IRL: Texas Day 1 - Session 2

DAY 1 - SESSION 2 RUNNING: 9:11 p.m. GREEN.

DAY 1 - SESSION 2 RUNNING:

9:11 p.m. GREEN. #12 Calkins first out. 9:13 p.m. #21 Guerrero turned a lap at 202.432 miles an hour, fastest of session, first 200 mile- an-hour lap at night in history. 9:14 p.m. #21 Guerrero turned a lap at 203.789, fastest of session. #21 Guerrero turned a lap at 204.267, fastest of session. 9:16 p.m. #91 Lazier turned a lap at 206.446, fastest of session. 9:17 p.m. #91 Lazier turned a lap at 209.221, fastest of session. #91 Lazier turned a lap at 210.888, fastest of session. 9:18 p.m. #2 Stewart turned a lap at 213.262, fastest of session and fastest of day. #4 Brack turned a lap at 212.081, second fastest of session. 9:27 p.m. #2 Stewart turned a lap at 215.371, fastest of session and fastest of day. 9:29 p.m. #4 Brack turned a lap at 212.423, second fastest of session and day. 9:35 p.m. #5 Luyendyk turned a lap at 212.523, third fastest of session and day. 9:36 p.m. #4 Brack turned a lap at 212.682, second fastest of session. 9:40 a.m. YELLOW, track inspection. Rookie Allen May has completed the first phase (170-175 miles an hour) of his IRL driver's test. 9:57 p.m. GREEN. 10 p.m. #5 Luyendyk turned a lap at 213.270, second fastest of session and day. 10:03 p.m. #6 Goodyear turned a lap at 213.194, third fastest of session and day. 10:07 p.m. #1 Boat turned a lap at 214.337, second fastest of session and day. 10:11 p.m. #4 Brack turned a lap at 213.287, third fastest of session and day. 10:14 p.m. #97 Ray turned a lap at 214.065, third fastest of session and day. 10:15 p.m. END OF SESSION.

Allen May completed the second (175-180) and third (180-185) phases of his IRL driver's test.

At 6:15 p.m., Jim Guthrie and Blueprint Racing acquired an engine from Team Menard for the #27 Blueprint Racing/Jacuzzi/Armour Golf/ERTL/Dallara. He is expected to practice Wednesday. *** BILLY BOAT: "I'm right at home here. This is what I do every Saturday night. (Running under the lights). You can really see the colors of the race track under the lights a lot better at night than during the day. This is a demanding track. You can run wide open. It's a little rough. You get a little breather but other than that you're right on top of it. This is the closest to a high banked 1/4 mile than I thought I'd ever get in these cars."

KENNY BRACK: "This is not my first time running under the lights. We tested the car here in April prior to Indy and I was amazed at how the lights illuminate the track. I think it will be a great experience for the fans and for myself as a driver because it will add excitement to (the) race."

SCOTT GOODYEAR: "The lights are superb. This is the first time for Indy cars under the lights and the track is so well-lit it is just like running in daylight."

DAVEY HAMILTON: "I don't notice the lights. It's just like daylight out there. I'm used to running at night from my past racing."

ALLEN MAY (first time in an Indianapolis-style car): "These things handle great when they're going that slow." (About the lights): "I did a series in 1995 and there were 16 races, all under lights. This is like coming home for me." (On passing three phases of driver's test): "I wish we could've done four."

BUDDY LAZIER: (about running under the lights): "It's just different. It reminds me of when I used to run Supercross under the lights...just different. It's a great facility. The lights are great. It seems to make Turn 4 come up a lot quicker and a lot closer."

ROBERTO GUERRERO: "Everyone had said this would be just as good as daylight, but it's definitely not. It's okay, but the pit lane is pretty dark and the track itself is pretty tough. But it's acceptable. This racing at night is pretty tough on a guy that goes to bed at 9:30 every night. This is way past my bedtime."

MARK DISMORE: "I was flat-out all the way around. I may have to adjust my line to find a little more speed. I've been going low in (Turns) 1 and 2 and high in (Turns) 3 and 4. That's where the car is the happiest.' (About the track): "I feel like a BB in a bucket (because of the banks). You do a lot of zinging around. It's a little bit of a difference from Indy to here. It's a fun track."

