IPS: Foyt IV tops Kansas practice

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS (July 5, 2002) - The Infiniti Pro Series officially kicked off its inaugural race weekend with practice for ten cars today. Twelve cars were entered for the series inaugural race but only 11 have made it to the...

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS (July 5, 2002) - The Infiniti Pro Series officially kicked off its inaugural race weekend with practice for ten cars today. Twelve cars were entered for the series inaugural race but only 11 have made it to the speedway.

Ronny Johncox's team arrived late and did not practice today.

A.J. Foyt IV topped the speed chart today, lapping the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway at 182.650 mph.

Foyt IV, who topped both practice sessions today, tested an Indy car at Phoenix and is using the Infiniti Pro Series as a stepping-stone to the big leagues. "Driving one of the IRL cars, especially on a tough track like Phoenix, was really fun. It was a good experience for me, and it kind of gave me some confidence getting in this car because I know it has a little bit less horsepower."

Aaron Fike, a regular competitor in the USAC ranks, was second fastest on the day. "I really didn't know what to expect coming to a mile and half track like this," said Fike. "I went out there today, and I was pretty comfortable."

Fike, who was two one-hundredths of a second faster than third place Arie Luyendyk Jr., will have to improve if he wants to catch Foyt the Fourth. Foyt was a half second faster than anyone else.

While Foyt is a half second clear of second place, seven tenths of a second cover the rest of the field.

"It's a very competitive field," said Luyendyk Jr. "Mainly we've been working on the race setup. Since the field is so competitive we really want to get a good handle on the car in traffic."

Ed Carpenter, another USAC regular, and actor Jason Priestley rounded out the top-five positions today.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers A.J. Foyt IV , Aaron Fike , Jason Priestley , Ed Carpenter