OPENING WEEK AT INDY NOT JUST ABOUT SPEED - Mention theopening week of practice for the Indianapolis 500 and the first thing that comes to mind is preparation for Indy Pole Day and pure speed. And while speed was always in the forefront...
OPENING WEEK AT INDY NOT JUST ABOUT SPEED
- Mention theopening week of practice for the Indianapolis 500 and the first thing that comes to mind is preparation for Indy Pole Day and pure speed. And while speed was always in the forefront last week as a Toyota engine powered Sam Hornish Jr. to the middle of the front row, reliability was never compromised as Toyota-powered drivers ran 2,578 laps trouble-free laps in practice during the first week. That's 6,445 miles without an engine failure -- all at a time when speed was at a premium.
- Speedway veteran Jimmy Kite was named as the replacement today for the injured Paul Dana in the #91 Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing Toyota.
- Toyota-powered teams logged more than 1,071 laps today as the second week began and teams began sorting out race set-ups. All 13 Toyota-powered drivers took part today, including eight drivers who have yet to qualify for this year's 89th running of the Indianapolis 500. Helio Castroneves, Patrick Carpentier and Alex Barron each registered more than 100 laps on-track today with Carpentier running more than 300 miles as he prepares for his first '500'. Castroneves turned the fastest lap by a Toyota at just under 226 mph.
Sam Hornish Jr. (Marlboro Toyota), Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota), Scott Dixon (Target Toyota), Darren Manning (Target Toyota) and Alex Barron (Red Bull Toyota) all qualified on the first weekend of qualifying.
- Those yet to qualify include Jaques Lazier (Playa Del Racing Toyota), Ryan Briscoe (Target Pioneer Toyota), who registered the fastest time today among those Toyota drivers not yet qualified with a lap of more than 222.4 mph, Patrick Carpentier (Red Bull Toyota), A.J. Foyt IV (ABC Supply Toyota), Larry Foyt (A.J. Foyt Racing Toyota), Jimmy Kite (Ethanol Toyota), Ed Carpenter (Vision Racing Toyota) and Jeff Ward (Vision Racing Toyota).