IRL: Pole Day - Indy 500 - May 10

DAY 8 SATURDAY, MAY 10 - Page 1 POLE DAY Billy Boat passed the driver physical Friday, bringing the total to 46, according to Dr. Henry Bock. The start of practice was delayed until track temperatures warmed. At ...

DAY 8 SATURDAY, MAY 10 - Page 1 POLE DAY

Billy Boat passed the driver physical Friday, bringing the total to 46, according to Dr. Henry Bock.

The start of practice was delayed until track temperatures warmed. At 8:29 a.m., the temperature was 46 degrees with winds from the west at 16 miles per hour, gusting to 22 mph. Track temperature from Goodyear tire engineers at 8:34 a.m. was 60 degrees. Track temperature from Firestone tire engineers at 8:50 a.m. was 63 degrees. The track opened at 8:45 under a running yellow. The track went green at 8:54 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., the temperature was 56 degrees and track temperature was 71, according to Firestone tire engineers.

9 a.m. update: John Paul Jr. remains in Methodist Hospital in good condition, will be re-evaluated this afternoon and his release time will be based on the re-evaluation. Scott Sharp remains at Methodist Hospital in good condition and will undergo a routine repeat CT Scan this morning. Lew Parks, a crewman for the AJ Foyt team, was treated and released Friday from Methodist Hospital for a bruised chest suffered in a fall while going to Sharp's aid.

Practice: 9:19 a.m. #52 Jeff Ward turned a lap at 214.756 miles an hour, fastest of the day. 9:36 a.m. #5 Arie Luyendyk turned a lap at 215.921, fastest of the day. 10 a.m. Temperature was 57 degrees, track temperature was 77 degrees, according to Firestone tire engineers. 10:03 a.m. #2 Tony Stewart turned a lap at 217.644, fastest of the day. 10:04 a.m. #3 Robbie Buhl turned a lap at 216.768, second fastest of the day.

PRESS CONFERENCE WITH TEAM OWNER RON HEMELGARN: "We ran as hard and fast as we could with the Nissan. It was a hard decision. When Buddy is the defending champion there is a sponsor level that you have to meet. They want the very best. It is very mixed decision but it is not a wrong decision. We need to have Buddy get a good run, which will probably come this afternoon. Lyn will still be running the Nissan and she is the fastest out there right now. I promised Nissan that I would be running two cars at Indy. Lyn will be the one and I am placing Johnny Unser will be the one. Johnny drove for me in an ARS car. Unser is a name that Indy is used to and appropriate to run him here. Understand that this is the one for Buddy, and he will run it if necessary. It wasn't easy; sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Both companies understand and they are appreciative of what we're trying to do. It shows strength in this league. They both share information just like the chassis companies and the tire companies. We have to thank Stan Wattles for the Aurora engine. Stan is a new team but he won't be starting up until a little later. I paid the remaining balance on the engines and yesterday was the day I decided to run the Aurora. I want to thank everyone involved. "

At 11:00 a.m., the temperature was 60 degrees and track temperature was 91, according to Firestone tire engineers.

11:00 a.m. #10 MIKE GROFF/Pasadena, CA Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria/Visionaire/Bryant - G / I / F

QA - 1 1 -- 43.255 -- 208.068 Q - 1 2 -- 43.120 -- 208.720 Locked In 3 -- 43.182 -- 208.420 4 -- 43.074 -- 208.943 T 2:52.631 -- 208.537

In 1977, Tom Sneva recorded the first 200 mph qualification lap (200.401) in IMS history. Groff's 4th lap speed of 208.943 represents the 2,500th 200 mph qualification lap at Indianapolis.

