IRL: Indy 500: Practice day five report

Kanaan closes in on 230 to lead practice at Indianapolis. INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 9, 2002 -- Rookie Tony Kanaan led practice for the 86th Indianapolis 500 on May 9 by turning a fast lap of 39.2152 seconds, 229.503 mph during the final 10 ...

Kanaan closes in on 230 to lead practice at Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 9, 2002 -- Rookie Tony Kanaan led practice for the 86th Indianapolis 500 on May 9 by turning a fast lap of 39.2152 seconds, 229.503 mph during the final 10 minutes of the session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Kanaan's lap in the No. 17 Hollwyood Mo Nunn Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone was the second fastest of the month, trailing only the 39.1631, 229.808 recorded by fellow rookie Laurent Redon on Tuesday in the No. 34 Mi-Jack Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone.

"I wasn't comfortable at all until today to run in traffic," Kanaan said. "I didn't have any confidence in my car. I didn't have any confidence in myself. It's a new place for me, so today I felt much better.

"Every day it's getting better and more comfortable. The race pace is going to be a lot slower, and that actually is going to make us feel better."

1999 Indianapolis 500 winner Kenny Brack was second today at 39.2970, 229.025 in the No. 22 Target Chip Ganassi Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone. 2001 Indy winner Helio Castroneves was third at 39.3467, 228.736 in the No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone.

This was the fastest day of the month, as six drivers exceeded 228 mph. The previous high was three, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Three of the six drivers above 228 today were members of Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Besides Brack in second, 1997 Bank One Rookie of the Year Jeff Ward was fourth fastest at 39.3751, 228.571 in the No. 22T Target Chip Ganassi Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone, Brack's backup car. Bruno Junqueira rounded out the top five at 39.3856, 228.510 in the No. 33 Target Chip Ganassi Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone.

Veteran Mark Dismore suffered a concussion and was transported via ground to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for further examination after crashing in Turn 1 at 5:24 p.m. Dismore was awake, alert and stable after the accident in the No. 20 Grill 2 Go Sam Schmidt Motorsports Indy Car Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone.

The start of practice was delayed for the fourth consecutive day by wet track conditions. Today's practice started at 12:30 p.m. (EST) after a delay of 90 minutes.

This was the busiest day of practice so far, with 33 drivers in 40 cars turning 1,446 laps.

Practice resumes at 11 a.m. (EST) Friday. Pole Day qualifications start at 11 a.m. (EST) Saturday. The 86th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for 11 a.m. (EST) Sunday, May 26.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jeff Ward , Mark Dismore , Helio Castroneves , Bruno Junqueira , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Laurent Redon , Sam Schmidt , Chip Ganassi , Mo Nunn
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing