IRL IndyCar Test in the West Race Report

2/7/2003 10:47:20 PM

 

IRL IndyCar "Test in the West"

Practice Report

Circuit:

Phoenix International Raceway (1.0-mile oval) Avondale, AZ

Weather:

Clear, mild, 64-degrees F

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Combined Practice Report:

Ps. Driver
Team
Manufacturer
Lap Time
Average Speed

1. Helio Castroneves

Team Penske
Toyota
20.465
175.907 mph

2. Kenny Brack

Team Rahal
Honda
20.496
175.641 mph

3. Felipe Giaffone

Mo Nunn Racing
Toyota
20.523
175.408 mph

4. Tomas Scheckter

Chip Ganassi Racing
Toyota
20.603
174.733 mph

5. Tony Kanaan

Andretti Green Racing
Honda
20.634
174.463 mph

6. Dario Franchitti

Andretti Green Racing
Honda
20.646
174.362 mph

7. Michael Andretti

Andretti Green Racing
Honda
20.678
174.094 mph

8. Gil de Ferran

Team Penske
Toyota
20.682
174.068 mph

9. Sam Hornish

Panther Racing
Chevrolet
20.751
173.484 mph

10. Tora Takagi

Mo Nunn Racing
Toyota
20.754
173.461 mph

11. Scott Sharp

Kelley Racing
Toyota
20.769
173.334 mph

12. Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing
Toyota
20.804
173.040 mph

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18. Roger Yasukawa

Super Aguri Fernandez
Honda
21.083
170.735 mph

Brack Battles for Top Spot at "Test in the West"

Team Rahal's Kenny Brack, who made his IRL debut here in 1997, was in the thick of the contest for bragging rights today as the IndyCar "Test in the West" continued at Phoenix International Raceway.

The former IRL series champion (1998) and 1999 Indy 500 race winner led the 19-car field in the first of two timed sessions with a speed of 175.641 mph around the short Phoenix oval. He failed to improve on that time in the afternoon session but still ended the day second overall.

The Andretti Green Racing trio of Tony Kanaan, Dario Franchitti and Michael Andretti are also featured in the results, running fifth through seventh on the day.

Roger Yasukawa had his morning practice cut short by a mechanical problem aboard his Super Aguri Fernandez Racing Honda, then came back to turn the 17th best time in the afternoon, 18th on the day. Andretti Green rookie Dan Wheldon is not taking part in this portion of Test in the West, as the Briton is not scheduled to compete at this event, the second round in the 2003 IRL IndyCar Championship, March 21-23.

Today's action was the first of two test days at this desert southwest oval, which concludes at 4 p.m. MST tomorrow. The 19-car field also tested earlier this week at the ultra-quick California Speedway, where Kanaan and Franchitti finished third and fourth, respectively.

Kenny Brack (#15 Miller Lite/Pioneer Team Rahal Honda) 2nd fastest overall, fastest in the morning practice: "It was a pretty good day for us. We tested here once earlier this winter, so we unloaded off the truck with a pretty good idea of what we wanted to do today. We're still learning about the new Honda IRL engine and the latest Dallara chassis, the cars are different from when I raced in the IRL in the late 1990s. But we are gaining more and more information as we get ready for the season opener in Homestead [Florida] next month."