IRL: Indy 500: AGR's Andretti day 11 practice report

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 16, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Michael Andretti closed out his second week of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with 375 miles of work in his backup machine in preparation for his final run in the Indianapolis ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 16, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Michael Andretti closed out his second week of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with 375 miles of work in his backup machine in preparation for his final run in the Indianapolis 500.

Andretti, who has been out of the car since qualifications on Sunday, posted a quick lap of 224.507 miles per hour in 150 laps in the #7T Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone. Today marked the final day of practice for Andretti until Carburetion Day on Thursday, May 22. His Team 7-Eleven teammate Tony Kanaan will also return to action next Thursday.

Scott Dixon led today's practice session in his primary car with a speed of 229.966 miles per hour (39.1363 seconds). Dixon also set the third fastest speed of the day in his backup car with a lap at 228.454 miles per hour (39.3953 seconds). Tora Takagi was second quick at 228.657 miles per hour (39.3603 seconds).

Practice continues tomorrow at Indianapolis in preparation for Sunday's "bump day" qualifying session, as well as the "500," which is slated to go green May 25 at 12 p.m. EDT on ABC Sports.

MICHAEL ANDRETTI, #7 TEAM 7-ELEVEN DALLARA/HONDA/FIRESTONE:

"The car is good. I think we made some improvements with it. I'm ready to go. I'm ready to race."

TONY COTMAN, TEAM MANAGER, TEAM 7-ELEVEN:

"It was a marathon day, but Michael hadn't been on track all week. We basically used the information that we gathered early last week and the bit of info we got off the other boys these last couple days, and put it all together. We feel like we've got a pretty good car. I think we ran about 375 miles, which is a pretty big day. But, at the end of the day we're very happy. We're very happy with the team. Everything is rolling along pretty smooth right now."

- AGR -

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan