IRL: Indy 500: Stewart fastest in practice 98-05-11

STEWART TURNS FASTEST LAP IN HISTORY BY NEW IRL CAR AT SPEEDWAY TO LEAD PRACTICE INDIANAPOLIS, May 11, 1998 - Tony Stewart led all drivers during the second day of practice for the 82nd Indianapolis 500 at 223.703 mph, the fastest lap...

STEWART TURNS FASTEST LAP IN HISTORY BY NEW IRL CAR AT SPEEDWAY TO LEAD PRACTICE

INDIANAPOLIS, May 11, 1998 - Tony Stewart led all drivers during the second day of practice for the 82nd Indianapolis 500 at 223.703 mph, the fastest lap ever at Indianapolis Motor Speedway by a new-formula Pep Boys Indy Racing League car.

Defending league champion Stewart turned the fast lap in his primary Glidden-Menards Special Dallara/Aurora/Firestone at 11:34 a.m., just 34 minutes into the seven-hour practice session. He completed 27 laps of the 2.5-mile oval in his primary car and 28 in his backup.

"Eighty percent of it is motor, 10 percent aerodynamics and 10 percent tires," Stewart said of the jump in speeds.

Stewart had recorded the previous fastest lap by a new-formula IRL car, 223.104 mph, during testing April 20. New-formula IRL cars are powered by normally aspirated engines. Arie Luyendyk recorded the fastest official lap ever at the Speedway, 239.260 mph, during practice May 10, 1996. IRL cars used turbocharged engines that year. The league switched to the new formula in January 1997.

Pole Day is May 16 and Bump Day May 17 in the new, shortened qualifying format. The Indianapolis 500 is May 24. The race is the third of 11 this season in the Pep Boys Indy Racing League.

Scott Sharp was second fastest Monday at 222.107. Kenny Brack and Billy Boat, driving for the legendary A.J. Foyt, were third and fourth, respectively, at 222.080 and 222.008.

Veteran Danny Ongais was admitted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for observation and tests after spinning and hitting the outside wall with the left and left rear of his car while exiting Turn 3. Ongais was unconscious briefly after the accident but is awake, alert and in good condition, said Dr. Henry Bock, Speedway medical director.

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser was honored as part of the Speedway's Parade of Champions. He drove his Rislone Special for two laps around the track as part of his salute. Two-time Indy 500 winner Gordon Johncock will be honored Tuesday and will drive two laps in the STP Oil Treatment Wildcat that he guided to victory in 1982.

