1995 TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH PPG Indy Car World Series Race No. 4 April 7-9, 1995 SATURDAY MORNING PRACTICE REPORT by Robet Heathcote, for SpeedNet LONG BEACH, Calif. -- SpeedNet -- Hello and welcome back to a beautiful Saturday...
1995 TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH PPG Indy Car World Series Race No. 4 April 7-9, 1995
SATURDAY MORNING PRACTICE REPORT by Robet Heathcote, for SpeedNet
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- SpeedNet -- Hello and welcome back to a beautiful Saturday morning here in Long Beach. We are again sending from the press room and the Indy car morning practice session just finished, under a partly cloudy sky with a temperature of about 70 degrees.
Michael Andretti was fastest at 52.520 seconds, followed by teammate Paul Tracy (53.031) and Teo Fabi (53.062). Complete times to follow.
Andre Ribeiro brought out the first red flag of the session when he smacked the outside wall at Turn 6, and tore off the left front wheel which came back into the car and damaged the sidepod. Andre was OK, but pretty mad. The team will have to prepare the backup car for final qualifying later this afternoon.
The second stoppage of green flag action happened when Hiro Matsushita missed his braking for Turn 6 and then stalled the car when he tried to get back on the track.
The next red flag flew for Eliseo Salazar, who took off the left corner on th inside wall at Turn 7, which sent him into the outside wall, doing minor damaged to the right side of the car. Driver was OK.
By this time the session was already about a half hour longer than it should have been, and thats when Emerson Fittipali came together with Marco Greco over in Turn 1. =
"I was overtaking the #55 car (Marco Greco) which was going very slow into Turn 1, said Fittipaldi. He moved over and opened the door so I started to go through on the inside. All of a sudden, he turned into me and we had a big crash. It is unbelieveable that this kind of driving can happen at a tight street circuit like Long Beach. It is very dangerous when a driver is not aware of who is around him. Now the crew has to work full force to repair my car in time for qualifying. Of course we must now start all over with the setup which was already working very good for the race."