IRL: Day 15 - Indy 500 - May 17

DAY 16 SATURDAY, MAY 17 THIRD QUALIFYING DAY Motorsports photographer Jesse Alexander has a career that has spanned four decades around the world. Despite the 68-year-old Californian's longtime reputation for his powerful black-and-white...

DAY 16 SATURDAY, MAY 17 THIRD QUALIFYING DAY

Motorsports photographer Jesse Alexander has a career that has spanned four decades around the world. Despite the 68-year-old Californian's longtime reputation for his powerful black-and-white images of motor racing, he has not attended the Indianapolis 500. In celebration of its first appearance in the Indianapolis 500, Nissan and its Infiniti luxury division have commissioned Alexander to photograph the drivers, crew members and race cars that make up this year's Infiniti Indy project...all in black-and-white.

Championship Auto Racing Auxiliary (CARA) will hold its 16th annual "500" Fashion Show and Luncheon Friday, May 23 at the Westin Hotel. The luncheon is scheduled for noon and fashion show is at 1 p.m. Kai Binford, 1997 chairperson, said the theme for the show would be "Winning Spirit". Laura George is honorary chairperson and MCs will include Kristi Lee and Dave Calabro. Since its inception in 1981, CARA has donated more than $650,000 to numerous racing and child-related causes and charities. Tickets are $50 each with an additional $15 for the Patron Party at 11 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency and may be purchased by contacting the CARA office at (317)299-2277.

Update on driver Johnny O'Connell from Dr. Henry Bock, Speedway medical director: O'Connell underwent surgery Friday by trauma orthopedist Dr. Dean Marr to repair his dislocated left foot. The surgery was successful and he will remain at Methodist Hospital for two or three days. After his release, his foot will remain in a cast for six to eight weeks. He remains in good condition.

Morning Practice Notes: 9:30 a.m. YELLOW, #91 Unser smoking, stopped on course. 9:32 a.m. The temperature was 62 degrees with southwest winds at 14 miles an hour. 10:02 a.m. #11 Boat turned a lap at 216.201 miles an hour, fastest of session. 10:08 a.m. #28 Dismore turned a lap at 217.360, fastest of session. 10:15 a.m. #97 Ray turned a lap at 215.260, third fastest of session. Mark Dismore, Billy Boat and Dennis Vitolo each turned their fastest lap of the month during the session. Top Speeds: #28 Dismore 217.360; #11 Boat 216.201; #97 Ray 215.260; #50 Roe 212.394; #18 Carlson 211.531; #16 Schmidt 208.904; #54 Vitolo 208.522; #33 Velez 208.083; #91 Unser 204.834; #72 Bourbonnais 123.126.

At 11:00 a.m. the ambient temperature was 77 degrees and the track temperature 103 degrees, according to Goodyear tire engineers.

11:00 a.m. #97 Greg Ray pulled off the race track with engine trouble during qualification attempt warm up lap.

11:35 a.m. #11 BILLY BOAT/Phoenix, AZ Conseco AJ Foyt Enterprises - D/A/G

QA - 34 1 -- 41.961 -- 214.485 Q - 24 2 -- 41.609 -- 216.299 3 -- 41.722 -- 215.714 4 -- 41.727 -- 215.688 T 2:47.019 -- 215.544

11:42 a.m. #50 BILLY ROE/Gilbert, AZ Sega/Progressive Electronics/Eurointernational - D/A/F

QA - 35 1 -- 42.412 -- 212.204 Q - 25 2 -- 42.200 -- 213.270 3 -- 42.421 -- 212.159 4 -- 42.178 -- 213.381 T 2:49.211 -- 212.752

11:47 a.m. #33 FERMIN VELEZ/Barcelon, Spain Old Navy Scandia Alta Xcel - D/A/G

QA - 36 1 -- 43.040 -- 209.108 Q - 26 2 -- 43.350 -- 207.612 Locked In 3 -- 43.917 -- 204.932 4 -- 44.017 -- 204.466 T 2:54.324 -- 206.512

11:54 a.m. #18 TYCE CARLSON/Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Tnemec Overhead Door Pyle V-Line Earl's - D/A/G

