IndyCar Series practice resumed on Thursday (May 15th) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as teams readied for the last weekend of qualifications and came to grips with race set-ups for the Indianapolis 500. Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe was fastest at...
IndyCar Series practice resumed on Thursday (May 15th) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as teams readied for the last weekend of qualifications and came to grips with race set-ups for the Indianapolis 500.
Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe was fastest at 223.708 mph, followed by teammate Helio Castroneves (223.284 mph). Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon was third-quick (223.192 mph).
The teams at the front of the grid from Pole Day's qualifying focused on readying their cars for race day (May 25th).
"A lot of us are already in race preparation mode," said Briscoe. "We have to be careful around the guys who haven't qualified in case they have a problem, run out of fuel or so forth."
AGR's Tony Kanaan and Luzco Dragon's Tomas Scheckter round out the top five on the day.
"We are finally at the point where we want to be," said TK. "We have enough information; now we need to gather all of it together and make the car better tomorrow."
Will Power of KVT/Team Australia was fastest among the non-qualifiers today, posting a best lap of 222.657 mph. Power was sixth overall.
"We need a lot of running time on the ovals to develop the car," said Power. "Just to finish the race would mean a lot to me as far as experience in this type of racing. So far I'm enjoying it."
John Andretti picked up the pace for Marty Roth's team, raising his best lap speed to 222.474 mph for seventh.
Hideki Mutoh put up 105 laps, and was eighth on the timing and scoring sheets; while Dan Wheldon was ninth with 109 laps completed.
Dale Coyne's Bruno Junqueira finished the top-ten for Thursday.
In other news, Andretti Green Promotions purchased the Toronto Grand Prix Association's rights to the Toronto race, giving it a bright future as a possible IndyCar Series event.
"Andretti Green is thrilled to bring Indy car racing back to Toronto," said AGP managing director Kevin Savoree. "Toronto is an event with so much heritage, and we look forward to continuing that. The city has always supported racing with a huge fan base and a great business climate."
The race has proven its popularity over twenty-one years, earning acclaim among drivers and fans as one of the year's most popular racing dates.