IRL: Indy500: Bradley Motorsports gains spots in field

INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, May 20, 2001- Due to the unique Indianapolis 500 method of qualifying cars based on speed and day of the qualifying run, the Bradley Food Marts/ Sav-O-Mat ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, May 20, 2001- Due to the unique Indianapolis 500 method of qualifying cars based on speed and day of the qualifying run, the Bradley Food Marts/ Sav-O-Mat #12 gained several positions on the starting grid for the May 27th start of the race. Following the 'bumping' (or replacement) of several cars, Buzz Calkins will start his sixth Indy 500 in 24th position, the outside of row eight, with a four-lap average of 222.467 mph. That is good for an increase of five positions following last weekend's starting spot in the middle of the tenth row.

The Bradley Food Marts/ Sav-O-Mat Dallara made a brief return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) oval today to practice in warm and slightly humid conditions. Calkins, of Denver, turned a quick lap speed of 216.863 mph in the practice that lasted 34 laps. The goal of the day was to get additional experience with yet another set of weather conditions. The additional information garnered today will play into the hands of David Cripps, Bradley Motorsports team manager/ engineer, as he sets-up the #12 Bradley car for race day.

The week has provided valuable information as each day brought different weather conditions to the Indiana oval. Therefore, Cripps has a notebook full of information he can draw from to tune the Bradley Food Marts/ Sav-O-Mat car when Calkins pulls down to take the green flag for the 85th Running of the Indianapolis 500 a week from today. The differing conditions are a blessing at a track like IMS which can change completely due to the weather and, with no idea of what the weather will be like a week away, all the information available helps the team prepare for race day.

Bradley Motorsports will have one more day prior to the race to fine-tune the #12 car. Thursday, May 24th is "Carb Day" at the IMS and will be the last two hours of practice before the cars turn the first of three pace laps on race morning. That practice will run between 11 a.m. and I p.m. (CST) followed by the Coors Pit Stop Contest at 1:30 p.m. The Todd Tapply-led Bradley Motorsports' crew will pit themselves against the other leading pit crew's in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series by benefit of having the smallest elapsed pit stop time at the Miami Grand Prix in March.

David Cripps, team manager/ engineer (about the day's practice) "We're feeling pretty good. Like most all race cars you can keep trying new things forever but, the Bradley Food Marts/ Sav-Mat car is ready. It was a pretty good day and we accomplished most everything we wanted to. We need to help it some in traffic, which is always difficult here. This is a really good car on fuel and tires. We'll go back out on Carb Day and fine-tune a little but, overall, we are ready."

-Bradley-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buzz Calkins