IRL: Redon's Infiniti fastest at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS (July 5, 2002) - Laurent Redon drove an Infiniti-powered Dallara around the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway in 25 seconds flat, topping the speed charts at 218.863 mph. Redon, who leads the rookie of the year standings 145-116 over ...

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS (July 5, 2002) - Laurent Redon drove an Infiniti-powered Dallara around the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway in 25 seconds flat, topping the speed charts at 218.863 mph. Redon, who leads the rookie of the year standings 145-116 over Tomas Scheckter, trimmed a half second from his morning practice time when he toured the circuit at 214.671 mph.

"The first session we were not very good, so we changed the setup quite a lot," Redon said. "We changed a few things. It was much better."

After setting the fastest lap of the day, Redon admitted, "On my quick lap, I had a good tow, so it's not really my time.

It may not have been Redon's time but Infiniti-powered cars took four of the top five positions on the day.

Richie Hearn drove the only Chevrolet-powered car in the top five, setting the second fastest lap of the day at 25.0739 seconds and 218.235 mph. Both Hearn and Redon set their best lap during the afternoon session.

Hearn also made a big improvement in the afternoon session, knocking three-tenths of second from his previous best. "I struggled pretty early with the handling of the car. This is definitely more of a setup-type of track."

Qualifying should be entertaining as Hearn also admitted to getting a tow on his fast lap. "That's just the way it goes," Hearn said. "I think everyone else is doing the same. I'll take it."

Tomas Scheckter, quickest in the morning practice session, was third fastest on the day. "We've still got our little problems," said Scheckter, who is still searching for more speed. "The thing is, here, we can get tows or we can't get tows, so you'll see tomorrow in qualifying who really is the quickest top-three cars and drivers.

"I must admit, I got a big tow as well."

The newest Infiniti driver, Billy Boat, was fourth fastest on the day just seven one-thousandths of a second slower than Scheckter.

Recording the fifth fastest lap was Eddie Cheever. "Practice was good today with both Red Bull cars in the top five. While I am pleased to see four Infiniti-powered cars in the top-five, I think we can do better with the engine's performance. We are going to take a look at that tonight."

Practice for the Indy Racing League continues tomorrow morning at 9:45 a.m. with qualifying scheduled to get underway at 3:30 p.m. local time.

Notes from the Ameristar Casino Indy 200 at Kansas Speedway:

Tony George and Brain Barnhart will announce a 16-race 2003 Indy Racing League schedule tomorrow. Look for the Nazareth event to move to late August. The race at the California Speedway will move to September.

***

An autograph session with all Indy Racing League drivers will take place in the Fan Walk area on Saturday, July 6 starting at 5:30 p.m. A ticket to the Fan Walk area is not necessary to gain admission to the autograph session.

***

Billy Boat, driver of the No. 98 Curb/Agajanian car, used an Infiniti engine in practice this morning. Boat, who raced the first eight events with Chevrolet power, used the Infiniti for the first time today.

***

The No. 12 entry of Bradley Motorsports is back in action after missing the last round at Richmond International Raceway. Raul Boesel will pilot the team's Infiniti-powered Dallara for the rest of the 2002 season. The team is currently seeking sponsorship.

***

Firestone has brought 1,256 Firehawk tires to the Kansas Speedway this weekend, enough tires to supply each car with eight sets. This weekend's tire features the same compound and construction as those used during June at Texas Motor Speedway.

***

Legendary Indianapolis 500 mechanic George Bignotti is at Kansas Speedway this weekend helping Mike Koss, driver of the No. 37 Bowes Seal Fast Automotive Products car. Bignotti and Bob Bowes owned the Bignotti/Bowes Corp. that fielded Indy style cars from 1956-62.

***

Jaques Lazier, who was injured in April at Nazareth Speedway, was seen in the garage area this morning.

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Eddie Cheever , Billy Boat , Raul Boesel , Richie Hearn , Laurent Redon , Mike Koss , Tony George , Jaques Lazier