IPS: Chicagoland: Friday practice report

Points leader Foyt takes top practice spot at Chicago. JOLIET, Ill., Friday, Sept. 6, 2002 -- A.J. Foyt IV, zeroing in on the inaugural Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series title, was the fastest driver overall during practice Sept. 6 for the ...

Points leader Foyt takes top practice spot at Chicago.

JOLIET, Ill., Friday, Sept. 6, 2002 -- A.J. Foyt IV, zeroing in on the inaugural Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series title, was the fastest driver overall during practice Sept. 6 for the Chicagoland 100 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Foyt, 18, turned a top lap of 30.6158 seconds, 178.731 mph in the No. 14 Harrah's/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone during the first of two practice sessions for the new Indy Racing League development series.

The fast lap continued Foyt's domination of 1.5-mile tracks during the inaugural season of the Infiniti Pro Series. Foyt, grandson of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, won from the pole at both prior events on 1.5-mile tracks this year, at Kansas Speedway and Kentucky Speedway.

"I think it really helps on the racetrack," Foyt said of his grandfather's influence. "He helps me on what line to run and just what's going on all the way around the racetrack. He always keeps me involved in what's going on.

"He's been a big help to start off with. He's helped me win three races this season, and without him, I don't think I'd be close to doing what I'm doing."

Foyt, a three-time winner this season, leads second-place Ed Carpenter by 40 points with just two races remaining. Foyt can clinch the title if he leads by 52 points or more after the 100-mile race Sunday.

Nashville winner Cory Witherill was second overall at 30.6289, 178.655 in the No. 92 WSA Healthcare entry. That lap edged Foyt for the top spot in the second practice.

Gateway winner Ryan Hampton was third overall at 30.8480, 177.386 in the No. 34 Conti-Genoa-Frost Racing entry. Gary Peterson was fourth at 30.9005, 177.085 in the No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. entry, while USAC short-track star Aaron Fike rounded out the top five at 30.9558, 176.658 in the No. 91 Hemelgarn Racing entry.

Carpenter, Foyt's closest pursuer in the standings, was eighth overall at 31.0809, 176.057 in the No. 2 Menards/Jack K. Elrod/Futaba/Delphi entry.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Cory Witherill , A.J. Foyt IV , Aaron Fike , Gary Peterson , Ryan Hampton , A.J. Foyt , Ed Carpenter