IRL: Indy 500: Luyendyk again at 226 test at IMS

Luyendyk again reaches 226; B. Lazier, Herbert, Redon test at Indy. INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 24, 2002 -- Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk was the fastest driver during testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second...

Luyendyk again reaches 226; B. Lazier, Herbert, Redon test at Indy.

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 24, 2002 -- Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk was the fastest driver during testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second consecutive day, turning a top lap of 226.675 mph April 24.

Luyendyk, who won the race in 1990 and 1997, led Tuesday at 226.985 in his No. 5 Meijer G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone.

Indy Racing League rookie Laurent Redon was second fastest among the three drivers reporting speeds with a top lap of 224.206 in the No. 34 Mi-Jack Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone.

Redon also turned 64 laps, his first private test since the Rookie Orientation Program on April 13. During the rookie program, the team experienced engine problems, and Redon completed only three of the four speed phases of the test. He will finish the test when practice for the 86th Indianapolis 500 opens May 5.

"We tried to know exactly what the Speedway is and tried to have some data about it," said Redon, a native of Chamond, France. "Right now, everything is going well. We know we have to work hard. For qualifying, we know we will have a lot of competitive cars, and it will be very difficult to qualify."

Three-time Formula One grand prix winner Johnny Herbert also tested for the second consecutive day on the 2.5-mile oval. Herbert topped out at 221.300 in the No. 32 Western Union/Duesenberg Brothers Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone. He completed 46 laps.

1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier tested Wednesday, with no speeds available from the team.

"The racetrack's in beautiful shape," Lazier said. "I was just commenting to the guys that every time we come back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- there's just nothing like it in the existence of motor racing. It's just the most awesome, awesome racing facility and awesome racetrack the world's ever known.

Lazier turned 64 laps in his No. 91 Coors Light/Life Fitness/Tae-Bo/Delta Faucet Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone. The 160 miles were his first on the Speedway's new "diamond-ground" surface designed to smooth the racetrack.

"The new surface is a wonderful improvement in that it's smooth and it has a lot of grip," Lazier said. "It should allow us to race even harder, and I think it's just all pluses."

The four drivers combined for 204 laps and 510 miles on the day.

The 86th running of the Indianapolis 500 takes place at 11 a.m. (EST) May 26. The race will be broadcast live on ABC.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Buddy Lazier , Arie Luyendyk , Laurent Redon