IRL: Scheckter and Dixon on target at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 4, 2003) -- Tomas Scheckter led the way while practicing for Sunday's Kansas Indy 300 after setting the fastest lap in both practice sessions today. Scheckter set his best lap, at 218.264 mph, in the session held this ...

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 4, 2003) -- Tomas Scheckter led the way while practicing for Sunday's Kansas Indy 300 after setting the fastest lap in both practice sessions today. Scheckter set his best lap, at 218.264 mph, in the session held this morning. Later in day, Scheckter topped the charts at 217.729 mph.

Scheckter's Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon was second fastest in both sessions. Dixon managed to improve on his morning speed, recording his best in the afternoon at 217.725 mph.

Third in the afternoon, and third overall at the end of the day was Tony Kanaan at 217.661 mph. Kanaan experienced problems in the morning session reporting to the track with less than 7 minutes remaining on the session. Despite turning 14 laps this morning, Kanaan was sixth fastest in that session.

Tora Takagi ended the day fourth on the speed chart. Takagi, whose best was 215.813 mph, turned up the wick in the afternoon recording a lap at 217.019 mph. "I'm feeling much better this weekend than I have in a while," said Takagi. "I think it's because we're back to a high-speed track, and that is my favorite kind of track."

Helio Castroneves saw his lap from the morning session, third fastest in the session, hold up for fifth fastest at the end of the day. Castroneves' best of the day was 216.938 mph, while his teammate, Indy 500 winner Gil de Ferran finds himself 12th on the speed chart with a lap at 215.861 mph.

"Today we worked on both qualifying and race set-ups," said Castroneves. "This morning we concentrated on qualifying and made gains throughout the session. This afternoon, we did long runs and drafted with the other cars. I was able to run in traffic but couldn't pass so we've still got some work to do on the Marlboro Team Penske car to make sure we're ready for Sunday."

Notes from the Kansas Indy 300 at the Kansas Speedway

The Indy Racing League announced today that the season ending Championship Celebration would take place October 25 at Epcot Center in Walt Disney World at Orlando, Florida. The invitation-only event will be held in inside Epcot's World ShowPlace.

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Chad Chaffin qualified first for Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 earning his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole position. Bill Lester qualified second putting both Bobby Hamilton Racing trucks on the front row.

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Jon Wood is driving the Bob Graham for President Ford in Saturday's Craftsman Truck Series race. Wood qualified third.

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Kelley Racing, which fields entries for Scott Sharp and Al Unser JR., will have Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green in their pits on Sunday.

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The Kansas Indy 300 will mark Team Penske's 1000th start in Indy style racing. The team's two entries, for Helio Castroneves and Gil de Ferran, will make their 999th and 1000th start on Sunday.

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What did Scott Dixon do after winning his third Indy Racing event this season? He attended both Dave Matthews Band concerts in Indianapolis. Matthews played Sunday and Monday in Indianapolis.

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Sam Hornish's familiar No. 4 is sporting a new paint scheme this weekend. The car, which is still Pennzoil yellow, features the new action film "Terminator 3: The Rise of Machines."

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Highlights of Thursday night's charity softball game included Felipe Giaffone and Vitor Meira's first time at bat. After making contact with the ball, both Brazilian drivers carried the bat to first base.

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Firestone delivered 860 tires to teams competing in Sunday's Kansas Indy 300. All of the tires were constructed at the company's plant in Akron, Ohio,

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Tomas Scheckter , Felipe Giaffone , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Tora Takagi , Jon Wood , Bill Lester , Chad Chaffin , Chip Ganassi , Al Unser , Sam Hornis , Vitor Meira
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing