Behind the Barriers Notes and Quotes from the 87th Indianapolis 500 May 7, 2003 Decisions, decisions It's not unusual for a team to run their backup car to see if it's faster than the one designated as the primary. Team Penske is running both...
Behind the Barriers
Notes and Quotes from the 87th Indianapolis 500
May 7, 2003
It's not unusual for a team to run their backup car to see if it's faster than the one designated as the primary. Team Penske is running both cars to determine which chassis manufacturer is faster. Gil de Ferran and Helio Castroneves are trying to figure out whether to run the Panoz G Force or the Dallara chassis on race day. So far, de Ferran, who was driving the Panoz G Force at the time, has been fastest of the pair. Castrroneves set his fastest lap using the Dallara.
Shigeaki Hattori, who made contact with the wall yesterday, underwent successful surgery today to repair his fractured finger. Hattori also suffered a concussion in the accident.
Bryan Herta is back
Bryan Herta made his first driving appearance at the Speedway since 1995. Herta will serve as the backup driver for Robby Gordon at Andretti Green Racing. In the event the 500 is delayed, forcing Gordon to leave for Charlotte, Herta will be available to drive the No. 27. Herta, a Michigan native, has two wins and seven poles in an eight year CART career. He also claimed the 1993 Indy Lights championship and 1991 Barber Saab Pro Series title. Herta will also substitute for the injured Dario Franchitti at the Texas Motor Speedway and Pikes Peak International Raceway Indy Racing events in June.
Arie Luyendyk is attempting to qualify for his 18th Indianapolis 500. This year he'll be driving for Mo Nunn Racing. Veteran engineer Tim Wardrop will be working with Luyendyk at the 500 for the ninth time. Wardrop, who was involved with several Indy 500 victories while a designer at March, first worked with Luyendyk in 1987. He worked with Luyendyk at Treadway Racing for the 2001 and 2002 Indy 500s.
Rock and roll
Kenny Brack's new band is expected to perform at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway sometime during the month of May. The time and date are expected to be announced soon. The new band will feature Kathy Prather on vocals and Laz Denes on bass. Prather is the public relations representative for driver Greg Ray. Denes, who has performed with Brack in the past, is the public relations representative for Mo Nunn Racing.
Hall of Fame
Colin Chapman, Eddie Kuzma and Roger McCluskey will posthumously assume their place among the legends of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race in the Auto Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremonies May 16. The ceremonies will take place in conjunction with the annual Indianapolis 500 Oldtimers Club Banquet/Auto Racing Hall of Fame Inductions in the Hall of Champions banquet room at the Adam's Mark Indianapolis Airport Hotel.
New on the sidepods
Victory Brand, a manufacturer of 13 varieties of cigarettes, is now the primary sponsor on Buddy Lazier's Hemelgarn entry.
Jimmy Vasser's no. 19, entered by Rahal Letterman Racing, enjoys sponsorship from Argent Mortgage. Argent is the sponsor of the team's Toyota Atlantic car driven by Danica Patrick.
Somebody give me a cheeseburger
The Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 now have an "Official Burger." As part of the agreement Checkers/Rally's will sponsor the Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge
Robby Gordon was not at the Speedway today as previous commitments had him making a personal appearance in California
A total of 48 cars are now at the Speedway, all of which have passed technical inspection. There have been 28 drivers on track to date. Another 27 drivers have passed physical examinations.