IRL: Indy 500: Sam Schmidt Motorsports day nine report

INDIANAPOLIS -- Richie Hearn joined other drivers who have already qualified for the Indianapolis 500 in beginning race preparations when practice resumed Wednesday. Hearn did 86 laps in the Meijer/Coca-Cola Panoz-Chevrolet with a best lap...

INDIANAPOLIS -- Richie Hearn joined other drivers who have already qualified for the Indianapolis 500 in beginning race preparations when practice resumed Wednesday. Hearn did 86 laps in the Meijer/Coca-Cola Panoz-Chevrolet with a best lap of 223.498 mph.

"The most important thing for the race is to get the car working good in traffic," Hearn said. "That's what we were working on today. The Meijer car is good by itself but we need to keep working to get it handling good in traffic. We made progress today and that's the most important thing."

Practice continues Thursday and qualifying resumes next Saturday and Sunday. Hearn has already qualified the Meijer/Coca-Cola Special in 20th position. The 89th Indy 500 is Sunday, May 29.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Richie Hearn , Sam Schmidt