11:06 a.m. #52 JEFF WARD/San Juan Capistrano, CA FirstPlus Team Cheever - G / A / G

QA - 2 1 -- 41.738 -- 215.631 Q - 2 2 -- 41.897 -- 214.813 3 -- 42.060 -- 213.980 4 -- 42.124 -- 213.655 T 2:47.819 -- 214.517

11:13 a.m. #40 DR. JACK MILLER/Carmel, IN AMS/Crest Racing - D / I / F

QA - 3 1 -- 43.109 -- 208.773 Q - 3 2 -- 43.000 -- 209.302 Locked In 3 -- 42.974 -- 209.429 4 -- 42.960 -- 209.497 T 2:52.043 -- 209.250

11:19 a.m. #17 AFFONSO GIAFFONE/Sao Paulo, Brazil General Motors of Brazil Chitwood Dallara - D / A / G

QA - 4 1 -- 41.696 -- 215.848 Q - 4 2 -- 42.300 -- 212.766 Locked In 3 -- 42.514 -- 211.695 4 -- 42.525 -- 211.640 T 2:49.035 -- 212.974

11:29 a.m. #3 ROBBIE BUHL/Miami, FL Quaker State/Special - G / A / F

QA - 5 1 -- 41.768 -- 215.476 UA - 1 2 -- 41.864 -- 214.982 3 -- 41.948 -- 214.551 4 -- waved off

This is the 1st 3-lap wave off since 1995 when Davey Hamilton waved off after completing 3 laps of a qualifying run at 5:44 p.m. on the 4th day of qualifying that year.

11:51 a.m. #7 ELISEO SALAZAR/Santiago, Chile Copec/Cristal/Scandia - D / A / G

QA - 6 1 -- 41.972 -- 214.429 UA - 1 2 -- 43.023 -- 209.190 3 -- waved off, hit bird in 3rd turn)

12:00 p.m. #90 LYN ST. JAMES/Daytona Beach, FL Lifetime-TV-Cinergy - D / I / F

QA - 7 1 -- 42.858 -- 209.996 Q - 5 2 -- 42.877 -- 209.903 3 -- 42.804 -- 210.261 4 -- 42.771 -- 210.423 T 2:51.310 -- 210.145

12:06 p.m. #21 ROBERTO GUERRERO/San Juan Capistrano, CA Pennzoil-Pagan Racing Dallara Infiniti - D / I / G

QA - 8 1 -- waved off UA - 1

12:13 p.m. #30 ROBBIE GROFF/Atlanta, GA Alfa-Laval/Team Losi/McCormack Motorsports - G / A / G

QA - 9 1 -- 43.226 -- 208.208 UA - 1 2 -- brushed wall in south short chute, waved off, pulled in=20

Records and facts on normally-aspirated engines at the Speedway:

--The 1997 Indianapolis 500 pole winner will be the first powered by a normally-aspirated engine since Mario Andretti took the pole at an average speed of 168.982 miles per hour with a Ford V8 in 1967. --The last driver to win the Indianapolis 500 with a normally aspirated engine is A.J. Foyt with a Ford V8 in 1967. --When Mike Groff qualified at 208.537 miles per hour as the first qualifier today, he broke the existing record for normally-aspirated engines of 204.224 miles per hour set by Steve Chassey in 1985. Chassey was bumped from the field. --The last driver prior to this morning to complete a four-lap qualification run with a normally-aspirated engine was Sammy Swindell, who qualified a March/Pontiac at 201.840 miles per hour in 1987. Swindell was first alternate. --The last driver prior to this morning to make a "500" field with a normally-aspirated engine was Kevin Cogan, who qualified at 203.622 miles per hour with Pontiac power in 1984, started 27th and finished 20th.

Temperatures according to Firestone engineers (degrees Fahrenheit): 11:30 a.m. ambient - 57, track 95; 12:00 p.m. ambient - 65, track - 98; 12:30 p.m. ambient - 65, track - 103; 2:30 p.m. ambient - 74, track - 112; 3:00 p.m. ambient - 70, track - 110.

3:21 p.m. #5 ARIE LUYENDYK/Scottsdale, AZ Wavephore/Sprint PCS/Miller Lite - G / A / F

QA -8 1 -- 41.160 -- 218.659 Q - 6 2 -- 41.264 -- 218.108 Locked In 3 -- 41.250 -- 218.182 4 -- 41.265 -- 218.103 T 2:44.939 -- 218.263* * New IRL Track Record

3:41 p.m. #4 KENNY BRACK/Karlstad, Sweden Monsoon Galles Racing - G / A / G

QA -9 1 -- 42.552 -- 211.506 Q - 7 2 -- 42.375 -- 212.389 Locked In 3 -- 42.456 -- 211.984 4 -- 43.055 -- 209.035 T 2:50.438 -- 211.221*

