Short, Productive Day for SFHR's Clauson and Newgarden

Bryan Clauson, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda
Bryan Clauson, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, May 15, 2012 – The fourth day of practice for the 2012 Indianapolis 500 was a quiet one for the Sarah Fisher Hartman race team, if driving at 220 mph can be considered a ‘quiet day.’

Josef Newgarden’s speed of 220.650 mph Tuesday landed him in 12th position overall for the day. The No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone car ran 37 laps total.

Bryan Clauson ran only six laps on Tuesday and his quickest lap of the day clocked in at 219.882 mph. Clauson’s lap speed was good enough for 16th on the speed chart.

A total of 1,602 laps were completed by 30 cars on Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Three practice days remain before Pole Day on Saturday, May 19.

“JOSEF NEWGARDEN (Driver- Nashville, Tenn.) “We did more of our own thing today. We also got to step through some qualifying stuff, which was good. With limited running we won’t be as high on the time sheets as we have been previous days, but that’s fine. We’re not going to be the quickest every day. We’ll just pick back up tomorrow. We’ve got a new engine going in tonight. The Honda engine has been strong so far, and I’m sure it will continue to be a powerful unit all the way through the month."

“BRYAN CLAUSON (Driver- Noblesville, Ind.) On running six laps today: “The car had good speed by itself, and we were pretty happy with what it did in those six laps. We were very encouraged with some of the changes we made overnight. Hopefully we’ll keep gaining in the next few days.”

On watching other cars run together in a pack during happy hour: “When you have the interest of being out there on the track in the next few days, you really pay attention to how fast or how late you can pull out when guys make their moves. You pay attention to the timing of everything on the track. Hopefully in the next few days we get out there and do some race running and get to feel it ourselves.”