IRL: Indy500: Rain makes day five short on practice time

by motorsport.com staff Indianapolis, IN (May 17, 2000) - Intermittent showers shortened the fifth day of practice for the 84th running of the Indianapolis 500 today. Although many drivers never made it on track today, the fifth different...

by motorsport.com staff

Indianapolis, IN (May 17, 2000) - Intermittent showers shortened the fifth day of practice for the 84th running of the Indianapolis 500 today. Although many drivers never made it on track today, the fifth different driver topped the speed charts in as many days.

Juan Montoya turned in the day's fastest lap with a speed of 221.566 mph.

Buddy Lazier, who was only one one-hundredth of a second slower than Montoya, echoed other drivers regarding track time. "We had a feeling the rain was coming. Ron Dawes, my engineer, said I'd only have about 10 minutes on the track. We ran four or five laps at speed. We had the new practice motor, and it ran really good."

Scott Sharp topped the speed charts yesterday after turning in the fastest lap of the event, at 223.936. Sharp's best lap today, recorded at 220.886 mph, was good enough for third place on the chart. "Luckily, the Delphi car has gained a lot of ground the last two days. If we do get rained out, I don't think it's going to have any effect on us. We're in a good position. We're pretty well dialed in."

Sharp's teammate, Mark Dismore was fourth fastest today with a lap at 220.395 mph. "The rain is going to make for some catch-up the next two days, said Dismore, who only recorded 17 laps today. "We're a little behind on our qualifying setup. Next two days will be total focus on the qualifying setup."

Minutes after the announcement was made that the track would reopen at 4:00 p.m., rain began to fall again, forcing track officials to end on track activities for the day.

Only seventeen drivers took to the track today, completing 217 laps. Jack Miller was the only driver to record more than 20 laps today.

Notes: Sarah Fisher, Eddie Cheever, Robbie Buhl and Scott Goodyear flew to New York City this morning to meet with ABC TV executives and their affiliates. Rain had started to fall at the Speedway, halting practice, by the time they returned.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Eddie Cheever , Robbie Buhl , Buddy Lazier , Scott Sharp , Mark Dismore , Scott Goodyear