IRL: Indy 500: Day six washed out, Pole Day preview

Rain Washes Out "Fast Friday" At Indy INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 14, 2004 -- Rain forced cancellation of the sixth day of practice May 14 for the 88th Indianapolis 500 at 3:45 p.m. (EDT). Four cars totaled six laps before the rain came just after...

Rain Washes Out "Fast Friday" At Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 14, 2004 -- Rain forced cancellation of the sixth day of practice May 14 for the 88th Indianapolis 500 at 3:45 p.m. (EDT). Four cars totaled six laps before the rain came just after noon (EDT).

Teams have a two-hour window to fine-tune their cars May 15 before Pole Qualifying begins at noon (EDT). The forecast is for clear skies and a temperature in the low 70s.

Tony Kanaan, in the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, has the top speed of the month at 222.668 mph (40.4189 seconds). Helio Castroneves (221.156 mph) led practice on May 13.

INDIANAPOLIS 500 QUALIFYING PROCEDURE:

1. In order to alleviate possible congestion or misunderstandings when qualifications begin, the IRL requires that each team designate a representative to participate in a blind drawing to determine the initial qualifications order.

2. A completed qualifying attempt consists of four consecutively timed laps. A car may make a maximum of three attempts, provided that neither the first nor second attempts have been run to completion. Once a car has posted its four-lap average speed, no further attempt may be made by that CAR. However, the DRIVER may attempt to qualify another car provided that the first car has been "bumped" from the field by a faster car or the first car has been withdrawn.

3. The starting field is made up of the 33 fastest qualifiers, regardless of the day on which a car has qualified. Cars are lined up according to their speed ranking on EACH DAY with the fastest qualifier on the first day occupying the pole position. The successful second-day qualifiers line up behind the successful first day qualifiers in order of speed with the fastest qualifier of the second day always starting behind the slowest successful qualifier of the first day, regardless of overall speed, followed by the successful qualifiers of the third day, in order of speed, etc.

4. Once a total of 33 cars have qualified and the time allotted for qualifications has not run out, other cars may make qualification attempts, placing the car with the 33rd fastest speed in the position of being "bumped" from the field by a faster qualifier, regardless of the day on which the original qualifier posted his/her time and speed.

5. Each car participating in the pre-qualifications draw is guaranteed a qualifying attempt provided the car is properly presented at all times. In the event of delays due to weather, etc., the "first day" qualifiers could conceivably not be determined until the second or even the third day. The original line may "run out" ("break in the line") before the end of the first day. In that case, any subsequent qualifier is still considered a first-day qualifier and is still eligible for the pole position until the track is closed for the day.

6. Each car must take two warm-up laps. The decision either to take the green flag to start the attempt or to "wave off" the attempt must be made before the car completed the second warm-up lap.

7. If the team representative does not display the green flag to signal the start of a qualification attempt, the car will not be charged with an attempt and must return to the pit lane. A car may depart from the line an unlimited number of times, provided the team representative has not displayed the green flag.

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SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE (all times local):
7 a.m. Public Gates Open
8-10 a.m. IndyCar Series Practice
11 a.m-6 p.m. MBNA Pole Qualifications
6 p.m. Track Closes
6 p.m. MBNA Pole Award, Toro Tractor presentation, Victory Podium

Pole qualifying order announced

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan