Tornado warnings, rain halt qualifying at Indy on Saturday; Teams ready for Sunday. Brack goes 231 in Miller Lite/Pioneer Honda Ddring practice. SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 10, 2003) -- The weather forecasters were right on Saturday when they...
Tornado warnings, rain halt qualifying at Indy on Saturday; Teams ready for Sunday.
Brack goes 231 in Miller Lite/Pioneer Honda Ddring practice.
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 10, 2003) -- The weather forecasters were right on Saturday when they predicted heavy rain for the Indianapolis area.
After some lightning fast speeds in the with morning warm-up, the wild weather that had disrupted the Midwest for the past week hit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with brutal force as teams and fans ran for cover in the late morning. Tornado warnings and heavy downpours washed out Saturday's attempts for the pole position in the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500.
All qualifications were postponed until Sunday with practice set for 10 a.m. and then qualifying begins at 12 noon.
Kenny Brack and his Miller Lite/Pioneer Honda team was able to fine tune their qualifying setup on Saturday morning and posted a fast speed of 231.262 miles per hour. That speed was the sixth fastest in the morning practice runs.
Later in the practice session, veteran Billy Boat spun in turn four and crashed into the pit wall on the front straightaway. While the incident looked spectacular, Boat wasn't seriously injured and was released from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis in the afternoon.
Rookie Scott Dixon recorded the fastest speed of the week with a blistering 233.236 run in the morning warmup followed by Robby Gordon at 232.959, rookie Dan Wheldon at 231.955, Tony Kanaan at 231.951, Gil de Ferran at 231.288 and Brack at 231.262.
KENNY BRACK: "Our car felt pretty good this morning but some of the other guys seem to better than us. I'm not sure we can run for the pole but I think we might have a chance for the front row. It really all depends on the weather and track conditions. Things change so fast here with the weather that you could have a cloud come over the track and cool the racing surface for just a few minutes. That can help you. We'll just have to wait and see. But overall I'm pretty pleased with our setup."
TEAM RAHAL NOTES: Miller Brewing Company's Miller Lite brand was announced as the official beer sponsor for the Indy 500 on May 25 and the Brickyard 400 on Aug. 3. Miller Lite will also sponsor Carb Day on May 22 at the speedway, the final practice day before the Indy 500. On Carb Day, Brack's new band, Kenny Brack and the Subwoofers, will open the concert stage at 3:30 p.m. followed by the rock group, Cracker--..Brack's new Pioneer-sponsored band will make its national debut next Tuesday in Indianapolis at the famed Ike and Jonesey's Bar and will be seen live on three Indy television stations as well as ESPN's RPM Tonight--. Miller Lite Top Fuel dragster driver Larry Dixon, the current NHRA national champion, visited the IMS Saturday and talked to Brack, team owner Bobby Rahal and the Miller Lite/Pioneer team during the rain. Dixon, who won his third race of the year last week in Atlanta, will compete next week in Englishtown, N.J--.