IRL: Indy 500: Treadway Racing rookie tests completed

Treadway and Lazzaro cruise through Indy ROP. Indianapolis (April 13): Rick Treadway and Anthony Lazzaro easily completed their Indianapolis 500 rookie tests today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Treadway completed the 40-lap test in just 58...

Treadway and Lazzaro cruise through Indy ROP.

Indianapolis (April 13): Rick Treadway and Anthony Lazzaro easily completed their Indianapolis 500 rookie tests today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Treadway completed the 40-lap test in just 58 laps and Lazzaro passed in just 67. Treadway in the #55 Airlink Enterprises/Spade Motorsports entry for Treadway-Hubbard Racing had a top speed of 219.1 MPH. Lazzaro driving the #99 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Racing Special reached 219.8 MPH.

"WOW. I'm speechless," said Treadway. "I just don't know what to say right now. What a fantastic feeling. The car felt really good. It certainly helped having run here last October, but you still get butterflies in your stomach the first few laps. I've worked hard to get to this point and now I can't wait for the month of May. I'm looking forward to a good race in Nazareth and then a great month of May in the #55 Airkink Enterprises/Spade Motorsports car for Treadway-Hubbard Racing."

Treadway turned laps at the famed Indianapolis oval last October. This was Lazzaro's first experience in the racecar in Indianapolis.

"This is a dream come true," said Lazzaro. "This track is just awe-inspiring. It's an amazing racetrack that deserves the ultimate respect. The straights are long and the turns are busy. I really have to thank Sam (Schmidt) and BG Products for this opportunity. The car was really good and we just stepped our way through the rookie phases since I didn't have any laps in the racecar around here until this morning. I'm really looking forward to my first month of May in Indy."

Treadway completed 58 total laps before encountering engines troubles and the team decided to park the car for the day. Lazzaro took the opportunity to continue his learning experience and ran a total of 138 laps. Both drivers were running left over 2001 Oldsmobile engines.

The next race is the Firestone Indy 225 from the Nazareth Speedway on April 21,2002.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Rick Treadway , Anthony Lazzaro , Sam Schmidt