IRL: Behind the Barriers: Indy Fast Friday

To accommodate the new qualifying procedure, pit lane will look a little bit different this year. Cars attempting to make a qualifying run will be presented just south of Gasoline Alley where they will line up to undergo technical inspection prior...

To accommodate the new qualifying procedure, pit lane will look a little bit different this year. Cars attempting to make a qualifying run will be presented just south of Gasoline Alley where they will line up to undergo technical inspection prior to making their run. Based on a diagram provided by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the tech pad will be located in the same vicinity as the area used by track photographers to shoot the famous driver and team qualifying photos. From Gasoline Alley to the north, towards turn four, the pit lane will be used by the teams to prepare their cars. A media bullpen will be located at the start/finish line.

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway honored longtime voice of the Speedway's public address system Tom Carnegie with "Tom Carnegie Day. Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Steve Campbell presented Carnegie with a proclamation declaring today "Tom Carnegie Day" in the City of Indianapolis too. Carnegie has worked at the Speedway for 60 years, joining the public address team when the Hulman family took control of the Speedway after World War II.

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Six candidates for the 39th BorgWarner Louis Schwitzer Award were named today. The award, from the Indiana Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), is presented by engineers to engineers, acknowledging individuals with the courage and conviction to develop new concepts in motorsports technology. The technological group named for the 2005 award are: Panoz Chassis Update Kit, Chevrolet IRL Engine, Delphi Ear Piece Sensor System, Honda IRL Engine, Team Penske Rear Wing Adjustment System. The Society of Automotive Engineers celebrates its centenary in 2005.

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Firestone has produced nearly 5,000 tires for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500. All of this year's tires were produced at the Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. Teams are allotted 35 sets of tires for the event. Firestone officials have provided two stagger options (0.33 and 0.43 of an inch) both using the same compound as last year.

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Sam Hornish wrecked his backup car in practice today during a frightening crash that lifted his car into the air before landing upside down. While Hornish may not be favored for the pole, history has shown that it is possible for a driver to crash on the day before pole qualifying and still put the car on the pole. Tom Sneva ('77) and Rick Mears ('99), both Penske drivers at the time, won the pole position after being involved in a crash one day before pole qualifying.

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The fastest practice speeds at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have all exceeded Buddy Rice's 2004 pole speed of 222.024 mph. During Rice's four lap qualifying run his fastest single lap (Lap 2) averaged 222.224 mph. Pole speed predictions for 2005 have ranged from 225.2 mph (Buddy Rice) to 227.3 (Jaques Lazier). While many drivers admitted to enjoying a tow while setting their best laps, Danica Patrick made several tours of the historic 2.5-mile speedway today averaging over 226 mph without a tow.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jaques Lazier  , Rick Mears , Tom Sneva , Buddy Rice , Danica Patrick , Sam Hornis
Teams Team Penske