IPS: IRL: Behind The Barrier: Mid-Ohio

After two practice sessions for the Indy Pro Series drivers (45 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon), Richard Antinucci was timed at 1:14.2590 to set the fastest lap of the day. Wade Cunningham, fastest in the morning session,...

After two practice sessions for the Indy Pro Series drivers (45 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon), Richard Antinucci was timed at 1:14.2590 to set the fastest lap of the day. Wade Cunningham, fastest in the morning session, was second fastest on the day, followed by Daniel Herrington, Andrew Prendeville and Bobby Wilson. Series points leader Alex Lloyd improved to eighth fastest on the day after he was 17th in the first session. Times improved for every driver from the first to the second session.

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Jonathan Klein will be heading home early this weekend. He turned 15 laps in the first practice session before making hard contact with the tire barrier in Turn two. Although he complained about his arm, Klein climbed from his machine without assistance. He was checked and released from the infield care center with a bruised right elbow. "I don't know what broke, but something broke in my pedal box" said Klein. "My throttle stuck, my brake pedal went straight to the floor and the clutch didn't disengage the motor. Obviously, something went wrong." The impact sheared the front of the car off and broke the front suspension on both sides forcing the team to withdraw from the event.

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In Team Penske's last two appearances at Mid-Ohio they came away 1-2 finishes. In 2000 and 2001, Gil de Ferran started from the pole and finished second while Helio Castroneves started second and won both races.

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Sean Guthrie's Indy Pro Series ride will be sporting its familiar yellow and blue paint scheme this weekend but it won't be carrying the number 4. Guthrie Racing and Playa del Racing have agreed to run Sean in the number 12 car which is currently ranked ninth in entrant points. The number 4, normally run by Guthrie, will be on the Guthrie Racing entry of Tom Wieringa. "Our car was destroyed at Nashville, so it was impossible to have a car of our own ready for this weekend," said Playa del Racing co-owner Gary Sallee. "I worked with Jim (Guthrie) during the '98 Indy 500, and it's great to have a chance to work with him again."

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Sports car driver Ian Bass will be doing double duty this weekend, splitting his time between Mid-Ohio and the Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. The Noblesville, Ind. driver will compete in the Rolex Series GT race at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday morning, Bass will race at Mid-Ohio in the SPEED World Challenge race.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Andrew Prendeville , Richard Antinucci , Alex Lloyd , Wade Cunningham , Daniel Herrington , Bobby Wilson , Jonathan Klein , Tom Wieringa , Sean Guthrie
Teams Team Penske