IRL: Scott Harrington Las Vegas Friday Notes

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 24 - Even though he'd never turned a lap on the oval at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before, Scott Harrington posted the sixth-fastest time of the day in practice Friday for Sunday's Vegas.com 500 Pep Boys Indy Racing League...

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 24 - Even though he'd never turned a lap on the oval at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before, Scott Harrington posted the sixth-fastest time of the day in practice Friday for Sunday's Vegas.com 500 Pep Boys Indy Racing League event. Harrington's CertainTeed Dallara Aurora #66, which is carrying a decal for the Las Vegas Hilton as an associate sponsor for this race, was clocked at an average speed of 206.186 mph Friday afternoon during its fastest lap of the day around the 1.5-mile oval. Harrington was consistent and his car was fast right out of the CertainTeed transporter too. He was sixth-fastest in the morning session at 205.730 mph. "I'm really happy with the way the CertainTeed car is running," Harrington said after practice concluded for the day. "We're taking a pretty conservative approach. These are my initial laps on this racetrack, although I've run on the road course here. "We're working on our race set-up. We want to have at least a relatively good starting position, but we didn't test here and we aren't shooting for the pole, so we're really happy to be among the fastest here in practice so far. It's a long race; we just want to be there at the finish. But once again the CertainTeed crew has made my job really easy. I have a chest cold and I don't really feel well, but I'm really happy with the way things went today." Sam Schmidt topped Friday's practice rundown with a lap at 208.849 mph followed by Greg Ray (208.631 mph); Stephan Gregoire (207.333 mph); Mark Dismore (206.572 mph); Buddy Lazier (206.256 mph) and Harrington (206.186 mph). Harrington is currently leading the point standings for the Sprint PCS Rookie of the Year Award. He was fastest Friday among the other rookies in contention. Robbie McGehee was 13th (204.453 mph); John Hollansworth Jr. was 15th (204.136 mph); Jaques Lazier was 20th (202.240 mph) and Ronnie Johncox was 23rd (200.661 mph) to round out the rookies in contention for the award out of the 26 drivers recording times. One more practice session will be held before Saturday's qualifying session at noon; that is slated for tomorrow at 9 a.m. Harrington is scheduled to be the third of 26 drivers in the qualifying order. The final practice session before the race will be Saturday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. The 208-lap race is scheduled to get the green flag at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Qualifying will be covered live on SpeedVision at 3 p.m. EDT tomorrow. The race will be broadcast live at 2:30 p.m. EDT Sunday on ESPN2.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Buddy Lazier , Stephan Gregoire , Mark Dismore , Jaques Lazier  , Sam Schmidt , Scott Harrington , Ronnie Johncox