Castroneves Celebrates Birthday With Fast Lap INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, May 10, 2004 -- Helio Castroneves celebrated his 29th birthday in style. The Marlboro Team Penske driver lapped the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in 40.8533 seconds,...
Castroneves Celebrates Birthday With Fast Lap
INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, May 10, 2004 -- Helio Castroneves celebrated his 29th birthday in style.
The Marlboro Team Penske driver lapped the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in 40.8533 seconds, 220.300 mph, in his No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/Firestone to lead the second day of practice for the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500.
"A lot of people went out late in the session, so we just waited, waited, waited until we got a clean track," said Castroneves, a two-time Indianapolis 500 champion. "We don't want to keep trying to just put a fast time out there. We just want to make sure the car handles well. That's why we didn't do many laps."
Reigning IRL IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon was second fastest at 40.9894 seconds, 219.569 mph, in his Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone as Toyota swept three of the top four spots on the time sheets.
Tony Kanaan was third at 40.9923 mph, 219.553 mph, in his Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone. Tomas Scheckter was the fastest Chevrolet for the second day in a row at 41.1160 seconds, 218.893 mph.
The session was interrupted by rain for 3 hours and 35 minutes and there were two incidents for spins. Marty Roth's No. 25 Roth Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone entry was not damaged when he spun off of Turn 2 during the final hour of practice, but Robby Gordon's No. 70 Meijer/Coca-Cola Robby Gordon Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone suffered moderate damage when he made contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn 2 following a spin in the short chute between Turns 1 and 2.
<pre> FASTEST SPEEDS OF DAY Pos. Car Name C/E/T Speed 1 3 Helio Castroneves D/T/F 218.900 mph 2 1 Scott Dixon G/T/F 219.569 mph 3 11 Tony Kanaan D/H/F 219.553 mph 4 6 Sam Hornish Jr. D/T/F 219.357 mph 3 5 Adrian Fernandez D/H/F 219.118 mph