IRL: Indy 500: Luyendyk reaches 226 in Indy testing

Two-time winner Luyendyk reaches 226 Mph in Indy testing. Formula One winner Herbert also tests with new team. INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, April 23, 2002 -- Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk turned a lap of 226.873 mph in his No. 5 ...

Two-time winner Luyendyk reaches 226 Mph in Indy testing.
Formula One winner Herbert also tests with new team.

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, April 23, 2002 -- Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk turned a lap of 226.873 mph in his No. 5 Meijer G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone during private testing April 23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Luyendyk, who won in 1990 and 1997 at Indianapolis, completed 61 laps as he continued to prepare for the 86th Indianapolis 500 on May 26. The test took place in nearly ideal conditions with air temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50's, sunny skies and little wind.

"I felt we were going to be quick just because we had such a good test at (Las) Vegas," Luyendyk said. "With the speeds we ran there, I knew we were going to have a good car here. It took awhile to get quite a big push out of the car in the beginning, but once we got it out, we could to 226's (mph) all the time."

Luyendyk tested in early February at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and will be test again Wednesday at Indianapolis. Luyendyk looks to not only win his third Indianapolis 500 but also his fourth MBNA Pole at the Brickyard. He won the pole in 1993, '97 and '99.

"I think if you do a 226.1 (mph) or you do a 226.9 (mph) it could be a difference of like 10-12 spots on the gird within that 1 mph," Luyendyk said. "And that is if you want to. You can also go that route and say, 'OK, I'm going concentrate on race setup and do that most of the time and see where I qualify.' I don't think qualifying is key to success in the race, but it's always nice to start way up front, because it's just a better place to be."

Three-time Formula One grand prix winner Johnny Herbert also turned laps, the first test with his new No. 32 Western Union/Duesenberg Brothers Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone entered by Beck Motorsports. No speeds were available.

"The main thing was just having a good shakedown with the car," Herbert said. "We went through the normal stuff, and that's working OK at the moment. It's good for the team. It's a great little team to work with. It's got a good little rapport with everybody."

Herbert raced in the inaugural SAP United States Grand Prix on the 2.606-mile road circuit in 2000 and also tested an Indy Racing League car last fall on the 2.5-mile oval.

"The only thing that you normally feel as a similarity (in the F1 car) I suppose was coming off the last two turns, which was really Turn 1 backward," Herbert said. "That was really they only time we felt any high speed here. Obviously, we're not traveling near as quick as when you do in an IRL car. It's just very difficult because it's a completely different kind of driving here."

Herbert turned 28 laps Tuesday and will resume testing again Wednesday.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Arie Luyendyk