IRL: Indy 500: Day twelve practice report

Dare, Ray end up 1-2 as Bump Day hopefuls find speed at Indy. INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, May 18, 2002 -- A.J. Foyt Racing teammates Airton Dare and Greg Ray were first and second on the speed chart, respectively, May 18 during the final full day of...

Dare, Ray end up 1-2 as Bump Day hopefuls find speed at Indy.

INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, May 18, 2002 -- A.J. Foyt Racing teammates Airton Dare and Greg Ray were first and second on the speed chart, respectively, May 18 during the final full day of practice before Bump Day, as the top 11 speeds were turned by drivers still trying to qualify for the 86th Indianapolis 500.

Dare led at 39.6449 seconds, 227.015 mph, in the No. 14 Harrah's/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone. His teammate, Ray, was second at 39.6902, 226.756 in the No. 11 A.J. Foyt Racing/Harrah's Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone on a sunny day with air temperatures in the low 50s and steady north winds of 15 to 19 mph.

Bump Day qualifying, the final chance to earn a spot in the 33-car field, starts at noon (EST) Sunday. Pre-qualifying practice is scheduled for 10-11:15 a.m.

"We didn't play a lot with the car because the conditions changed, and they will change tomorrow," Dare said. "We're waiting for tomorrow. I'm very confident with myself and the car and the team. The only problem tomorrow will be if something goes wrong, like if we lose a motor or a tire. That's the kind of problem that if you're on the (third) day of qualifying you worry about. But in speed and handling of the car, that is certainly not a problem."

Dario Franchitti ended the day third at 39.6911, 226.751, in the No. 27 Team Green 7-Eleven Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone. His Team Green teammate Paul Tracy was fourth at 39.7381, 226.483 in the No. 26 Team Green 7-Eleven Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone.

Oriol Servia rounded out the top five at 39.7599, 226.359 in the No. 34T Mi-Jack Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone fielded by Mi-Jack Conquest Racing. It was the fastest lap of the month for Servia, whose primary car is fielded by Walker Racing. Servia first drove in that car -- the backup of No. 16 qualifier Laurent Redon -- with 18 minutes remaining in the session.

Servia hasn't officially switched to the Mi-Jack-Conquest car, but his test laps in the car could be a portent of feverish activity for many teams and drivers on Bump Day. One team outside of the field, Brayton Racing, already made a driver change today. Veteran Scott Harrington replaced rookie John de Vries as the driver of the No. 37 and No. 37T Pit Bull Energy Drink/Rhino Cleaning Products Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone.

Veteran Mark Dismore returned to the track today for the first time since suffering a concussion in a crash during practice May 9, two days before Pole Day. His top lap today was 40.3185, 223.223 in the No. 20 Grill 2 Go Sam Schmidt Motorsports Indy Car Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone.

Thirty-two drivers in 37 cars turned 1,738 laps today.

The 86th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for 11 a.m. (EST) Sunday, May 26.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Airton Daré , Mark Dismore , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Oriol Servia , Laurent Redon , Sam Schmidt , John de Vries , Scott Harrington , A.J. Foyt
Teams Conquest Racing