IRL: Indy 500: Team Menard day five practice report

Team Menard makes breakthrough at Indy. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 7, 2003) -- At the end of the fifth day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 Team Menard's Jaques Lazier was pleased, saying the team made a breakthrough by turning the ...

Team Menard makes breakthrough at Indy.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 7, 2003) -- At the end of the fifth day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 Team Menard's Jaques Lazier was pleased, saying the team made a breakthrough by turning the fastest Chevrolet-powered lap of the month at 39.4044 seconds, 228.4010 mph. Lazier's best speed was 16th fastest of the 33 cars on track today.

"Today was a breakthrough day," Lazier said. "I think we've got everything in place where we can really finetune the chassis. We did our quickest lap, which was the quickest for the Chevy's this month at 228.4 (mph). We did have a little bit of a tow, so it wasn't a true honest speed. Although we did do a mock-up qualifying run at 227 flat. I am comfortable with that. We are close to terminal velocity right now. We can gain a little more time if we can free the car up and be quicker in the corner and maintain a little more rpm."

Pole qualifying for the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for May 10, with the race set for May 25. The race will be televised live on ABC and by the Indy Racing Radio Network. Live timing and scoring of all on-track activity can be found on www.indyracing.com.

One of the founding teams of the IRL IndyCar Series, Team Menard has two championships, 10 wins and an all-time record of 24 pole positions to its credit. Owned by John Menard, the Indianapolis-based team is supported by Menards, Johns Manville, Chevrolet, Menard Engine Group, Dallara, Firestone and Menard Cheever Technologies. For more information visit www.teammenard.com.

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