IRL: Behind the Barriers: Indy day six

Practice opened under threatening skies at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with four drivers taking to the Speedway before rain halted on track activities. Sarah Fisher managed to log 5 laps, setting the fastest lap of day at 212.616 mph. A.J....

Practice opened under threatening skies at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with four drivers taking to the Speedway before rain halted on track activities. Sarah Fisher managed to log 5 laps, setting the fastest lap of day at 212.616 mph. A.J. Foyt IV turned two laps while Bruno Junqueira and Buddy Rice each toured the circuit once. At mid afternoon, with the track dry and safety crews focusing their efforts on the warm up lane, a second storm hit the track forcing officials to close the track for the day. The draw for the qualifying order was then scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EST.

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Robby Gordon was worried about making it to the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Richmond if he pulled a high number in the qualifying draw. Gordon had to be all smiles after learning that his primary Meijer Coca Cola Dallara-Chevrolet would be the second car in the qualification order. Gordon's backup car is slated for seventh

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Ashley Judd reached into the checkered helmet to pull numbers for husband Dario Franchitti's qualifying spots, announcing pill numbers 47 and 27. "Good mojo," said Judd when she pulled the 27. Dario Franchitti drives the No. 27 Arca Ex Dallara-Honda for Andretti Green Racing. The 47 and 27 will see Franchitti in the 22nd spot with the backup car and 39th in the primary. Sam Hornish's team pulled the number 6 for his car, which also bears the No. 6. Hornish will be sixth in line with the primary car and 21st in the backup.

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Fans often acquire their passion for racing after being exposed to the sport by a parent or relative. During the Team Penske press conference today, Roger Penske noted how his father first brought him to the Speedway in 1951. Penske noted his post race tradition consists of watching the replay of the race on television.

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Patrick Racing announced today an associate sponsorship deal with Stacker 2 during the 2004 Indy Racing League IndyCar season. Stacker 2 will appear on the No. 20 Patrick Racing Dallara-Chevrolet, driver Al Unser Jr's uniform and crew uniforms starting on pole day.

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Several drivers have been lapping Gasoline Alley in hopes of landing a ride for the 500. Both Lazier brothers, Buddy and Jaques are here as well as Oriol Servia, Jeff Simmons, Memo Gidley and Max Papis. Jaques Lazier has been driving the two-seater, providing rides around the Speedway, while Simmons will drive in the Freedom 100 Infiniti Pro Series race next weekend. Max Papis says he has the inside line on a third seat at Ganassi. Papis competes for Ganassi's Grand Am team with co-driver Scott Pruett.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Sarah Fisher , Memo Gidley , A.J. Foyt IV , Jaques Lazier  , Bruno Junqueira , Max Papis , Dario Franchitti , Oriol Servia , Scott Pruett , Buddy Rice , Jeff Simmons , Roger Penske , A.J. Foyt , Al Unser , Sam Hornis
Teams Team Penske