PAUL DIATLOVICH (co-owner, #18 Carlson): "We could rebuild it but we don't think that would be a safe decision with such a short time frame involved. There's not enough parts and pieces. We're working on a couple possibilities with other teams and I hope to know more tomorrow (Wednesday)."

BUZZ CALKINS: "The lighting is excellent but I can't really evaluate the track as I only had about 10 practice laps. We had a problem with the right rear CV joint and that really curtailed our session."

ARIE LUYENDYK: "The lights are excellent. It is really quite a neat experience. It's fun. I like the lights...not the bumps. It's wonderful."

TONY STEWART: (about the package for TMS): "They give us the package to run and it's my job to go out there and go as fast as I can. It's a racy track and it's going to be a fun race." (about the shows at Indy and here): "Everybody's putting an emphasis on race-to-race. This series is going forward and moving up whether we have a good race or not. Tony's (George) a pretty sharp guy. Look at the top two speeds and you can see what his vision was. He's a smart guy." (About top speeds): "It doesn't matter what you do on the race track. It's how you do your pit stops."

MARCO GRECO: (about lights): "Very clear, more clear than when it's fog. I used to race with lights like that with go-karts. I still (am) running and practicing with go-karts. It's good for the (Indianapolis-style) cars...different for open-wheels. I think the public will like it. I think better maybe for someone who wants to watch the races who has to work (during) the day. They have the possibility to watch the race."

VINCENZO SOSPIRI: "Running under the lights is a new experience with me. It's okay. You get a fraction more reflection from your visor. The only difficult part is watching the mirror. You go to see the car behind you, you see the reflection and sometimes you think it's the car...it's not the car, it's just the bodywork from the car behind you. Basically, from the view side, you can see everything is clear. The rest of it is actually...I think it's nicer. You always have the light there. It's not like the day, when the sun can change the position, so you can get used to that and the only question is the visor and whether we can do something to lessen the reflection."

GREG RAY: "Running under the lights is actually easier than running during the day. During the day, I have to use a deep strip on my visor that I don't need to run during the night. My crew chief sort of snuck up on the setup since we didn't test here. We've done very few laps. Tomorrow, we'll work on a better setup. We still have a problem getting through Turns 3 and 4 because of the bump. Hopefully, we'll solve this hiccup."

ROBBIE GROFF: "Driving around here at night is like flying an F-18 inside of Portland Arena. We're chipping away at the speed and we definitely have the platform (i.e., chassis) to go faster."

EDDIE CHEEVER JR.: "I like it. The only problem is seeing in my mirrors. There's a big black hole behind you. I have to put something on the bottom of my visor. If there's any imperfection in it, it really shows up. I really like the circuit. It's great."

AFFONSO GIAFFONE: "It's like playing tennis under the lights. It takes a little bit of getting used to at first and then it's like day. But it's great." (About the track): "A lot of banking...you have to look up when exiting the turns but it's going to be okay."

10:45 p.m. Update: Mike Groff is in stable condition at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth and awaiting lab work.

TOP 10 SPEEDS OF THE DAY

DRIVER                C/E/T        LAPS        TIME        SPEED
Tony Stewart        G/A/F        48        25.073        215.371
Billy Boat        G/A/G        40        25.194        214.337
Greg Ray        D/A/F        46        25.226        214.065
Kenny Brack        G/A/G        67        25.318        213.287
Arie Luyendyk        G/A/F        56        25.320        213.270
Scott Goodyear        G/A/F        85        25.329        213.194
Buddy Lazier        D/A/F        70        25.401        212.590
Mark Dismore        D/A/G        38        25.569        211.193
Davey Hamilton        G/A/G        31        25.576        211.135
Robbie Buhl        G/A/F        69        25.835        209.019

Legend: SR-Speed Rank, C-Chassis, E-Engine, T-Tire Chassis: D-Dallara, G-G Force Engine: A-Aurora by Oldsmobile, I-Infiniti Indy V8 Tire: F-Firestone, G-Goodyear

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Greg Ray , Robbie Buhl , Buddy Lazier , Davey Hamilton , Arie Luyendyk , Billy Boat , Mark Dismore , Jim Guthrie , Scott Goodyear , Kenny Brack