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Castroneves leads  day 2 at Indy

May 6, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, May 6, 2002 –Helio Castroneves returned today to a familiar place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the top.

Defending Indianapolis 500 champion Castroneves led a rain-shortened, windy practice session with a fast lap of 39.6972 seconds, 226.716 mph in the No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone.

Castroneves was second fastest on Indianapolis Star Opening Day on May 5 with a lap of 39.5764, 227.408.

“Today the conditions were totally different than yesterday,” Castroneves said. “We had rain. The track was green. The wind was in a different position.

“The car so far is handling very well, which is good, but you still have to keep working. Everybody is getting closer. The times are getting closer. It wasn’t as fast as yesterday, but I do believe we have a good position right now, so let’s keep working hard.”

There were just 77 minutes of practice today on the 2.5-mile oval, as showers delayed the start for nearly six hours. Practice opened at 4:43 p.m. (EST), the latest start for a practice day at the Speedway since 1990, when a practice began at 5:14 p.m. under a running yellow.

Rookie Laurent Redon was second fastest at 39.7972, 226.147 in the No. 34 Mi-Jack Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, with 2001 Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year Felipe Giaffone third at 39.8353, 225.930 in the No. 21 Hollywood Mo Nunn Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone.

PJ Jones, in just his second day on track with Team Menard, was fourth fastest at 39.8508, 225.842 in the No. 2 Menards/Johns Manville Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone. Jones is substituting for the injured Jaques Lazier.

Bruno Junqueira stayed in the top five for the second consecutive day with a top lap of 39.8627, 225.775 in the No. 34 Target Chip Ganassi Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone. Junqueira was fourth best on Opening Day at 39.6767, 226.833.

1996 IRL co-champion Scott Sharp, fastest on Opening Day at 39.5481, 227.571, did not practice today, citing the unpredictable weather and heavy traffic due to the short session.

“If it had been a nice day, I’m sure we would have gone out at some point in time,” Sharp said. “We thought it would be better to just chill and run tomorrow, hopefully. We’re pretty squared away. There’s always more to learn, always speed to be found, but you’ve also got to do it in the right conditions.”

Twenty-eight drivers in 28 cars combined to turn 744 laps today at the Speedway. Practice resumes at 11 a.m. (EST) Tuesday.

Pole Day is Saturday. The 86th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 26.

Quotes

Results

Rank

Car

Driver

C/E/T

Time

Speed

Lap

Difference

1

3

Castroneves, Helio

D/C/F

39.6972

226.716

18

2

34

Redon, Laurent

D/I/F

39.7972

226.147

25

+0.1000

3

21

Giaffone, Felipe

G/C/F

39.8353

225.930

28

+0.1381

4

2

Jones, PJ

D/C/F

39.8508

225.842

24

+0.1536

5

33

Junqueira, Bruno

G/C/F

39.8627

225.775

10

+0.1655

6

51

Cheever Jr, Eddie

D/I/F

39.9045

225.538

22

+0.2073

7

6

de Ferran, Gil

D/C/F

39.9568

225.243

38

+0.2596

8

22

Brack, Kenny

G/C/F

39.9582

225.235

32

+0.2610

9

98

Boat, Billy

D/C/F

39.9961

225.022

22

+0.2989

10

19T

Vasser, Jimmy

D/C/F

40.0021

224.988

25

+0.3049

11

4

Hornish Jr, Sam

D/C/F

40.1055

224.408

25

+0.4083

12

11

Ray, Greg

D/C/F

40.1130

224.366

23

+0.4158

13

20

Dismore, Mark

D/C/F

40.1344

224.247

15

+0.4372

14

26

Tracy, Paul

D/C/F

40.2504

223.600

28

+0.5532

15

53

Papis, Max

D/I/F

40.2734

223.473

24

+0.5762

16

39

Andretti, Michael

D/C/F

40.3347

223.133

16

+0.6375

17

17

Kanaan, Tony

G/C/F

40.3806

222.879

17

+0.6834

18

14

Dare, Airton

D/C/F

40.4010

222.767

30

+0.7038

19

91

Lazier, Buddy

D/C/F

40.4376

222.565

12

+0.7404

20

27

Franchitti, Dario

D/C/F

40.5662

221.860

21

+0.8690

21

55

Treadway, Rick

G/C/F

40.5730

221.822

16

+0.8758

22

30

Mack, George

G/C/F

40.6105

221.618

28

+0.9133

23

9

Ward, Jeff

G/C/F

40.7051

221.103

5

+1.0079

24

44

Barron, Alex

D/C/F

40.8448

220.346

41

+1.1476

25

7

Unser Jr, Al

D/C/F

40.9985

219.520

15

+1.3013

26

99

Lazzaro, Anthony

D/C/F

41.4125

217.326

10

+1.7153

27

37T

de Vries, John

D/C/F

41.8232

215.192

28

+2.1260

28

12

Hattori, Shigeaki

D/I/F

41.9799

214.388

24

+2.2827

--IMS--

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