Rain Washes Out Final Day Of Milwaukee Open Test WEST ALLIS, Wis., Thursday, June 17, 2004 -- Steady rain showers canceled the final day of the IRL IndyCarÂ® Series Open Test at The Milwaukee Mile. Track drying delayed the start of the test's...
Rain Washes Out Final Day Of Milwaukee Open Test
WEST ALLIS, Wis., Thursday, June 17, 2004 -- Steady rain showers canceled the final day of the IRL IndyCar® Series Open Test at The Milwaukee Mile.
Track drying delayed the start of the test's second day, and a rain shower shortly before 2 p.m. (EDT) prompted IRL officials to end the test early.
"Being able to come and run here for a day has certainly been beneficial, but we would have liked to run today and work a bit more on the race setup," Marlboro Team Penske president Tim Cindric said.
Sam Hornish Jr. had the fastest combined practice speed at 164.868 mph in the No. 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/Firestone. Teammate Helio Castroneves was second quick at 164.582 mph, and Scott Sharp was third at 163.707 mph in the No. 8 Delphi Dallara/Toyota/Firestone.
Reigning IndyCar Series champ Scott Dixon said the one day of testing on June 16 was good enough to develop a base setup.
"I think we're not too bad," said Dixon, who was fourth quick on the chart at 163.332 mph in the No. 1 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone. "We're only a tenth-and-a-half (of a second) off of the top time, and I think we found enough (speed). It will be a pinch having to find it when we come back, but we're all right."
The IndyCar Series returns to Milwaukee for the Menards A.J. Foyt Indy 225 on July 25. The IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series^Ù Milwaukee 100 also takes place on July 25.
The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season continues with the SunTrust Indy Challenge at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on June 26 at Richmond International Raceway. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and the IMS Radio Network. The Menards Infiniti Pro Series Aventis Racing for Kids 100 will take place July 3. The race will be broadcast by ESPN2 on a tape-delayed basis on July 4.