IRL: Indy 500 Priactice 98-05-13

BOAT SAILS AT INDY WITH TOP SPEED IN PRACTICE INDIANAPOLIS, May 13, 1998 - Billy Boat recorded the fastest and third-fastest speeds in different cars during practice for the 82nd Indianapolis 500, topping out at 221.691 mph in the ...

BOAT SAILS AT INDY WITH TOP SPEED IN PRACTICE

INDIANAPOLIS, May 13, 1998 - Billy Boat recorded the fastest and third-fastest speeds in different cars during practice for the 82nd Indianapolis 500, topping out at 221.691 mph in the Conseco Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear owned by four-time Indy winner A.J. Foyt.

Boat posted the fastest speed in his backup car while midday temperatures approached 85 degrees. His best speed in his primary car was 220.751, also turned in warm conditions less than two hours after his fastest speed.

"The thing that helped me the most today was talking to A.J. last night about the different lines that you can take around this track," Boat said. "With all of the cars that have run this month, there's a lot more rubber down and a lot more grooves.

"I was having trouble finding the right lines. That's the benefit of having a four-time winner as your team owner. He's not shy about telling you what you do wrong."

Said Foyt: "Our goal is to try to qualify as well as possible and also to win the race. That's the reason we've been doing all of this running in the middle of the day at race time."

Pole Day is May 16 and Bump Day May 17 in the new, shortened qualifying format. The Indianapolis 500 is May 24.

Scott Sharp was second fastest at 221.517 mph in the Delphi Automotive Systems Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear. Defending race champion Arie Luyendyk was fourth fastest at 220.464 in the Sprint PCS-Radio Shack-Qualcomm G Force/Aurora/Firestone. Sharp and Luyendyk both posted their best speeds during the last 25 minutes of practice in cooler, late afternoon conditions.

Tony Stewart, fastest Monday and Tuesday, didn't practice as his team spent the day fine-tuning the engines for his Glidden-Menards Special Dallara/Aurora/Firestone.

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford was honored as part of the Speedway's Parade of Champions. Four-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Sr. will be honored Thursday.

Practice continues at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Daily Practice Report 5/13/98 (18:00) Race Starts at 11AM Central S E S S I O N E V E N T SR Car Driver C/E/T Laps Time Speed When Laps Time Speed Date 1 11T Boat, Billy D/A/G 12 40.597 221.691 12:41 53 40.539 222.008 5/11/98 2 8T Sharp, Scott D/A/G 43 40.629 221.517 17:54 51 40.629 221.517 5/13/98 3 11 Boat, Billy D/A/G 17 40.770 220.751 14:36 45 40.770 220.751 5/13/98 4 5T Luyendyk, Arie G/A/F 66 40.823 220.464 17:34 176 40.823 220.464 5/13/98 5 14T Brack, Kenny D/A/G 26 40.884 220.135 14:46 41 40.615 221.593 5/12/98 6 97 Ray, Greg D/A/F 30 40.995 219.539 14:36 59 40.918 219.952 5/12/98 7 28T Dismore, Mark D/A/G 8 41.040 219.298 17:34 53 41.040 219.298 5/13/98 8 3 Buhl, Robbie D/A/F 44 41.145 218.739 17:53 145 40.838 220.383 5/11/98 9 15 Salazar, Eliseo R/A/G 36 41.266 218.097 17:54 36 41.266 218.097 5/13/98 10 16 Greco, Marco G/A/F 27 41.275 218.050 12:21 173 41.275 218.050 5/13/98 11 43 Goodyear, Scott G/A/G 44 41.320 217.812 17:38 44 41.320 217.812 5/13/98 12 10 Groff, Mike G/A/F 63 41.430 217.234 17:22 100 41.430 217.234 5/13/98 13 6 Hamilton, Davey G/A/G 44 41.446 217.150 17:55 184 41.342 217.696 5/11/98 14 99 Schmidt, Sam D/A/F 47 41.457 217.092 17:43 115 40.616 221.588 5/11/98 15 53 Guthrie, Jim G/A/G 43 41.517 216.779 13:29 87 41.106 218.946 5/11/98 16 30 Boesel, Raul G/A/G 35 41.660 216.035 17:41 142 41.564 216.534 5/11/98 17 91T Lazier, Buddy D/A/G 20 41.694 215.858 11:47 46 41.694 215.858 5/13/98 18 33 Roe, Billy D/A/G 39 41.835 215.131 17:25 77 41.835 215.131 5/13/98 19 21 Guerrero, Roberto D/A/G 65 41.850 215.054 16:50 214 41.152 218.701 5/11/98 20 7T Kite, Jimmy D/A/G 67 41.914 214.725 17:43 137 41.140 218.765 5/10/98 21 35 Ward, Jeff G/A/G 33 41.918 214.705 17:35 75 41.918 214.705 5/13/98 22 77 Gregoire, Stephan G/A/G 26 41.964 214.470 14:22 128 41.405 217.365 5/11/98 23 52 Unser, Robb1e D/A/G 20 41.984 214.367 11:40 132 41.629 216.195 5/12/98 24 66 Harrington, Scott D/A/F 55 42.013 214.219 16:53 85 42.013 214.219 5/13/98 25 17 Michner, Andy D/A/G 29 42.072 213.919 17:09 69 42.072 213.919 5/13/98 26 12 Calkins, Buzz G/A/G 12 42.100 213.777 13:42 82 41.637 216.154 5/11/98 27 91T Unser, Johnny D/A/G 27 42.323 212.650 17:11 27 42.323 212.650 5/13/98 28 98 Beechler, Donnie G/A/F 18 42.334 212.595 17:39 154 41.873 214.936 5/12/98 29 12T Calkins, Buzz G/A/G 17 42.535 211.590 17:24 96 42.399 212.269 5/11/98 30 27 Bourbonnais, Claude D/A/F 53 42.558 211.476 17:56 83 42.558 211.476 5/13/98 31 20 Carlson, Tyce D/A/G 20 42.693 210.807 17:22 57 42.091 213.822 5/11/98 32 90 St James, Lyn G/I/G 49 42.748 210.536 17:26 92 42.748 210.536 5/13/98 33 19 Wattles, Stan R/A/G 24 42.797 210.295 12:27 142 42.387 212.329 5/11/98 34 18 Hewitt, Jack G/A/G 24 43.624 206.308 17:43 51 43.624 206.308 5/13/98 35 23 Durant, Paul G/A/G 11 49.469 181.932 11:45 31 49.469 181.932 5/13/98 36 1 Stewart, Tony D/A/F 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 54 40.232 223.703 5/11/98 37 8 Sharp, Scott D/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 89 40.521 222.107 5/11/98 38 14 Brack, Kenny D/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 20 40.526 222.080 5/11/98 39 51 Cheever Jr, Eddie D/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 102 40.748 220.870 5/11/98 40 4 Goodyear, Scott G/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 160 40.797 220.604 5/11/98 41 28 Dismore, Mark D/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 17 41.075 219.111 5/11/98 42 28 Dismore, Mark D/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 108 41.105 218.951 5/12/98 43 35T Ward, Jeff G/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 58 41.144 218.744 5/12/98 44 1T Stewart, Tony G/A/F 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 60 41.216 218.362 5/12/98 45 15T Salazar, Eliseo R/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 108 41.351 217.649 5/11/98 46 35T Knapp, Steve G/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 53 41.508 216.826 5/11/98 47 44 Yeley, J. J. D/A/F 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 137 41.538 216.669 5/11/98 48 24 Drinan, Dan D/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 83 41.587 216.414 5/12/98 49 6T Hamilton, Davey G/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 10 41.699 215.833 5/11/98 50 81 Ongais, Danny D/A/F 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 28 41.707 215.791 5/11/98 51 91 Lazier, Buddy D/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 35 41.784 215.393 5/11/98 52 3T Buhl, Robbie G/A/F 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 18 41.793 215.347 5/12/98 53 21T Guerrero, Roberto D/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 37 41.812 215.249 5/12/98 54 5 Luyendyk, Arie G/A/F 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 26 41.895 214.823 5/11/98 55 40 Miller, Jack D/I/F 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 54 42.002 214.276 5/11/98 56 33T Roe, Billy D/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 46 42.037 214.097 5/12/98 57 10T Groff, Mike G/A/F 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 78 42.422 212.154 5/11/98 58 30T Boesel, Raul G/I/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 10 42.616 211.188 5/10/98 59 32 Buhl, Robbie D/A/F 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 10 43.152 208.565 5/11/98 60 10 Groff, Robbie G/A/F 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 10 44.838 200.723 5/11/98 61 20 Gosek, Joe D/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 25 45.549 197.589 5/12/98

Legend: SR=Speed Rank, C=Chassis, E=Engine, T=Tire Chassis: D=Dallara, G=G Force, R=Riley & Scott Engine: A=Aurora by Oldsmobile, I=Infiniti Indy V8 Tire: F=Firestone, G=Goodyear

Source: IRL

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Scott Sharp , Billy Boat , Al Unser Sr. , A.J. Foyt , Johnny Rutherford