just trying to get ourselves well-sorted for opening day. We did some development work and we're leaving here pretty pleased. With the conditions the way they were there was no reason to be going for a qualifying run or trying to post a top speed. We're happy with where we ended up. We have some work to do between now and opening day but we've got a good start."
Sarah Fisher, driver of the No. 39 Bryant/CAN entry was happy to be back in the drivers seat after sitting out the first three events of the season. "It's been a good first two days back in the car after almost eight months," Fisher explained. "We're not exactly where we want to be but we're not disappointed in today's efforts and what we've achieved. It's nice because I've worked with about two-thirds of my crew in the past so we've gelled really quickly, we have a good team with good camaraderie and that makes things run much more smoothly."
The open test was the first opportunity for most teams to run the new 3.0-liter engine and new aerodynamics package that was introduced by the Indy Racing League. Posting the top speed of the test was Sam Hornish Jr. at 220.113 mph/40.881 seconds. Hornish Jr. was followed by his teammate Helio Castroneves at 220.075 mph/40.8952 seconds and rounding out the top-three was Scott Dixon at 219.985 mph/40.9119 seconds.
Kelley Racing has returned to their Indianapolis shop and will continue preparations for opening day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 9. The 88th Indianapolis 500 will be held on Sunday, May 30 and be televised live on ABC at 12:00 p.m. EDT.