IRL: Toyota Indy 500 Test Thursday notes

Dixon, Hornish Top Practices; Toyota Sweeps Top 3 At Indy Test INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 29, 2004) -- In a repeat of Wednesday's testing, Scott Dixon (Target Toyota) reigned in the morning and Marlboro Team Penske teammates Sam Hornish Jr. and...

Dixon, Hornish Top Practices; Toyota Sweeps Top 3 At Indy Test

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 29, 2004) -- In a repeat of Wednesday's testing, Scott Dixon (Target Toyota) reigned in the morning and Marlboro Team Penske teammates Sam Hornish Jr. and Helio Castroneves topped the afternoon time charts as the three Toyota-powered cars gained the top three spots in Thursday's final test session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Hornish registered the fastest overall time of the two-day test with a 220.113 mph lap with the new Toyota Indy V8 3.0-liter engine making its debut in Indianapolis.

Reigning IndyCar Series champion Dixon ran just a handful of laps in the afternoon session, but his morning time stood as the third fastest overall for the day.

Once again, 10 Toyota-powered cars registered laps with Scott Sharp (Delphi Toyota, 12th), Sarah Fisher (Bryant Toyota, 20th), A.J. Foyt IV (Conseco Toyota, 21st), Tora Takagi (Pioneer Toyota, 22nd), Larry Foyt (Conseco Toyota, 23rd), Marty Roth (Roth Racing Toyota, 25th) and Darren Manning (Target Toyota, 26th). Manning's day was cut short when he made contact with the wall in the morning session. Manning suffered no injuries and there was no significant damage done to the tub.

Toyota will be looking for its second consecutive Indianapolis 500 victory after teammates Gil de Ferran and Castroneves placed one-two a year ago while driving for Penske Racing last year in Toyota's first-ever Indianapolis 500 a year ago.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will open for official practice for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 9.

-toyota motorsports-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , A.J. Foyt IV , Scott Dixon , Tora Takagi , Larry Foyt , Marty Roth , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske , Team Penske