3:53 p.m. #27 JIM GUTHRIE/Albuquerque, NM Jacuzzi/Blueprint Racing Dallara - D / A / F

QA -10 1 -- 41.984 -- 214.367 Q - 8 2 -- 41.772 -- 215.455 Locked In 3 -- 41.829 -- 215.162 4 -- 41.696 -- 215.848 T 2:47.281 -- 215.207

3:58 p.m. #14 DAVEY HAMILTON/Boise, ID AJ Foyt PowerTeam Racing - G / A / G

QA - 11 1 -- 41.620 -- 216.242 Q - 9 2 -- 41.818 -- 215.218 Locked In 3 -- 42.257 -- 212.982 4 -- 42.150 -- 213.523 T 2:47.845 -- 214.484

4:06 p.m. #33 FERMIN VELEZ/Barcelona, Spain Old Navy Scandia Royal Purple Alta Xcel - D / A / G

QA - 12 1 -- 42.710 -- 210.723 UA - 1 2 -- engine trouble, waved off, pulled in

4:15 p.m. #6 SCOTT GOODYEAR/Toronto, Ontario, Canada Nortel/Sprint PCS/Quebecor Printing - G / A / F

QA - 13 1 -- 41.821 -- 215.203 Q - 10 2 -- 41.455 -- 217.103 Locked In 3 -- 41.638 -- 216.149 4 -- 41.899 -- 214.802 T 2:46.813 -- 215.811

4:23 p.m. #8 VINCENZO SOSPIRI/Monte Carlo, Monaco Scandia Royal Purple Alta Xcel - D/ A / G

QA - 14 1 -- 41.525 -- 216.737 Q - 11 2 -- 41.464 -- 217.056 3 -- 41.540 -- 216.659 4 -- 41.506 -- 216.836 T 2:46.035 -- 216.822

4:28 p.m. #2 TONY STEWART/Indianapolis, IN Glidden/Menards/Special - G / A / F

QA - 15 1 -- 41.287 -- 217.986 Q - 12 2 -- 41.318 -- 217.823 Locked In 3 -- 41.263 -- 218.113 4 -- 41.254 -- 218.161 T 2:45.122 -- 218.021

4:41 p.m. #34 ALESSANDRO ZAMPEDRI/Monte Carlo, Monaco Mi-Jack Scandia Royal Purple - D / A / G

QA - 16 1 -- 43.529 -- 206.759 UA - 1 2 -- 44.127 -- 203.957 3 -- waved off

4:45 p.m. #7 ELISEO SALAZAR/Santiago, Chile Copec/Cristal/Scandia - D / A / G

QA - 17 1 -- 41.904 -- 214.777 Q - 13 2 -- 41.912 -- 214.736 Locked In 3 -- 42.013 -- 214.219 4 -- 42.144 -- 213.554 T 2:47.973 -- 214.320

4:49 p.m. #3 ROBBIE BUHL/Miami, FL Quaker State/Special - G / A / F

QA - 18 1 -- 41.459 -- 217.082 UA - 2 2 -- pulled in

5:00 p.m. #12 BUZZ CALKINS/Denver, CO Bradley Food Marts - G / A / G

QA - 19 1 -- 42.929 -- 209.648 UA - 1 2 -- 42.936 -- 209.614 3 -- 43.188 -- 208.391 4 -- waved off=20

5:06 p.m. #77 STEPHAN GREGOIRE/Vittel, France Chastain Motorsports - G / A / G

QA - 20 1 -- 41.963 -- 214.475 Q - 14 2 -- 42.146 -- 213.543 Locked In 3 -- 42.330 -- 212.615 4 -- 42.475 -- 211.889 T 2:48.914 -- 213.126

5:12 p.m. #51 EDDIE CHEEVER, Jr./Tampa, FL FirstPlus Team Cheever - G / A / G

QA - 21 1 -- 41.966 -- 214.459 Q - 15 2 -- 41.896 -- 214.818 Locked In 3 -- 42.102 -- 213.767 4 -- 42.203 -- 213.255 T 2:48.167 -- 214.073

#91 Buddy Lazier took warm up laps but did not take the green.

#16 Sam Schmidt spun in warm-up lane in south short chute and did not take the green. (Half spin, 180 feet, hit inside wall with left side nose. Then continued 100 feet along the wall.)