Practice continues at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Daily Practice Report 5/11/98 (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 1 Stewart, Tony D/A/F 27 40.232 223.703 11:34 37 40.232 223.703 5/11/98 2 8 Sharp, Scott D/A/G 30 40.521 222.107 11:21 49 40.521 222.107 5/11/98 3 14 Brack, Kenny D/A/G 20 40.526 222.080 16:30 20 40.526 222.080 5/11/98 4 11T Boat, Billy D/A/G 17 40.539 222.008 16:37 17 40.539 222.008 5/11/98 5 99 Schmidt, Sam D/A/F 49 40.616 221.588 14:43 68 40.616 221.588 5/11/98 6 51 Cheever Jr, Eddie D/A/G44 40.748 220.870 17:56 69 40.748 220.870 5/11/98 7 4 Goodyear, Scott G/A/G 74 40.797 220.604 17:47 91 40.797 220.604 5/11/98 8 3 Buhl, Robbie D/A/F 27 40.838 220.383 11:53 61 40.838 220.383 5/11/98 9 28 Dismore, Mark D/A/G 17 41.075 219.111 16:32 17 41.075 219.111 5/11/98 10 28T Dismore, Mark D/A/G 18 41.075 219.111 16:46 18 41.075 219.111 5/11/98 11 53 Guthrie, Jim G/A/G 24 41.106 218.946 12:22 44 41.106 218.946 5/11/98 12 21 Guerrero, Roberto D/A/G70 41.152 218.701 17:42 147 41.152 218.701 5/11/98 13 28 Dismore, Mark D/A/G 42 41.159 218.664 12:01 70 41.159 218.664 5/11/98 14 6 Hamilton, Davey G/A/G 41 41.342 217.696 17:19 85 41.342 217.696 5/11/98 15 15T Salazar, Eliseo R/A/G 58 41.351 217.649 17:16 86 41.351 217.649 5/11/98 16 77 Gregoire, Stephan G/A/G32 41.405 217.365 15:10 64 41.405 217.365 5/11/98 17 35T Knapp, Steve G/A/G 41 41.508 216.826 15:43 48 41.508 216.826 5/11/98 18 44 Yeley, J. J. D/A/F 75 41.538 216.669 17:36 104 41.538 216.669 5/11/98 19 1T Stewart, Tony G/A/F 28 41.539 216.664 14:13 43 41.539 216.664 5/11/98 20 16 Greco, Marco G/A/F 47 41.553 216.591 17:26 99 41.553 216.591 5/11/98 21 30 Boesel, Raul G/A/G 32 41.564 216.534 13:17 53 41.564 216.534 5/11/98 22 12 Calkins, Buzz G/A/G 22 41.637 216.154 17:57 22 41.637 216.154 5/11/98 23 6T Hamilton, Davey G/A/G 10 41.699 215.833 17:57 10 41.699 215.833 5/11/98 24 81 Ongais, Danny D/A/F 17 41.707 215.791 13:45 28 41.707 215.791 5/11/98 25 91 Lazier, Buddy D/A/G 16 41.784 215.393 11:22 35 41.784 215.393 5/11/98 26 8T Sharp, Scott D/A/G 8 41.810 215.260 16:29 8 41.810 215.260 5/11/98 27 52 Unser, Robb1e D/A/G 41 41.826 215.177 17:26 68 41.826 215.177 5/11/98 28 5 Luyendyk, Arie G/A/F 26 41.895 214.823 16:27 26 41.895 214.823 5/11/98 29 33 Roe, Billy D/A/G 33 41.957 214.505 13:20 35 41.957 214.505 5/11/98 30 40 Miller, Jack D/I/F 11 42.002 214.276 13:41 47 42.002 214.276 5/11/98 31 20 Carlson, Tyce D/A/G 34 42.091 213.822 12:53 37 42.091 213.822 5/11/98 32 98 Beechler, Donnie G/A/F 58 42.107 213.741 17:58 89 42.107 213.741 5/11/98 33 35 Ward, Jeff G/A/G 12 42.311 212.711 17:30 12 42.311 212.711 5/11/98 34 19 Wattles, Stan R/A/G 41 42.387 212.329 16:31 75 42.387 212.329 5/11/98 35 12T Calkins, Buzz G/A/G 14 42.399 212.269 13:46 63 42.399 212.269 5/11/98 36 10T Groff, Mike G/A/F 19 42.422 212.154 17:57 60 42.422 212.154 5/11/98 37 32 Buhl, Robbie D/A/F 10 43.152 208.565 15:46 10 43.152 208.565 5/11/98 38 24 Drinan, Dan D/A/G 8 43.797 205.494 13:09 49 42.538 211.576 5/10/98 39 90 St James, Lyn G/I/G 10 44.070 204.221 15:03 15 44.070 204.221 5/11/98 40 10 Groff, Mike G/A/F 10 44.838 200.723 12:35 10 44.838 200.723 5/11/98 41 27 Bourbonnais, ClaudeD/A/F10 45.392 198.273 17:26 10 45.392 198.273 5/11/98 42 66 Harrington, Scott D/A/F9 48.540 185.414 17:56 9 48.540 185.414 5/11/98 43 5T Luyendyk, Arie G/A/F 2 48.956 183.839 11:14 40 41.057 219.207 5/10/98 44 23 Durant, Paul G/A/G 4 68.817 130.782 14:37 5 68.817 130.782 5/11/98 45 7T Kite, Jimmy D/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 41 41.140 218.765 5/10/98 46 35T Ward, Jeff G/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 17 41.872 214.941 5/10/98 47 33T Roe, Billy D/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 25 42.434 212.094 5/10/98 48 3T Buhl, Robbie G/A/F 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 7 42.498 211.775 5/10/98 49 30T Boesel, Raul G/I/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 10 42.616 211.188 5/10/98 50 18 Hewitt, Jack G/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 27 45.441 198.059 5/10/98

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

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Scott Sharp , Arie Luyendyk , Billy Boat , Kenny Brack , Bobby Unser , Danny Ongais , Gordon Johncock , A.J. Foyt