Team Menard focused on race after Indy qualifying. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 11, 2003) -- Team Menard, a three-time pole winner at the Indy 500, didn't run for the pole position today but put Jaques Lazier solidly in the 33-car field with a...
Team Menard focused on race after Indy qualifying.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 11, 2003) -- Team Menard, a three-time pole winner at the Indy 500, didn't run for the pole position today but put Jaques Lazier solidly in the 33-car field with a four-lap average speed of 225.975 mph. Qualifying on the seventh row in 20th position, Team Menard will focus its efforts on a strong run in the grueling 500 mile race on May 25.
"It has been different for everybody at Team Menard this year," Lazier said. "The mindset at Team Menard has always been to go in and win the pole. We knew coming into this month that we did not have the package to win the pole. It has allowed us to spend a lot more time, and a lot more effort on winning the race. John Menard and Team Menard have won several poles here at Indy, but they have never won the race. I am hoping we can do a 180 on that one, and not win the pole but go for the race win."
Lazier's qualifying run consisted of four laps at 224.228, 226.319, 226.723 and 226.648.
"We went out there for the first lap and the car got a little twitchy," Lazier said. "From there on out we got the car working very well. We ran three laps in the mid-226 (mph) range. It wasn't quite enough to get that first lap back, but I am happy with the run anyway. It wasn't quite enough to get us where we wanted to be, but with all things said and done, and given the circumstances last year, I'm ecstatic to be here."
A total of 24 cars qualified for the Indy 500 today, with Helio Castroneves winning the pole position at 231.7250.
The 87th running of the Indianapolis 500 is 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.