Indianapolis, IN: The Treadway Racing stable of drivers turned their last laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today in preparation for the upcoming Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 28. Carburetion Day or "Carb Day" as it is known, is the...
Indianapolis, IN: The Treadway Racing stable of drivers turned their last laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today in preparation for the upcoming Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 28. Carburetion Day or "Carb Day" as it is known, is the final day that the teams and drivers qualified for the big show are allowed to run their engines and check their raceday set-ups in preparation for the race.
Raul Boesel, in the #55 Epson entry set the pace for the Treadway team as he wrapped up his day fourth on the speed charts with a top speed of 217.303 on full tanks. "The practice was pretty good," stated the Brazilian native. We're just shaking down the car and made a few runs with full tanks. Today was our first day on full tanks, but we didn't make too many setup changes because we think the weather may change on Sunday."
Not too far behind Boesel was the driver of the #5 Meijer/Mall.com/ Energizer entry-Robby McGehee. A solid run, 26 year-old McGehee settled into seventh with a top speed of 215.117 for the day. "We had a good day today," said last year's Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year. "We just did a verification and didn't use the equipment too much. In fact, the car is great."
The #50 UnitedAuto Group Special of Jason Leffler's was put through its paces by fellow Northern Light Series driver Jimmy Kite, who provided the favor to Leffler, who is currently practicing in his full-time ride with Joe Gibbs in the Busch series at the Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kite simply shook down the car and allowed the team to do a series of leak checks to ascertain if it was race-ready. "Jason is a good buddy, and since his is in Charlotte with his BGN deal, we are doing these guys (the #50 crew) a favor," said Kite, who was chosen due to his similarity in size to Leffler. "I never pushed it today, and didn't get over 208 mph. We were mostly leak checking and I never got fast enough to really feel the setup."
Leffler, well known as a driver who will race the wheels off of anything, will be doing double duty this weekend, running the Car Quest Auto Parts 300 on Saturday and honoring his full-time commitment to Joe Gibbs Racing and the NASCAR Busch Series. He will return to Indianapolis Saturday evening to prepare for the Indianapolis 500 on the following day. This is the first time a Busch Series driver will attempt both races in the same weekend.
To add to the Carb Day excitement, the Treadway Racing crew with Robby McGehee behind the wheel nearly swept the Coors Pit Stop Challenge, but were assessed a three-second penalty in the championship round because a tire rolled out of the pit box-a Challenge rules violation. The team completed a faster stop than all of the competitors (including champions Panther Racing) and boasted three solid pit stops under 10 seconds to make it to the final round.