IRL: Indy 500: Day five summary

Castoneves Tops Speed Charts Again At Indy INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 13, 2004 -- Helio Castroneves became the first driver to top the speed chart for the second time as he led the fifth day of practice for the Indianapolis 500. Castroneves...

Castoneves Tops Speed Charts Again At Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 13, 2004 -- Helio Castroneves became the first driver to top the speed chart for the second time as he led the fifth day of practice for the Indianapolis 500.

Castroneves turned a lap of 221.156 mph in his No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/Firestone late in Happy Hour to take the top spot from Rahal-Letterman Racing's Roger Yasukawa.

"Unfortunately, I did have a draft," Castroneves said. "Today it seems the speeds came down slightly because of the rain. The track was cooler. That means we have more drag, so we were slower down the straight. It might be easier going through the corners, but on the straights, we were just a little bit slower. It was important to test today to have a little bit of an understanding of going from the hot weather to not so hot."

Yasukawa posted a fast lap of 221.093 in his No. 16 Rahal-Letterman Sammy Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone. Castroneves' teammate, Sam Hornish Jr., was third-fastest at 220.956 mph in his No. 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/Firestone entry.

Practice was delayed more than four hours by rain, then ended early when Scott Sharp spun and hit the SAFER Barrier in the short chute between Turns 1 and 2. Sharp was uninjured in the incident. <pre> FASTEST SPEEDS OF DAY Pos. Car Name C/E/T Speed 1 3 Helio Castroneves D/T/F 221.156 mph 2 16 Roger Yasukawa G/H/F 221.093 mph 3 6 Sam Hornish Jr. D/T/F 220.956 mph 4 15 Buddy Rice G/H/F 220.778 mph 5 11 Tony Kanaan D/H/F 220.733 mph

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Roger Yasukawa , Buddy Rice , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske