Page

Scanner Frequencies

Convert this page to
another language

Latest IRL News and Commentary

Scott Sharp fastest on day 4 at Indy

May 8, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 8, 2002 – Scott Sharp continued to show the consistent speed that helped him win the MBNA Pole for the 2001 Indianapolis 500, as he became the first driver to lead two days of practice for the 86th Indianapolis 500 with a fast lap of 39.4132 seconds, 228.350 mph May 8.

1996 Indy Racing League co-champion Sharp was fastest on Opening Day Sunday with a lap of 39.5481, 227.571 in the No. 8 Delphi Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone.

“We worked on the car to find a little bit of a mile an hour here, a little bit of a mile an hour there,” Sharp said. “With the weather Thursday, it’s possibly going to be rained out, so we said we better make a run for it now to see what our four-lap qualifying run might look like in case we can’t get it in until sometime on Friday.”

Laurent Redon continued his impressive performance in the No. 34 Mi-Jack Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone in today’s rain-delayed practice, ending up second at 39.4658, 228.046. Redon led Tuesday at 39.1631, 229.808 – the fastest lap of the event – and has been in the top five for the last three days.

Defending race champion Helio Castroneves was third at 39.4675, 228.036 in the No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, continuing his consistent performance. Castroneves led Monday at 39.6972, 226.716 and has been in the top five of the final speed chart all four days.

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. was fourth at 39.4998, 227.849 in the No. 7 Corteco/Bryant Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone. Bruno Junqueira rounded out the top five at 39.5060, 227.813 in the No. 33 Target Chip Ganassi Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone.

The start of practice was delayed for the third consecutive day by wet track conditions. Today’s practice started at 2:26 p.m. (EST) after a delay of three hours, 26 minutes.

This was the busiest day of practice so far, with 32 drivers in 36 cars turning 1,312 laps. It also was the closest day of practice, as less than one second separated the top 30 cars.

Young IRL stars Sarah Fisher and Tomas Scheckter made their 2002 Indy debuts today.

Fisher, who announced an Indianapolis 500 program with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing today, recorded a top lap of 40.3998, 222.773 in the No. 23 Team Allegra/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G Force/Infiniti/Firestone. Rookie Scheckter’s best lap was 39.8578, 225.803 in the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone. The Indy Racing League suspended him from the first three days of practice for unsportsmanlike conduct during earlier races this season.

Practice resumes at 11 a.m. (EST) Thursday. Pole Day qualifications start at 11 a.m. (EST) Saturday. The 86th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for 11 a.m. (EST) Sunday, May 26.

Quotes

Results

Rank

Car

Driver

C/E/T

Time

Speed

Lap

Difference

1

8

Sharp, Scott

D/C/F

39.4132

228.350

40

2

34

Redon, Laurent

D/I/F

39.4658

228.046

30

+0.0526

3

3

Castroneves, Helio

D/C/F

39.4675

228.036

21

+0.0543

4

7T

Unser Jr, Al

D/C/F

39.4998

227.849

37

+0.0866

5

33

Junqueira, Bruno

G/C/F

39.5060

227.813

17

+0.0928

6

22

Brack, Kenny

G/C/F

39.5478

227.573

44

+0.1346

7

24

Buhl, Robbie

G/I/F

39.5705

227.442

12

+0.1573

8

21T

Giaffone, Felipe

G/C/F

39.6480

226.998

41

+0.2348

9

21T

Kanaan, Tony

G/C/F

39.6666

226.891

4

+0.2534

10

44

Barron, Alex

D/C/F

39.6746

226.845

39

+0.2614

11

51

Cheever Jr, Eddie

D/I/F

39.7021

226.688

56

+0.2889

12

9

Ward, Jeff

G/C/F

39.7132

226.625

38

+0.3000

13

20

Dismore, Mark

D/C/F

39.7346

226.503

25

+0.3214

14

6

de Ferran, Gil

D/C/F

39.8207

226.013

31

+0.4075

15

4

Hornish Jr, Sam

D/C/F

39.8218

226.007

12

+0.4086

16

52

Scheckter, Tomas

D/I/F

39.8578

225.803

47

+0.4446

17

39

Andretti, Michael

D/C/F

39.8838

225.656

43

+0.4706

18

11

Ray, Greg

D/C/F

39.9595

225.228

26

+0.5463

19

27

Franchitti, Dario

D/C/F

39.9605

225.222

64

+0.5473

20

14

Dare, Airton

D/C/F

39.9855

225.082

51

+0.5723

21

53

Papis, Max

D/I/F

40.0788

224.558

55

+0.6656

22

19

Vasser, Jimmy

D/C/F

40.0894

224.498

15

+0.6762

23

91

Lazier, Buddy

D/C/F

40.0932

224.477

15

+0.6800

24

26

Tracy, Paul

D/C/F

40.0959

224.462

34

+0.6827

25

17

Kanaan, Tony

G/C/F

40.1020

224.428

13

+0.6888

26

5

Luyendyk, Arie

G/C/F

40.1574

224.118

27

+0.7442

27

6T

de Ferran, Gil

D/C/F

40.1877

223.949

5

+0.7745

28

98

Boat, Billy

D/C/F

40.3714

222.930

7

+0.9582

29

55

Treadway, Rick

G/C/F

40.3796

222.885

10

+0.9664

30

23

Fisher, Sarah

G/I/F

40.3998

222.773

29

+0.9866

31

98T

Boat, Billy

D/C/F

40.4128

222.702

23

+0.9996

32

12T

Hattori, Shigeaki

D/I/F

40.7085

221.084

34

+1.2953

33

99

Lazzaro, Anthony

D/C/F

40.7502

220.858

49

+1.3370

34

32

Herbert, Johnny

D/C/F

40.8267

220.444

17

+1.4135

35

55T

Treadway, Rick

G/C/F

40.8380

220.383

11

+1.4248

36

37T

Harrington, Scott

D/C/F

43.1345

208.650

13

+3.7213

37

3T

Castroneves, Helio

D/C/F

81.4279

110.527

2

+42.0147

Quotes

Michael Andretti -- #39 Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone " The car is much better again today. We struggled a little bit in the beginning of the session but we were able to get back on track and make progress. The last run I did was the most comfortable run that
we have done all month. I was able to go flat all the way around the track and I was by myself when we posted our best time today. Even though we aren't the fastest on the charts, we have a realistic understanding of where we are for qualifying and we know we need to find more speed to be comfortably in the race."

Eddie Jones—Chief Engineer ”Today was the continuation of learning about the Dallara and how it responds to changes. We made some significant mechanical changes for today and it took a little while to dial in the car’s balance. Once we did, we ran quite reasonable times on our own. We’ve got a better direction now and I think we need to try some more things on the mechanical setup tomorrow and hopefully get more mechanical grip from the car. We know that will help our overall performance so we are looking forward to a positive day of practice tomorrow.”

Eddie Cheever Jr. on Practice: "We concentrated on the primary Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti today. We tried some different things, some of which will carry through to tomorrow. We are starting to hone in on what we need to do for Saturday. I have no idea what the pole time is going to be. You can't tell if the times turned have been done with tows, and who has done what. The only one I saw today was Junqueira, who did a very fast lap all by himself today. As far as everyone else, I have no idea."

Tomas Scheckter on Practice: "We just worked with the same car we had here in ROP. Again the Red Bull Cheever Racing guys have given me a great car. I am flat out the whole way. The car is really good. We used two sets of tires today. The only thing that was stopping me was that we didn't have long enough gears and it was hitting the rev-limiter. Otherwise, the car was flying. I am very happy with today, we still have loads of tires to use and the car is stuck to the ground. (WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THE PAST THREE DAYS) I have been a spectator with Mr. Unser and Mr. Rutherford. I have learned a lot from them, watching from the outside of the track. I just need to put that to good use on Saturday."

Max Papis on Practice: "Today was actually a very positive day for us. For the first time we had a good amount of time on track. We made some positive improvements. We definitely picked up on the speed with the No. 53 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti. We know exactly where we need to work on the car. We had a little too much downforce on the car, but we are at a good starting point. We have to find a little more speed for Saturday, but the confidence in the car is there."

TONY KANAAN "Thanks to Felipe for making my day ... actually, for making my week. I'm definitely buying him dinner tonight! Actually, we've been struggling a little bit with my car, so I just wanted to give Felipe's back-up car a try to see what we need to do. Within six laps, I got up to within a tenth of a mile an hour of his best lap. So that proves we have some work to do on my car. That's great to finally find the setup we were looking for all week. Now we have a lot of momentum for tomorrow and we can really work toward getting my Hollywood car where we want it to be for qualifying."

FELIPE GIAFFONE "This is great. We've been finding speed every day, and that is the way you want it to be once you get here. The guys prepared my back-up car all day yesterday (Tuesday) and all their hard work really paid off. We went faster than we have all week. It's a real credit to everyone at Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing because this is the first time they've been here as a team and with very little time to run these cars before this month. All of our days of practice have been shortened by rain so far, but we're getting the most out of it. Man, I've used just four sets of tires, total, since we started practice on Sunday. But the cars have been very good, very consistent. Again, that goes back to the crew and the engineers and to Morris (team owner Morris Nunn). We're making improvements little by little. We found that everything was good on my back-up car, and since Tony has been struggling a little bit with his primary car, we decided to give him some laps in my back-up car. He got up to 226 right away, so that proves we have to make his cars like my back-up car. It was very important for Tony to get the feeling for how his car should handle around here. We are a team and we will keep working as a team. That's the only way we're going to keep getting better and to have a shot at a good qualifying result."

Paul Tracy -- #26 Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone "Today was very frustrating for everyone on the Team Green 7-Eleven car. We want to go quicker but we just can't seem to find what it's going to take to make that happen. We have to keep working at it to try and get faster, but also to get a comfortable car. My car was pretty tough to drive today and I don't want to get into a bad rhythm since the car is so nervous right now. I think the best thing for me is to clear my head and go out tomorrow with a clean slate and pretend like it's our first day at the Speedway."

Dario Franchitti -- #27 Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone "We're getting closer and closer. We did long runs today learning more about the race setup as well as some practice for qualifying. We need to get the car better in both regards but we are getting there. We still don't have a lot of experience at the Speedway and every time we go out we're learning something new. We are learning what the wind does, how the temperature affects the track and other things but Team Green 7-Eleven still has to learn more to get comfortable for qualifying and the race."

Jimmy Vasser (#19 Miller Lite- Dallara/Chevrolet on Firestone tires) -"We tried some stuff with the chassis today. We have been experiencing with a lot of components this week. We had our baseline setup on the first day and the car was really solid in all of the corners. Now it's been a variety of things to get more comfortable. And to be honest, some things have worked and some definitely haven't. But when you have a week to learn about things, you have to try every angle. But now it's time to settle in and improve on what you like as a driver and will work best. I haven't been hunting for any tows (drafts) out there and a lot of guys have using them. When the track goes green, everyone seems to go out in big clumps. That produces the higher speeds. We'll see how they shake out when they run by themselves like in qualifying."  

--IMS--

Go to our forums to discuss this article

Editor's Desk

Is it sport, or a P.T. Barnum show?

IRL at Fontana - a victim of friendly fire

CART's 2003 race venues #1 in the world

Meet the Gonzalez brothers

ISC is making enemies in Miami

And the 2002 CART Champion will be...

A wakeup call for CART and the IRL

Chris Pook  making all the right moves

Promoting a race - Adelaide topped them all

AUTOCOURSE is THE CART Yearbook to have

Has anyone noticed?

Should CART race in Adelaide?

Remembering Bob Estes

2002 will be a critical year for Pook and for CART

Tongue-In-Cheek, we take out the crystal ball again

CART & IRL - it's becoming clearer now where we're going

CART & ALMS - Two Birds of a Feather?

What's the holdup on Chris Pook?

Will CART get Shanghaied?

2002 CART season shaping up just fine

CART Franchise Board fails to ratify new engines

Is Ginger just what the doctored ordered for Alex Zanardi

Vannini plays hardball with Forsythe

Spotlight on Mexico City

Is Premier1 positioned where CART should be?

Has the Gonzalo Rodriguez lawsuit turned in CART's favor?

Jim Russell Advanced Racing Course - Learning to race

CART - a stranger in a strange land

German 500 - measuring the media impact

CART N/A Engine/Car Update

An in-depth interview with Jonathan Vannini

Comparing CART and F1

Vannini advocates major overhaul to rescue CART series

Engines - There, that was easy, now let's get on with the racing

Americans don't realize what they have in CART

A proposed solution to CART's engine dilemma

Ford Cosworth opens its doors

Bullish on CART

A German's first-time CART experience

My thoughts on a variety of CART issues - by Jon Vannini

AutoRacing1 Exclusive - Is Shanghai in CART's future?

As CART goes global, what about its sponsors?

If Mexico City will get 350,000, would India get 400,000?

The inevitable globalization of CART

CART's new TV deal - don't put the CART before the horse

CART in China - Why Shanghai is the best venue

Rockingham is ready for CART.  Is CART ready for Rockingham?

Beating a dead horse.  Where's my fork?

Successful CART Venues - It takes two to tango

Setting the record straight on CART's German 500

Rebuilding CART from the grassroots up!

Could this be the break Gidley has been waiting for?

CART, ALMS or NASCAR extravaganza weekends

A true global vision will serve CART well

A proposal for CART and IRL to coexist peacefully

The Triple Crown - a proposal for CART's success

650HP, 750HP, 850HP, it doesn't seem to matter

Movie Review: DRIVEN

Ryan Arciero hopes to continue family dynasty

CART & IRL, a missed opportunity

Things are happening at CART

CART' Data Acquisition Systems - there's a new kid on the block.

CART's next moves will be crucial.

The greatest Long Beach GP of all-time.

CART & IRL - close, and yet so far.

CART Engines, if it ain't broke, don't fix it

And the 2001 CART Champion will be....

The HANS Device saved my fathers life

Soft walls or soft cars?

Safety- It's going to take more than just magic to fix

CART vs. IRL, Hatfields vs. McCoys

DRIVEN is CART's best chance to become mainstream

Is CART's problem really a lack of American's?

CART vs. NASCAR - TV Coverage

Perhaps CART need look no further than NASCAR to understand that the Bubbas' rule auto racing

Book review - Autocourse 2000/2001

Do heroes make a sport, or does a sport make heroes?

To-Do-List, for CART's new President

 Lawsuits, Will Greg Moore's final legacy to racing be more than one of "spirit"? 

Tire Warmers, an idea whose time has come

Branding CART and their race cars

Will CART's next leader be a corporate visionary?

Addressing CART's TV issues

CART, do you know who you are?

Will CART miss this boat too, - Destined to forever race in the shadows of NASCAR?

Lights to IRL Specs - Why the new Indy Lights cars should meet IRL specs

Soft Walls - drivers take a stand while you still can

Sigma team - ready to do combat in CART

CART Fan Forum - Highlights from CART's very first Fan Forum

Warren Hughes - A name to remember

CART restarts - NASCAR Style

Mario Andretti Tribute - America's Driver of the Century

Shift w/o Lift - How it works

Aerodynamics - CART's chance to make progressive changes

CART's HP dilemma

Soft Walls - Finally, a safer wall system

Buddy Rice deserves a shot at Champ Cars

Choices, Choices, we rate possible new CART venues

CART must avoid Detroit's politics

10 ways for CART to invest $100 million

Montoya and Ganassi do CART proud at Indy

Welcome to AutoRacing1.com

A year of progress shapes Rockingham

A solution for CART's franchise dilemma

Lausitzring nears completion, fighting hard to win CART date

Paul Tracy keeps his Kool, wins LBGP for 2nd time

What is an American driver?

Warming up at Nazareth

172 mph in a Champ Car is the ultimate adrenaline rush

Standing Start Rules proposed standing start rules for CART

Standing Starts are they right for CART

e-mail us:
contacts@autoracing1.com

Back to the top

AutoRacing1 is an independent internet online publication and is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed by CART Inc., NASCAR, FIA,  FedEx, Winston, or any other series sponsor. This material may not be published, broadcast, or redistributed without permission.
User agreement & disclaimer

Copyright 1999 - 2001, AutoRacing1, Inc., Hamilton, NJ