IRL: Friday practice at California Speedway

FONTANA, CALIF (March 22, 2002) - Tomas Scheckter set the fastest lap of the day after an electrical misfire forced the team to move to a backup car. "We had to change to a "T" car," said Scheckter, after averaging 222.130 mph around the...

FONTANA, CALIF (March 22, 2002) - Tomas Scheckter set the fastest lap of the day after an electrical misfire forced the team to move to a backup car.

"We had to change to a "T" car," said Scheckter, after averaging 222.130 mph around the two-mile California Speedway. "It just shows what an unbelievable job these guys do on my car. I can jump into a "T" car and be quickest. It's great."

Scheckter's teammate, Eddie Cheever, set the fastest lap in the first session at 221.505 mph, which held up as second fastest of the day.

"Today we picked up from where we were at Test in the West," said Cheever, who was third fastest during last month's open test.

Jaques Lazier was third fastest, setting his best lap in the second session. "We're real happy with our run today, said Lazier.

Lazier, who admitted to getting a tow on his fast lap, was pleased with a speed of 220.7 mph, recorded without any help. Lazier's best lap stopped the clocks at 32.557 seconds for an average speed of 221.151 mph.

Felipe Giaffone was fourth fastest followed by Robbie Buhl, Jeff Ward, Buddy Lazier and Helio Castroneves, who was eighth.

Richie Hearn was ninth, substituting for Anthony Lazzaro in the Sam Schmidt entry. "Practice went pretty good," said Hearn, who makes his first appearance in an Indy car since racing at Pikes Peak and Chicagoland in 2001.

"For not being out here for a couple of years I got up to speed fairly easy," Hearn added. "These guys prepared a good car. They tested very well here at Test in the West. We really didn't have to change a lot."

Qualifying for the Yamaha Indy 400 gets underway at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Felipe Giaffone , Eddie Cheever , Robbie Buhl , Jeff Ward , Helio Castroneves , Jaques Lazier  , Richie Hearn , Anthony Lazzaro , Sam Schmidt