IPS: Luyendyk Jr fastest at Homestead on Friday

The Infiniti Pro Series kicked off their 2004 season at Homestead Miami Speedway today with practice for Sunday's Miami 100. Nine drivers practiced today with all nine setting their fastest lap of the day in the afternoon session. Arie Luyendyk...

The Infiniti Pro Series kicked off their 2004 season at Homestead Miami Speedway today with practice for Sunday's Miami 100. Nine drivers practiced today with all nine setting their fastest lap of the day in the afternoon session.

Arie Luyendyk Jr., Motorsport.com contributing columnist, topped the speed charts for the day with a lap at 188.818 mph. The son of two time Indy 500 champion is competing for Sam Schmidt Motorsports in the Infiniti Pro Series with hopes of moving into the IndyCar Series later in the year.

Luyendyk's teammate Thiago Medeiros was third fastest after averaging 187.929 mph around the new high-banked version of the 1.48-mile speedway.

"The car is good now," said Luyendyk Jr. "We have a pretty identical setup to Thiago (Medeiros), so we've got a pretty good baseline right now. We're just going to work a bit more next session on getting more of a push out of the car."

A steady wind from the south may have been to blame for Luyendyk's mild push.

"It's very windy so we have to be very careful with the conditions," said Medeiros. "We (teammate Luyendyk Jr.) had almost then same setup, but we tried a few things differently. That's the advantage of having two driver son the same team; you get more data to find a different balance for qualifying."

Complaints about the wind were not limited to the drivers at Sam Schmidt Motorsports. Paul Dana, who was fastest in the morning session and second fastest on the day, also mentioned the wind. "Things have gone pretty well today considering the wind," Dana said. "The wind was a problem at the open test and I suspect it will be during the race. It is really hard to tune the car with the wind tossing it around so much."

Marty Roth purchased his Pro Series equipment from 2003 Infiniti Pro Series champions Panther Racing. Roth was fourth fastest of the day at 185.707 mph. Fifth on the day was Phil Giebler, who will drive the Western Union Speed Team entered by Keith Dusenberg.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Arie Luyendyk , Sam Schmidt , Marty Roth , Paul Dana , Phil Giebler , Thiago Medeiros , Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Teams Panther Racing