IRL: Indy 500: AGR's Gordon day three practice report

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 6, 2003) -- Robby Gordon continued his preparations for the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500 today, continuing to run the car in race setup. The California native lapped the 2.5-mile oval in the ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 6, 2003) -- Robby Gordon continued his preparations for the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500 today, continuing to run the car in race setup. The California native lapped the 2.5-mile oval in the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone with a best speed of 226.607 miles per hour (39.7163 seconds) and posted the 23rd fastest practice time of the day in 85 laps.

The Archipelago/Motorola team concentrated on the car's race balance for the third day in a row continuing to work on different downforce levels. Once satisfied with the race setup the team began changing the car over for a simulated qualifying run. The team was unable to get back on the track during "Happy Hour," but Gordon said there is still plenty of time to find a good qualifying setup. Gordon will return to action on Thursday after making a sponsor appearance tomorrow in California.

Gordon's AGR teammate Dan Wheldon set the fastest speed today and of the month at 231.108 miles per hour (38.9429 seconds) while drafting his teammate and owner Michael Andretti. Gil de Ferran was second quick at 230.873 miles per hour (38.9909 seconds) and Tomas Scheckter was third fastest, posting a best lap of 230.823 miles per hour (39.3999 seconds). Gordon's teammates Michael Andretti and Tony Kanaan were fifth and eighth fastest today running speeds of 230.416 miles per hour and 229.894 miles per hour.

Practice will continue tomorrow at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the teams prepare for "Pole Day" qualifying on Saturday, May 10. The Indianapolis 500 will take the green flag at 12 p.m. EDT and will be aired live on ABC Sports.

Robby Gordon #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"We put in quite a few laps today. It was a good day. We learned a lot about our race setups and tried some different downforce levels. I'm confident going into qualifying because I've got my teammates Dan Wheldon and Tony Kanaan working on qualifying setups and they were both really fast today. The Archipelago/Motorola team is just a great group of guys. It is a lot of work to convert the car from race trim to qualifying trim and they changed all of the stuff but we just didn't have enough time to get back on the track today. We missed it by a couple of minutes, which isn't that big of a deal because we still have three days left before qualifying."

Kyle Moyer , Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola

"Yesterday we weren't happy with our race setup but we are now. We did some long runs today and everything looks good so we put that program away and now we are getting ready for qualifying. The team worked really hard today. We put a lot of miles on our engine so we came in and changed that this afternoon and we wanted to get a quick leak check and maybe simulate a qualifying run in the last hour but we didn't get it in so we'll work on that later.

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Robby Gordon , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon