IPS: IRL: Indy: Behind the Barriers, Day 5

Behind the Barriers Notes from the 87th Indianapolis 500 May 8, 2003 Penske chassis watch Both Team Penske drivers increased their speeds today, with Helio Castroneves leading the way with a lap at 231.595 mph. Castroneves used the Dallara ...

Behind the Barriers
Notes from the 87th Indianapolis 500
May 8, 2003

Penske chassis watch

Both Team Penske drivers increased their speeds today, with Helio Castroneves leading the way with a lap at 231.595 mph. Castroneves used the Dallara chassis to set his fastest lap. Gil de Ferran, who was fastest of the pair yesterday, set his best lap (231.567mph), driving the Panoz G Force chassis.

Medical update

Shigeaki Hattori was released from Methodist Hospital one day after undergoing successful surgery to on his fractured finger. IRL Medical Staff will evaluate Hattori, who also suffered a concussion, before being cleared to drive.

Unwelcome guest

Scott Dixon returned from the Twin Ring Motegi to find an unusual odor in his Indianapolis house. It turns out that a raccoon had found its way into Dixon's home and decided to share the residence. The raccoon was eventually caught and removed from the house.

Room Service

Starter Paul Blevin is what you would call an essential employee at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With practice running from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm each day, Blevin doesn't get an opportunity to leave the starter's stand. Lunch is delivered via a rope, "the same way we get our flags and other stuff up there."

Take the day off

For the second day in a row, Michael Andretti decided not to run. "We have the luxury of feeling like we have a good setup, so we'll run when we think it's the right time to run." Teams are anticipating Friday's weather to be much like it will be for qualifying on Saturday. Conditions were cool today while temperatures on Friday and Saturday are expected to be higher.

New on the sidepods

Shinji Nakano's Beck Motorsports entry is now officially known as the Beard Papa's Dallara/Honda/Firestone.

He's on it

Dan Wheldon's speed today (232.202 mph) was the fastest lap at the Speedway since 1996. "My mum would kill me if she knew I was going 232 again," said the young Brit.

The count

All fifty cars at the Speedway have passed technical inspection.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Shigeaki Hattori , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Scott Dixon , Shinji Nakano , Dan Wheldon
Teams Team Penske