IRL: Texas II Friday summary

FORT WORTH, Texas, Friday, Oct. 5, 2001 - Newly crowned champion Sam Hornish Jr. will start from the pole for the Chevy 500 after qualifying was washed out Friday at Texas Motor Speedway and the field set by Indy Racing Northern Light...

FORT WORTH, Texas, Friday, Oct. 5, 2001 - Newly crowned champion Sam Hornish Jr. will start from the pole for the Chevy 500 after qualifying was washed out Friday at Texas Motor Speedway and the field set by Indy Racing Northern Light Series entrant points. 2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series champion Buddy Lazier will join Hornish on the front row for the season finale on the 1.5-mile oval, scheduled to start at 4 p.m. (EDT) Saturday. A practice session from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (EDT) will precede the race. Persistent rain today forced the cancellation of qualifying and the postponement of practice until late in the afternoon. But the first practice session lasted only 29 minutes, with all laps turned under a running yellow status due to damp track conditions, before Indy Racing League officials ended the session. Heavy amounts of moisture, combined with air temperatures in the low 60's, made it difficult to keep the track dry. "Cold, windy, short, waste of a day," 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr. said. "I wish I would have worn two pairs of long underwear. That is the total of my information for the day. I have the race engine in now, and we're ready to go." It was the second time this season that qualifying has been rained out. Hornish also started on the pole at that washout at the Gateway Indy 250 last month at St. Louis. The practice session Saturday morning will be crucial. It will be the only chance for teams to turn laps at top speed before the race on the track, which was repaved since the last Indy Racing event at TMS, the Casino Magic 500 in June. "I think most of us just got a feel for the new pavement," Lazier said of the shortened practice today. "I think actually it was very positive. Obviously, we would've liked to do more. "It was not a total throwaway day. Everybody scuffed a few tires. Everybody got a feel for the new pavement and got a feel for where the bumps are and did a leak check, so that's not bad."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buddy Lazier , Sam Hornish Jr.