Foyt and Giaffone Qualify for the Indianapolis 500 INDIANAPOLIS (May 20, 2006)--Larry Foyt and Felipe Giaffone qualified Saturday for the 90th Running of the Indianapolis 500 driving Honda-powered ABC Supply Dallaras. Giaffone qualified...
Foyt and Giaffone Qualify for the Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS (May 20, 2006)--Larry Foyt and Felipe Giaffone qualified Saturday for the 90th Running of the Indianapolis 500 driving Honda-powered ABC Supply Dallaras.
Giaffone qualified the No. 14 with a four-lap average speed of 221.542 mph and will start 21st outside the seventh row. Foyt, making his third start here in the No. 41, averaged 221.332 mph and will start 23rd, in the middle of the eighth row.
The team struggled to find speed in the few practice days they had this month which was the wettest May at the speedway since 1978. The two teams made some changes in this morning's practice which helped them over the 220 mph hurdle.
"We found some things that helped the balance which has been a problem for us this month," said Giaffone. "I think if we had had more time, we could have taken more downforce out but we really just wanted to get in the race with a solid time. Now we can work on race set-up tomorrow."
For Foyt, who has only raced Indy cars here at Indy, the run was, by his own admission, a little more exciting than Giaffone's.
"I'm glad it's over," said Foyt. "I had quite a big push and tried to do everything I could inside the cockpit but it got worse. I used every inch of the track. It wasn't an easy run but it was exciting."
Of the two drivers, Foyt posted the quickest individual lap with a speed of 222.033 mph. Giaffone's quickest lap was 221.881 mph.
"This time it went a lot smoother for me," said Giaffone who last year qualified on Bump Day after being drafted to drive while he and his wife were shopping at Babies R Us. Giaffone had very few laps in the No. 48 Panoz when he qualified at over 217 mph and bumped his way into the field in the waning minutes of Bump Day qualifying. Giaffone finished 15th in the 500 last year and made a strong impression on his new team owner.
When Foyt needed a driver for 2006, he contacted Giaffone and a deal was made.
"Bump Day was a very tough day for me here last year," said Giaffone, "but it led to me being back in Indy cars full time so it turned out to be a good day too."
"I think the boys did a good job today," said team owner A.J. Foyt. "Considering the weather and the lack of practice we had, I'm happy. You always want to be faster but the biggest thing was getting in the race with a solid speed. Now we'll get the cars ready for the race and look for both of them to have good runs here."