IRL: Indy 500: Practice day three report

Rookie Redon records top speed of month with 229-mph lap. INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, May 7, 2002 -- Rookie Laurent Redon turned the fastest speed of the month during practice May 7 for the 86th Indianapolis 500, ripping off a fast lap of 39.1631 ...

Rookie Redon records top speed of month with 229-mph lap.

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, May 7, 2002 -- Rookie Laurent Redon turned the fastest speed of the month during practice May 7 for the 86th Indianapolis 500, ripping off a fast lap of 39.1631 seconds, 229.808 mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Redon's best lap in the No. 34 Mi-Jack Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone came during the final hour of practice, which ended 20 minutes early due to a crash by rookie PJ Jones in Turn 1. Redon's previous fastest lap of the event was 39.7972, 226.147 on Monday.

"It was great," Redon said of his fast lap today. "I think we have to keep working. We had a little tow, but I'm pretty sure we are close to the best we can do. The team has worked so hard, and I'd really like to thank the Mi-Jack/Conquest team for all of their efforts.

"Right now I am at 95 percent, and I don't want to be at 100 percent before qualifying. I don't know if I can go faster, but I'll try. I'm sure we have to be faster to be on the pole, so it's something we have to work on."

The previous best lap of the event was 39.5481, 227.571 by Scott Sharp on Sunday. But four drivers -- Redon, Bruno Junqueira, Sharp and defending race champion Helio Castroneves -- topped that lap today.

And Redon, from Chamond, France, recorded the dominant lap among that foursome. Junqueira was second fastest at 39.3759, 228.566 in the No. 33 Target Chip Ganassi G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone, nearly 1.3 mph slower than Redon.

2001 MBNA Pole winner Sharp was third at 39.4503, 228.135 in the No. 8 Delphi Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, with Castroneves fourth at 39.5367, 227.637 in the No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone.

Jones spun in Turn 1 at 5:40 p.m. (EST) and made contact with the rear of the car with the outside SAFER barrier. The No. 2 Menards/Johns Manville Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone then slid to the inside of the track, crossed the warm-up lane and hit the inside guardrail with the left side of the car. Jones stepped from the car with assistance. He was awake and alert when transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for precautionary X-rays.

The start of practice was delayed by rain for the second consecutive day. Practice started at 2:08 p.m. (EST), after a delay of three hours and eight minutes.

Despite the late start, this was the busiest day of practice so far, with 32 drivers in 36 cars combining to turn 1,134 laps. Former Formula One winner

Johnny Herbert turned his first official practice laps at the Speedway, topping out at 41.1068, 218.942 in the No. 32 WESTERN UNION/Duesenberg Brothers Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone.

Practice resumes at 11 a.m. (EST) Wednesday. 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 Johnny Herbert , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Bruno Junqueira , Laurent Redon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Team Penske