5:30 p.m. #42 ROBBY GORDON/Cornelius, NC Coors Light - G / A / G

QA - 22 1 -- 42.140 -- 213.574 Q - 16 2 -- 42.210 -- 213.220 3 -- 42.211 -- 213.215 4 -- 42.286 -- 212.836 T 2:48.847 -- 213.211

5:35 p.m. #34 ALESSANDRO ZAMPEDRI/Monte Carlo, Monaco Mi-Jack Scandia Royal Purple - D / A / G

QA - 23 1 -- 42.592 -- 211.307 Q - 17 2 -- 42.979 -- 209.405 3 -- 43.106 -- 208.788 4 -- 43.494 -- 206.925 T 2:52.171 -- 209.094

5:45 p.m. #12 BUZZ CALKINS/Denver, CO Bradley Food Marts - G / A / G

QA - 24 1 -- 42.890 -- 209.839 UA - 2 2 -- 42.918 -- 209.702 Locked In 3 -- 43.012 -- 209.244 4 -- 42.965 -- 209.473 T 2:51.785 -- 209.564

5:50 p.m. #3 ROBBIE BUHL/Miami, FL Quaker State/Special - G / A / F

QA - 25 1 -- 41.745 -- 215.595 Q - 19 2 -- 41.633 -- 216.175 Locked In 3 -- 41.616 -- 216.263 4 -- 41.594 -- 216.377 T 2:46.588 -- 216.102

5:00 a.m. #91T BUDDY LAZIER/Vail, CO Delta Faucet-Montana-Hemelgarn Racing - D / I / F

QA - 26 1 -- 41.792 -- 215.352 Q - 20 2 -- 41.894 -- 214.828 3 -- 41.955 -- 214.516 4 -- 42.359 -- 212.470 T 2:48.000 -- 214.286

#21T Roberto Guerrero took warm up laps and pulled into the pits.

6:00 p.m. #21T ROBERTO GUERRERO/San Juan Capistrano, CA Pennzoil-Pagan Racing Dallara Infiniti - D / I / G

QA - 27 1 -- 43.175 -- 208.454 Q - 21 2 -- 43.211 -- 208.280 Locked In 3 -- 43.383 -- 207.455 4 -- 43.833 -- 205.325 T 2:53.602 -- 207.371

--History has repeated itself from qualifying in 1948-49. In 1948, Duke Nalon was fastest qualifier and Rex Mays started from the pole. In 1949, Nalon started from the pole and defending polesitter Mays started in second position. In 1996, Arie Luyendyk was fastest qualifier and Tony Stewart started from the pole. In 1997, Luyendyk starts from the pole and defending polesitter Stewart starts in second position. --The years 1948-49 and 1996-97 are the only pairs in Speedway history in which the fastest qualifier of a "500" who did NOT start on the pole the first year and returned to take the pole the following year. --Scott Brayton was the original pole position qualifier in 1996 with a four-lap average of 233.718. Arie Luyendyk's 1997 pole speed is 15.455 miles an hour slower at 218.263. This is the biggest one-year drop in pole position speeds in Indianapolis 500 history. The previous record for biggest one-year drop also involved Luyendyk when he qualified on the pole in 1993 with a speed of 223.967, which was 8.515 miles an hour slower than Roberto Guerrero's 1992 pole speed of 232.482. --Arie Luyendyk is the fastest qualifier in the 21-car provisional field at 218.263 and Roberto Guerrero is the slowest at 207.371. Luyendyk and Guerrero have each started in 12 previous Indianapolis 500s, making them, at the moment, the most experienced drivers in the field.

Track temperatures from Goodyear tire engineers: 5 p.m. 95; 5:30 p.m. 85.

A total of 43 cars are now at the Speedway, 38 have passed technical inspection and 0 are in the process. 30 drivers have been on the track to date. There were 18 yellows for 1 hour, 48 minutes.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Robbie Buhl , Buddy Lazier , Jeff Ward , Davey Hamilton , Scott Sharp , Arie Luyendyk , Billy Boat , Roberto Guerrero , Sam Schmidt , Mario Andretti , Tom Sneva , Sammy Swindell , Stan Wattles , Johnny Unser , John Paul , Kevin Cogan , A.J. Foyt