IPS: IRL: Behind the Barriers: Indy day two

Marty Roth passed the final phase of the Rookie Orientation Program today and was cleared to practice and qualify for the race. Roth marked the occasion by becoming the first driver to spin in the event when he lost control in turn two just before...

Marty Roth passed the final phase of the Rookie Orientation Program today and was cleared to practice and qualify for the race. Roth marked the occasion by becoming the first driver to spin in the event when he lost control in turn two just before the start of happy hour. “I needed to get that out of the way,” said Roth. “That’s the way to do it where you don’t touch anything, and throw four new tires on it and keep going.”

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It’s a given that reporters don’t always get the story straight. This story, from the January 9, 1909 issue of the Indianapolis Sun, really had us scratching our heads. “Plans are being made by Carl G. Fisher, James A. Allison of Indianapolis and other prominent automobile men throughout the country for the establishment of a great racing course west of this city. Two tracts of land, containing 320 acres, have been bought. Over half a million dollars are to be expended. The plans include the building of a 26-mile track, a two-mile course and an immense amphitheater. The 26-mile course will wind around in snake-like fashion, so that the racers will be in view of the spectators all the time, and it will not be necessary to patrol it, as was the case at Savannah, Ga.”

On January 6, 1909, the Indianapolis Star reported, “Plans are being completed for the construction of a large amusement park a few miles west of the city, the chief feature of which will be a two or three mile automobile speedway where automobile races that will attract national entries may be held.”

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Torrential rain halted practice today for over three hours. While the rain did not last long, persistent weepers, located in turn three and the north short chute, kept practice from resuming for an hour after the rest of the track had been dried.

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Infiniti Pro Series points leader Thiago Medeiros completed his first lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the month of May when he competed in Saturday’s 500 Festival Mini Marathon. Medeiros and 29,000 other runners competed in the marathon, which includes a lap around the Speedway.

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Former Indianapolis Motor Speedway Superintendent Clarence Cagle will be honored in a memorial service May 25 at the Brickyard Crossing Inn Pavilion. Cagle, who passed away July 5, 2003 in Daytona Beach, Fla, will be eulogized b y Speedway Historian Donald Davidson. Cagle was instrumental in saving the Speedway after World War II.

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2003 Indianapolis 500 winner Gil De Ferran waved the green flag to start practice today. De Ferran, who will work as an analyst for ESPN during the month, said, “It was a funny sensation driving into the track thinking that it been a year already. It feels just like it was the other day.” De Ferran retired from the cockpit at the end of the 2003 season. ***

Larry Foyt took to the Speedway for the first time in the event, driving a brand new G Force sporting a bright Foyt Coyote orange paint job. Foyt turned 12 laps, recording a speed of 207.982 mph. “We shook down a brand new car that we finished up today. We had a lot of little things, rubs here and there, that you have with a new car that we had to fix. And then I had problems with the wind buffeting my helmet around, which we are going to work on tonight so we’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”

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There were thirty cars on track today. A total of 64 cars are now at the Speedway and 45 have passed technical inspection.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Larry Foyt , Marty Roth , Thiago Medeiros