QA - 37 1 -- 42.400 -- 212.264 Q - 27 2 -- 42.517 -- 211.680 Locked In 3 -- 42.689 -- 210.827 4 -- 43.130 -- 208.671 T 2:50.736 -- 210.852

11:59 a.m. #54 DENNIS VITOLO/Golden Beach, FL SmithKline Beecham/Kroger/Beck Motorsports - D/I/F

QA - 38 1 -- 43.376 -- 207.488 Q - 28 2 -- 43.367 -- 207.531 Locked In 3 -- 43.340 -- 207.660 4 -- 43.306 -- 207.823 T 2:53.389 -- 207.626

At 12:00 p.m. the ambient temperature was 79 degrees and the track temperature 120 degrees, according to Firestone tire engineers.

12:05 p.m. #28 MARK DISMORE/Greenfield, IN Kelley Automotive Group - D/A/G

QA - 39 1 -- 41.881 -- 214.895 Q - 29 2 -- 42.104 -- 213.756 Locked In 3 -- 42.477 -- 211.879 4 -- 43.011 -- 209.249 T 2:49.473 -- 212.423

12:12 p.m. #16 SAM SCHMIDT/Las Vegas, NV HOPE Prepaid Fuel Card - D/A/F

QA - 40 1 -- 41.636 -- 216.159 Q - 30 2 -- 41.903 -- 214.782 3 -- 41.968 -- 214.449 4 -- 41.825 -- 215.182 T 2:47.332 -- 215.141

12:19 p.m. #22 MARCO GRECO/Sao Paulo, Brazil Side Play International Scandia Alta Xcel - D/A/G

QA - 41 1 -- 42.265 -- 212.942 Q - 31 2 -- 42.718 -- 210.684 Locked In 3 -- 43.036 -- 209.127 4 -- 43.147 -- 208.589 T 2:51.166 -- 210.322

After Mark Dismore qualified, he took a stool out in front of the PDM/Kelley garage in Gasoline Alley, dragged out a Sharpie (pen) and started to sign autographs. Two and a half hours later, he was done, after signing everything from T-shirts to "hero" cards to a man's bald head. At one point, a team member brought him a new Sharpie when the first one had well run down its felt-tip point. "I think I flat-spotted that one," was Dismore's comment.

At 3 p.m., Linda Conti, a spokesperson for Thomas Knapp Motorsports, said that a piston failed on Greg Ray's #97 Tobacco Free Kids entry as he warmed up before bidding to make a qualifying attempt this morning. Conti added that the team was installing its race engine and was waiting on an inner cooler in order to make a qualifying attempt this afternoon.

Veteran Hideshi Matsuda passed the driver physical today, according to Dr. Henry Bock, Speedway medical director.

At 5:32 p.m., Claude Bourbonnais in the #72 Blueprint Racing entry went high in Turn 2 and brushed the wall with the right rear for approximately 20 feet, came off the wall 40 feet and brushed the wall again for 10 feet hit again with the right front, then came off the wall and drove to the pits on two wheels. The car sustained right rear suspension and rim damage, rear wing mount damage and minor right front damage. The car will be repaired, according to a team spokesman. Speedway medical director Dr. Henry Bock reported Bourbonnais was uninjured and cleared to drive. CLAUDE BOURBONNAIS: "I had a bit of a push. I came in and did some changes. I was going faster. It was better. I had a little push in turn 2. I touched the wall and did a little damage. I misjudged the changes and couldn't get into the apex. We just made some progress. We'll be back out tomorrow.."

18 cars were on the track today, running 611 laps. Cars on track today: #4 Brack; #7 Salazar; #11 Boat; #12 Calkins; #16 Schmidt; #18 Carlson; #22 Greco; #28 Dismore; #33 Velez; #34 Zampedri; #36 Harrington; #50 Roe; #51T Cheever; #54 Vitolo; #72 Bourbonnais; #91 Unser; #91T Lazier; #97 Ray.

A total of 48 cars are now at the Speedway, 46 have passed technical inspection and 0 are in the process. 38 drivers have been on the track to date. There were 12 yellows for 1 hour, 59 minutes.

At 6:04 p.m., the temperature was 81 degrees and winds were out of the west at 10 miles an hour.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Billy Boat , Mark Dismore , Johnny O'Connell , Claude Bourbonnais , Matsuda Hideshi