Harrington Hopes to Give the Fans a Show on Saturday FORT WORTH-DALLAS, June 10 - Scott Harrington will definitely be a driver to watch Saturday night in the Longhorn 500 Pep Boys Indy Racing League event at Texas Motor ...
Harrington Hopes to Give the Fans a Show on Saturday
FORT WORTH-DALLAS, June 10 - Scott Harrington will definitely be a driver to watch Saturday night in the Longhorn 500 Pep Boys Indy Racing League event at Texas Motor Speedway. Harrington, in the CertainTeed Building Products Dallara Aurora No. 66, was the seventh-fastest driver in the second practice session Thursday, but transmission problems struck the team in qualifying that night. The team has already begun repairs, and Harrington hopes to be able to quickly work his way through the field on race day.
"The car was perfect in practice," said Harrington, who finished fifth at Phoenix in March. "Darrell [Soppe, his crew chief] made some changes between the first practice session and the second one, and the car was awesome in the second practice session. The gearbox problems struck on the warm-up lap in qualifying. If that hadn't happened, we would have been right there."
Harrington's best lap in practice was a lap at 213.508 mph, which was run in 90-degree weather. Speeds were faster in qualifying Thursday night, but even then his practice lap would have put him fifth on the grid instead of 26th with the transmission problem and a lap at 204.282 mph.
"It's hard to pass here, but we'll do what we can Saturday night," Harrington said. "I have all the confidence in the world in my crew, and if they can give me a car as good as we had in practice today, we'll be OK."
Thursday marked the debut of the new paint scheme of the CertainTeed No. 66. The unique paint job features shingles on the engine cover to illustrate CertainTeed's roofing division, vinyl siding on the sides of the car for that division of CertainTeed's business, and even a window. CertainTeed is one of the leading building products companies in the world.
Most of the paint job was done using reflective decals, which should look great under the lights when the race gets the green flag Saturday night. It will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Network.
The design was a collaborative effort between Steve Casey of CertainTeed, graphic artist Bart Kelly, team owner Gene Harrington and driver Scott Harrington.
Tomorrow (Friday) there are two practice sessions at 1:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. There is a pit stop practice session on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to gridding the cars at 5:30 p.m. The 208-lap race is slated to get the green flag at 6:30 p.m. Central Daylight time Saturday night.