Takagi fastest on day 2 of practice for Indy 500. INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, May 5, 2003) -- Tora Takagi and the ...
Takagi fastest on day 2 of practice for Indy 500.
INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, May 5, 2003) -- Tora Takagi and the #12 Pioneer/Mo Nunn Racing Toyota-powered Panoz G Force became the first and only car to break the 229-mph barrier so far this month during the second day of practice for this year's 87th running of the Indianapolis 500. His teammates Felipe Giaffone and Arie Luyendyk employed alternative set-up plans today that, not surprisingly, dropped them down in the order, but they plan to benefit from the lessons learned by Takagi's Pioneer crew beginning tomorrow.
Takagi turned a lap of 229.0190 mph (39.2980 seconds) just three laps from the end of today's almost six hours of rain-delayed practice to take the top spot away from fellow Toyota driver and first-day practice leader Scott Sharp. Takagi's lap came on his 41st of 44 laps run today. He was third-fastest during Sunday's rain-shortened Opening Day session at 227.884 mph (39.4937 seconds) to lead a Mo Nunn Racing parade of three drivers in the top eight.
Luyenkyk was 16th-fastest today in the #20 Meijer/Mo Nunn Racing Toyota-powered Panoz G Force while Giaffone and the #21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Toyota-powered Panoz G Force was right behind in 17th. Luyendyk's best lap was a 226.3800-mph (39.7561-second) effort on his 34th of 36 practice laps turned today. Giaffone's best lap was a 226.3290-mph (39.7562-second) tour of the historic, 2.5-mile four-cornered Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. Giaffone turned a 227.1-mph lap Sunday that was seventh-fastest on Opening Day while Luyendyk was eighth on Sunday at 226.8 mph.
Practice resumes Tuesday with Pole Day qualifying set for next Saturday. Race day is May 25.
"I was very conservative today. The weather was much hotter today, and the track was slick. When I went out just after noon, my car wasn't so good. It was very slippery because of the track. We made many changes to the car, and when I went back out after 4 o'clock, the car was much, much better. I'm very happy to be the fastest today, but it's only practice. We will have to make many changes to get ready for qualifying this weekend."
"We tested a few things, and now we know what to do. We can go forward with that knowledge. I didn't do any draft laps. A lot of the guys are getting drafts and putting down big numbers. We'll just stay low key and stay out of everybody's way. We'll do laps on our own so we can get a good read on the car."
"We were going in different directions than Tora (Takagi). He was pretty happy with his car, so tomorrow we're going to go in the direction he was going and see if we can improve a little bit. It's been pretty smooth. Today, we tried things that mostly didn't quite work. A few things worked, but most of the things we were planning didn't quite work, but that's why you always try different things." (Do you feel a bit like the team's guinea pig today?): "Sometimes it happens. That's the good thing about having three cars. You can play with different stuff with three drivers and then pick the best for the next day."