SBRS: IRL: Alumni report Indy Racing at Homestead

Skip Barber Grads Fill Top-10 in Practice for IRL Opener Skip Barber trained Helio Castroneves showed that a switch in series has not taken the edge off of his competitive spirit. He posted the third quickest speed of the day just a tick over...

Skip Barber Grads Fill Top-10 in Practice for IRL Opener

Skip Barber trained Helio Castroneves showed that a switch in series has not taken the edge off of his competitive spirit. He posted the third quickest speed of the day just a tick over one mile per hour off of the quickest time. Just behind in fourth is the series defending champ Sam Hornish, Jr. The Skip Barber alumnus was right on Castroneves’ heels and actually had the fastest time in the morning session at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"The car has been very consistent," said Castroneves. "We got to work on the race setup. I'm happy with today's practice, and hopefully that'll carry over to race day. At least race day is still far away. So we'll look to keep this momentum for tomorrow and Saturday for Marlboro Team Penske."

1989 Barber Pro Series Champ Robbie Buhl posted the sixth quickest speed while fellow alumni Jeff Ward and Scott Sharp round out the Top-10 in ninth and tenth respectively.

Final qualifying takes place on Friday afternoon in preparation for the opening round of the 2002 IRL season on Saturday, March 2.

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Series IndyCar , Other open wheel
Drivers Robbie Buhl , Jeff Ward , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Skip Barber