IRL: Indy 500: Toyota Opening Day summary

Toyotas 1-2 At Indy 500 Opening Day - The Toyota-powered cars of Scott Dixon (Target Toyota) and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) topped the speed charts on the opening day of practice for the 2004 ...

Toyotas 1-2 At Indy 500 Opening Day

- The Toyota-powered cars of Scott Dixon (Target Toyota) and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) topped the speed charts on the opening day of practice for the 2004 Indianapolis 500.

- Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves were the only drivers to go over the 219 miles-per-hour mark on the day. The two Toyota-powered drivers were more than a mile an hour faster than the next highest driver. Dixon is the reigning IndyCar Series champion, while Castroneves is looking to become the first driver in history to win three Indianapolis 500s in four years.

- In addition to the top two, Indianapolis 500 rookie Darren Manning also placed in the top-10 overall today with a 10th. Manning comes into Indy with three consecutive top-six finishes, including a fourth at the most recent race at Motegi, Japan.

- Two-time IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish (Marlboro Toyota) sat out today's opening day practice due to illness. Hornish registered the fastest time on each day of the two-day Indy Open Test held last week.

Quotes:

Scott Dixon, #1 Target Toyota: "We were just getting up to speed today. I was surprised at how much grip we had today compared to the open test. Toyota has made some great gains in the engine and we expect even more to come. I still think we'll hit 224 or 225 (in qualifying). The track should continue to get faster and I'd expect all the manufacturers to make some gains. The IRL has done a terrific job with the amount of downforce they've taken away."

Helio Castroneves, "#3 Marlboro Toyota: "We started the way we left the open test (Penske drivers were 1-2 during the test). It's just a little hotter compared to the test. We need to keep focused as we get closer to qualifying. The Toyota guys are working hard to fix all the little things with the new engine. On Friday, we'll see what has worked all week and then we'll start to trim it out. You need to make your move at the right time."

Toyota Drivers Opening Day
1. #1 Scott Dixon
2. #3 Helio Castroneves
10. #10 Darren Manning
12. #1T Scott Dixon
16. #3T Helio Castroneves
17. #8 Scott Sharp
18. #39 Sarah Fisher
26. #12T Tora Takagi
28. #12 Tora Takagi
29. #25 Marty Roth
30. #10T Darren Manning
33. #14 A.J. Foyt IV

Practice continues Monday, May 10 at 12 noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT

-toyota motorsports-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Sarah Fisher , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , A.J. Foyt IV , Scott Dixon , Tora Takagi , Marty Roth , Sam Hornis