IRL: Indy 500: Sam Schmidt Motorsports Carb Day report

INDIANAPOLIS -- Richie Hearn completed his Indianapolis 500 race preparation by doing 17 laps in the Meijer/Coca-Cola Panoz-Chevrolet Friday in the final practice session. His best lap was 221.485 mph. "This is the day I really start...

INDIANAPOLIS -- Richie Hearn completed his Indianapolis 500 race preparation by doing 17 laps in the Meijer/Coca-Cola Panoz-Chevrolet Friday in the final practice session. His best lap was 221.485 mph.

"This is the day I really start to feel it all," said Hearn of the Indy 500 atmosphere. "We had the drivers' meeting this morning and then the last practice. You see all the people and crowds and you know the big day is close. It's exciting, but it's also important for me to stay focused. I'll go over everything later today with Tim (Neff, engineer) and then the crew will make the final adjustments to the Meijer car for the start of the race."

The 89th Indy 500 is Sunday. The live telecast is on ABC Sports starting at noon (EDT).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Richie Hearn , Sam Schmidt