IRL: Behind the Barriers: Indy 500 Fast Friday

Drivers from the Champ Car World Series are not expected to compete at the Indianapolis 500 this year but that doesn't mean crew members from the CCWS won't be participating. Improved speeds by Marty Roth may be due to new additions from the Champ...

Drivers from the Champ Car World Series are not expected to compete at the Indianapolis 500 this year but that doesn't mean crew members from the CCWS won't be participating. Improved speeds by Marty Roth may be due to new additions from the Champ Car ranks. Will Phillips, an engineer with Team Minardi USA, is currently working with Roth's No. 25 entry. Phillips has been with the team, formerly known as CTE-HVM, for four years. Mario Dominguez's Forsythe Racing crew chief Jon Fricker is also working with Roth Racing at the Speedway.

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Jaques Lazier returned to practice today after initially thinking he'd be a second week qualifier. Second week qualifiers are scheduled to begin practice on May 16. "We're in the ballgame right now," said Lazier. "We're playing catch up, so we have to be realistic about it because it's Fast Friday, and a lot of people are going to be trimming the cars out even more than they did yesterday." Lazier thinks he has a car is capable of qualifying in one of the first 22 positions. "That was our goal." The change in plans was made possible by an increase in sponsorship from the Indiana Ice hockey team and Venture Logistics.

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AAA Hoosier Motor Club Insurance announced it will expand its sponsorship of Sarah Fisher to include her Dreyer and Reinbold ride at the Speedway. Fisher, who is currently appearing in television commercials for AAA, signed a three year deal to be the company's official spokesperson.

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Tom Wood announced today his retirement from the Indy Pro Series. Wood was injured in a testing accident in Milwaukee earlier this week and is currently being treated at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for a compression fracture of the T9 vertebrae. Wood reported that he will focus on being a car owner in the Indy Pro Series.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Jaques Lazier  , Marty Roth , Tom Wood