IRL: Indy500: Greg Ray remains quickest in practice

On the fifth day of practice for the Indianapolis 500, Skip Barber trained Greg Ray didn’t let up. The 1999 IRL Champion paced the time charts for the third time this week as MBNA Pole Day approaches Saturday. Ray got around the 2.5-mile oval...

On the fifth day of practice for the Indianapolis 500, Skip Barber trained Greg Ray didn’t let up. The 1999 IRL Champion paced the time charts for the third time this week as MBNA Pole Day approaches Saturday.

Ray got around the 2.5-mile oval in 40.0815 seconds for a speed of 224.542mph while driving his No. 2T Johns Manville/Menards Dallara/Aurora, posting a time that was better than the one that left him third on yesterday’s charts and served as his best of the month.

"I was very pleased because it was 117 or 120 degrees track temperature, and it was quite windy," said Ray. "It felt muggy. I thought I could run a couple more in that speed range. We were happy with our T car, we think our primary car might be better, but I'm not happy with it. The balance isn't there yet. With 25 cars on the racetrack, nothing is right. You can post a big number with the tow, but it doesn't mean much for qualifying."

Ray ran less than 20 laps on the day and stayed atop the list of testers as the last 30 minutes of Thursday’s session was plagued by caution flags that kept many teams from coming out and making the late speed runs that punctuated the end of Wednesday’s outing.

- Andrew Torres

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Skip Barber