INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (May 23, 2002)--- The Motorola/Archipelago crew put the finishing touches on their ...
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (May 23, 2002)--- The Motorola/Archipelago crew put the finishing touches on their #39 Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone race car this morning in the final practice before Sunday's running of the 86th Indianapolis 500. "The car felt really good today," said Andretti after he completed his final practice. "The track was a little slippery, but we were able to run some solid final laps and we've certainly got a comfortable car for the race." Andretti was sixth quickest today and turned a total of 22 laps in the two-hour final practice with a top speed of 224.532 mph (40.0834 seconds).
Sunday will be Michael's 13th start in the Indianapolis 500 and he is hoping that he can change one statistic this year in his Indianapolis 500 record book. "Right now I hold the record for most laps led at Indy without a victory," Andretti explained. "And this year, that is one record I'd like to erase. Hopefully on Sunday we can change that fact and put a new line in the record books."
General manager Kim Green was pleased with their final run before the race. "Carburetion day went as planned," he said. "We made sure everything on the Motorola/Archipelago car was ok and did one or two hard runs as a final check. I think overall we're in a very solid position for the Indy 500." The team will now spend Friday and Saturday doing final systems checks on the race car in preparation for an 11:00 a.m. CST start on Sunday, May 26. The race will be shown live on ABC TV.
Michael Andretti -- #39 Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone
"The car was really good this morning. Although the track was a little slippery, I think we have a very comfortable race car for Sunday. We tried to keep the miles low on the race engine so we didn't do much running this morning. I don't think our starting position is a big concern for us. The biggest thing about Indy is getting in the field. Once you are in the race, it's 500 miles and a lot can happen in 500 miles. On the race strategy side, we're going to have to do a little bit of it on the fly because there are so many things that can happen during the race. We have to be able to react to whatever situation it is and I know the Motorola/Archipelago team is really good at that. So the main thing about the Indy 500 is to be there at the end."
Carburetion DayMay 23, 2002
Speed 224.532 mph
Time 40.0834 seconds
Kim Green General Manager
"I think Carburetion Day went as planned for the Motorola/Archipelago team. We were making sure everything was ok on our race car by doing one or two hard runs and checking the downforce levels and then scrubbing our tires. Sunday is going to be all about staying out of trouble the first few laps and providing the race car is good, moving through the field on the track and in our pit stops. I feel very confident we can be a contender. If we can get to the end and have a chance, I know that Michael is as good as anyone at getting us to victory circle."
EVENT DAILY NOTES
Motorola/Archipelago technical partners Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy both completed their final practices before the Indy 500. Tracy was 15th on the day at a speed of 223.561 mph (40.2574 seconds) while Franchitti was 21st with a speed of 222.320 mph (40.4822 seconds).
The top three in today's practice were Tony Kanaan at 225.752 mph (39.8667 seconds), Sam Hornish Jr. at 225.279 mph (39.9504 seconds) and Greg Ray rounded out the top three at 224.975 mph (40.0045 seconds).