Broken Leg Isn't Slowing Harrington Down FOUNTAIN, Colo., June 25 - Despite competing with a broken leg, Scott Harrington recorded the ninth-fastest time overall in practice Friday at Pikes Peak International Raceway in...
Broken Leg Isn't Slowing Harrington Down
FOUNTAIN, Colo., June 25 - Despite competing with a broken leg, Scott Harrington recorded the ninth-fastest time overall in practice Friday at Pikes Peak International Raceway in preparation for Sunday's Radisson 200 Pep Boys Indy Racing League event.
Harrington, who was injured during practice for the last race, held just two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway, zoomed around PPIR's 1-mile oval in his CertainTeed Building Products Dallara Aurora No. 66 at an average speed of 172.554 mph during the afternoon practice session. That was only two-tenths of a second off the fastest time set all day, which was Kenny Brack's lap at 174.893 mph.
A morning and an afternoon practice session were held, and the field was split into two groups of 12 cars and 13 cars, respectively, for each session. Harrington was sixth-fastest in the second group in the morning session and 19th overall for the morning. He was fourth-fastest in the second group in the afternoon session and seventh overall for the afternoon.
"The guys made some great changes between the morning session and the afternoon session," Harrington said. "I think my crew is the best in the business. Somehow we always seem to get better, and that's because my guys use their heads and work hard."
Harrington, a top contender for the Sprint PCS Rookie of the Year Award, has never raced an Indy car at PPIR and he hasn't practiced here. The only other time he competed here was in a GT-1 sports car on the road course here, which "is an entirely different animal.
"The morning session was almost a shake-down run," he noted. "This car is 'Old Faithful.' It's the car we qualified in at Indy before we got bumped, and it's the car we finished fifth in at Phoenix. It's the first IRL car we bought, and it hasn't been raced since Phoenix."
Harrington had a clutch problem in the morning session which his crew had solved by the afternoon session. He also said it was pushing in turn four in the morning, but that it was "a lot better" in the afternoon.
"We concentrated on working on the balance of the car this afternoon," he added, "and I think we can do a little more in that area tomorrow."
Harrington ran 48 laps in the morning session and 42 laps in the afternoon.
As far as racing with a broken right fibula, Harrington said "it really wasn't too bad. I'm so cacooned in the cockpit, so nothing much moves around. The hardest thing is getting in and out of the pits and working the clutch; that's a little tricky."
Harrington participated in an autograph session at the track Friday afternoon, but he's cutting down on other similar activities this weekend to rest. "The biggest problem is getting enough rest," he said. "My level of activity is down. We'll have to stay focused on Sunday. But I'm really excited."
John Paul Jr. is standing by ready to serve as a relief driver if Harrington needs one. "He'll be OK," Paul said Friday afternoon. "He did a great job today. He's a trooper."
The schedule shows Harrington's group will practice from 11:15 a.m. to noon on Saturday prior to PPG Pole qualifying at 1 p.m. A final half-hour practice session for all qualified drivers will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday. The 200-lap Radisson 200 is slated to get the green flag at noon Sunday. Qualifying will be covered life on Speedvision and the race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Net.