Vasser continues prep for Indy 500; Miller Lite Team working on race set-up. SPEEDWAY, IN . . . Miller Lite driver Jimmy Vasser and the Rahal/Letterman Racing team continued to prepare the ...
Vasser continues prep for Indy 500; Miller Lite Team working on race set-up.
SPEEDWAY, IN . . . Miller Lite driver Jimmy Vasser and the Rahal/Letterman Racing team continued to prepare the #19 Dallara/Chevrolet for the Indianapolis 500. Vasser logged 50 laps on Thursday working around two rain delays that forced the track to be yellow flagged for over two-hours.
Vasser and his team were focused on perfecting the handling of the car in traffic and with a full fuel tank. After spending the first week focused on finding speed in anticipation of Pole Day, the team has shifted focus to perfecting the car for optimal performance under race conditions in the 86th running of the Indy 500.
The day didn't see a single car surpass the qualifying speed of Vasser posted last weekend. Greg Ray was quickest on the day with a lap of 227.291 mph and pole winner Bruno Junqueira was second quick at 226.598 mph. Junqueira hit the wall earlier in the day and sustained damage to the left side of his pole winning car. He completed the day and posted the second fast lap in the back-up car of his teammate Kenny Brack.
Practice will resume on Friday for the May 26th Indy 500.
Jimmy Vasser (#19 Miller Lite- Dallara/Chevrolet on Firestone tires) -"We made several changes with the car today and I'm pleased with the things that we tested. With the weather the way it is, we didn't know how much information we could gather today. But it was very productive and I hope we can get in a few more laps in the next few days. We won't run a lot since you can run through your tires and engines pretty quickly. Plus it looks like the conditions are going to change a lot over the weekend. With cooler weather, I'm not sure you will learn a lot for the race. It's predicted to be in the mid to high 70s next week but only in the 50s this weekend. So what would we learn by pounding around the track this weekend? Not too much."