CHAMPCAR/CART: Indy 500 Practice (day 2)

Today was a cool and sunny day. A steady breeze came out of the west all afternoon. There were no incidents. It was a REAL busy day. First out of the pits was Raul Boesel, but completing the first lap was Lyn St. James, it being Mother's Day...

Today was a cool and sunny day. A steady breeze came out of the west all afternoon. There were no incidents. It was a REAL busy day.

First out of the pits was Raul Boesel, but completing the first lap was Lyn St. James, it being Mother's Day and all. The Simon team crossed the line in two rows of 3 staggered in mini "flying V's".

Today's Trivia Question (answer at end of post): Who was 1993's fastest rookie qualifier?

Fastest Laps Summary: Car Driver Chassis/Engine Top Speed Top Speed # of Month of Day ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2 Emerson Fittipaldi 94 Pen/Merc 217.918 217.918 3 Paul Tracy 94 Pen/Merc 220.103 220.103 3T Paul Tracy 94 Pen/Il-D 212.691 212.691 4 Bobby Rahal 94 Lol/Hond 219.791 219.791 4T Bobby Rahal 94 Lol/Hond 213.802 213.802 5 Raul Boesel 94 Lol/Ford 223.908 (4) 223.908 (4) 5T Tero Palmroth 92 Lol/Buic 199.933 199.933 6 Mario Andretti 94 Lol/Ford 223.753 223.753 7T Adrian Fernandez 94 Rey/Il-D 207.001 207.001 8 Michael Andretti 94 Rey/Ford 222.761 222.761 8T Michael Andretti 94 Rey/Ford 223.769 (5) 223.769 (5) 10T Mike Groff 94 Lol/Hond 219.159 219.159 11 Teo Fabi 94 Rey/Il-D 223.703 223.703 12 Jacques Villeneuve 94 Rey/Ford 215.218 215.218 16 Stefan Johansson 93 Pen/Il-D 217.349 217.349 17 Dominic Dobson 94 Lol/Ford 218.161 218.161 18 Jimmy Vasser 94 Rey/Ford 179.404 179.404 19 Brian Till 93 Lol/Ford 213.493 213.493 21 Roberto Guerrero 92 Lol/Buic 225.558 (2) 225.558 (2) 22 Hiro Matsushida 94 Lol/Ford 215.440 215.440 23 Buddy Lazier 93 Lol/Il-C 219.416 219.416 25 Marco Greco 94 Lol/Ford 206.275 206.275 27 Eddie Cheever 93 Lol/Mena 223.998 (3) 223.998 (3) 28T Arie Luyendyk 94 Lol/Il-D 216.476 216.476 30 Pancho Carter 93 Lol/Il-C 190.573 190.573 31 Paul Tracy 94 Pen/Merc 217.244 217.244 39 Ross Bentley 93 Lol/Ford 201.790 201.790 40 Scott Goodyear 94 Lol/Ford 219.357 219.357 42 Johnny Parsons 93 Lol/Gree 191.095 191.095 44T Al Unser Sr 93 Lol/Ford 191.249 191.249 45 John Paul Jr 93 Lol/Il-C 218.198 218.198 59 Scott Brayton 93 Lol/Mena 227.658 (1) 227.658 (1) 71 Scott Sharp 94 Lol/Ford 218.431 218.431 74 Jim Crawford 91 Lol/Buic 150.000 150.000 79 Dennis Vitolo 93 Lol/Ford 205.541 205.541 88 Mauricio Gugelmin 94 Rey/Ford 214.905 214.905 90 Lyn St. James 94 Lol/Ford 216.763 216.763 94 Stan Fox 92 Lol/Buic 218.431 218.431 99 Hideshi Matsuda 93 Lol/Ford 214.572 214.572 -------------------------------------------------------------------------

News:

The Mercedes engine wsn't the only one that Penske brought to the track. Tracy shookdown the Ilmor "D" engined #3T.

Guerrero's hot lap in the 92 Lola isn't surprising. It's the same car that he set the official track record with in 1992.

Brayton's 227.658 was the second fastest opening day speed ever.

Michael Greenfield was replaced by Johnny Parsons in the Greenfield Industries 93 Lola-Greenfield. During practice, a gal in the stands asked who had stalled the car on the track and when told it was Johnny Parsons she inquired, "Is that Parsons JUNIOR?" :-)

So, was the Mercedes the first motor to detonate this month? No. That honor goes to Michael A's Ford which blew up exiting turn 4 after posting the fastest lap in his #8T. He was on the track about an hour later in the #8.

Did anybody notice that Groff's Honda had a much deeper bass note than Rahal's? My guess: different internals....

Why wasn't Stan Fox in his new Reynard? His team is waiting for his Ford motor to arrive.

Speaking of Reynards, they have to do something about them front wings. Either somebody broke them or didn't put them on right, they droop. :-)

Teams are ticked at USAC because of a rental charge of over $1000 dollars for the new pop-off valves.

Stephan Gregoire's ride has dried up. Formula Project 500 withdrew the entries.

Also withdrawn was the Tasman Motorsports Group car for Bryan Herta. It looks fairly certain Herta will drive Foyt's #14. Announcement is expected shortly.

The forty cars that practiced on the first day mark a new record for opening day.

Rumors:

The reason that Paul Tracy ran in Little Al's #31? Little Al was at Michigan running a simulated 500 mile race on the Mercedes in the #31T. Penske will be rotating one driver to MIS to run the motor each day.

Forecast: Weather looks good for tomorrow too. Remember your sunscreen.

Wisdom: You know you're getting older when the top of your head starts getting sunburned more often.

Answer to Trivia: Stephan Gregoire at 220.767mph.

Rob U -- - Rob Unglenieks REAL race cars DON'T wear BOWTIES anymore!!! - - "It is the foreign element that commits our crimes. There is no - - native criminal class except Congress." [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] - - (Don't look at me, I DIDN'T vote for Clinton. Will Engineer For Food.) -

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Stefan Johansson , Eddie Cheever , Buddy Lazier , Stephan Gregoire , Scott Sharp , Arie Luyendyk , Scott Goodyear , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Roberto Guerrero , Raul Boesel , Adrian Fernandez , Bobby Rahal , Paul Tracy , Mauricio Gugelmin , Bryan Herta , Lyn St. James , Mario Andretti , Al Unser Sr. , Emerson Fittipaldi , Ross Bentley , Johnny Parsons , Pancho Carter , John Paul , Dominic Dobson , Teo Fabi , Jim Crawford , Matsuda Hideshi , Michael Green