Tony Kanaan and the ...
Tony Kanaan and the #17 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force picked up some more speed in today's rain-delayed practice session for the 86th Indianapolis 500, cracking the 225-mph barrier for the first time this week. He made his way around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in 225.529 mph on his best lap of the day, the 16th-fastest lap overall among the 37 cars that took to the track. He completed 51 laps in all during a session that started more than three hours late. It was the second day in a row that rain cut short the traditional seven hours of practice time.
Kanaan's teammate Felipe Giaffone and the #21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force did not make it out onto the track today as his crew spent the day preparing his back-up car for practice on Wednesday. Giaffone on Monday had the third-fastest lap of the day at 225.930 mph in his primary car.
Frenchman Laurent Redon was fastest overall today with a lap of 229.808 mph, the best lap of the opening three days of practice here. Bruno Junqueira was second fastest at 228.566 mph, followed by Scott Sharp at 228.135 mph. Pole Day qualifying is set for Saturday.
"We're chipping away at it. I guess that's the way it goes here. We picked up a mile-an-hour over our fast time on Sunday, and we moved up another spot on the timesheet from yesterday (Monday's 17th). Just when we trimmed out the car to make a speed run at the end of the day, the big crash (by P.J. Jones) forced everyone to stop early. We keep trying a lot of different things because we obviously feel we'll be running up front when we find the right combination. But every day is different. No two seem to be the same. So that's where experience at the Speedway comes into play. Thank goodness we have a few days left before qualifying. More time to learn, more time to gain speed."