Rain Spoils Harrington's Hopes INDIANAPOLIS, May 23 - The Harrington Motorsports crew did everything humanly possible, but unfortunately neither they nor their primary sponsor, CertainTeed Building Products, can...
Rain Spoils Harrington's Hopes
INDIANAPOLIS, May 23 - The Harrington Motorsports crew did everything humanly possible, but unfortunately neither they nor their primary sponsor, CertainTeed Building Products, can control the weather. As Scott Harrington sat buckled into Buzz Calkins' back-up car Sunday afternoon, second in line to go out onto the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a qualifying run, rain began to fall over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The rest of the day's activities were rained out, spoiling Harrington's hopes to make the field for a second Indy 500 start next Sunday. Harrington is currently ninth in overall points in the Pep Boys Indy Racing League and he leads the Sprint PSC Rookie of the Year point standings. On Saturday Harrington suffered electrical problems in his primary Dallara Aurora but still qualified 30th on the provisional grid with an average speed of 219.702 mph. He suspected that might not hold up on "Bump Day" Sunday, and at 1:48 p.m. Mike Groff bumped him from the 33-car field with his run of 220.066 mph. Ten minutes later Robbie Buhl bumped Groff with a qualifying run of 220.115 mph. Since a car only gets to qualify once, the Harringtons had made a deal with Bradley Motorsports on Sunday morning for Harrington to attempt to qualify Calkins' back-up Dallara Aurora if he was bumped. The team worked feverishly to get that car ready for its run, but the rain started to fall as Buhl was completing his run and Harrington was waiting in line to go back out. Unfortunately the wet conditions persisted the rest of the afternoon. "We'll get them next year," Harrington said. "Obviously I'm extremely disappointed. This race means everything to me. But I'm also extremely proud of my crew and my sponsor, CertainTeed. We'll be back. We have the best team out there. My guys did everything they could possibly do. Unfortunately no one can control the weather. "We finished fifth at Phoenix, and now we'll get a head start on our preparation for the race at Texas," he added. That event will be held on Saturday night, June 12, at Texas Motor Speedway. Harrington will officially go down as the second alternate for the 1999 Indy 500, and he still could be in the race if other drivers would have problems on Carburetion Day Thursday.
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