IRL: Chicagoland: Honda Friday report

Kenny Brack and Bryan Herta recorded some of the fastest speeds in Friday practice at Chicagoland Speedway in preparation for Sunday's Delphi Indy 300. Team Rahal's Brack posted the third fastest speed of the day, 222.870 mph around the 1.5-mile...

Kenny Brack and Bryan Herta recorded some of the fastest speeds in Friday practice at Chicagoland Speedway in preparation for Sunday's Delphi Indy 300. Team Rahal's Brack posted the third fastest speed of the day, 222.870 mph around the 1.5-mile oval circuit, in the second of two practice sessions held today. Herta, already a winner this year at the nearly identical Kansas Speedway, was fourth quickest with a speed of 222.805 mph, also recorded in the afternoon session.

Rookie Dan Wheldon finished the day just outside of the top 10 at 221.756 mph for Andretti Green Racing. IndyCar Series championship points contender Tony Kanaan focused on race setup during the quicker second practice session, running 16th overall. Rookie points leader Roger Yasukawa was 20th for Super Aguri Fernandez Racing.

Greg Ray and his Access Motorsports were eliminated from competition after a Turn Three crash in the morning practice session, the result of a failure in the right rear suspension on only his fifth warm-up lap. Ray escaped any apparent injury in the crash, but was forced to withdraw from the event as his team's only car was heavily damaged by the impact.

Activities continue Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway with additional practice sessions and single-car qualifying to set the field for Sunday's 200-lap race, which will be televised live on ABC.

Kenny Brack (#15 Pioneer/Miller Lite Team Rahal Honda) third fastest today: "The car felt pretty good today. We tested here last week and I think we learned a little bit about this place. It is very fast here. This afternoon's practice was encouraging for the whole Rahal team, and there is more speed left in the car. Overall, I think we have a good start for the weekend, now we just have to improve it for qualifying. I know they had a great race here last year, so I would expect at least the same on Sunday, maybe even more competitive."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon