Fisher Leads Fastest Irl Practice Session
The second practice session for this weekend's "Belterra Casino Indy 300" at Kentucky Speedway was even faster than the first, with Sarah Fisher leading 19 drivers to laps faster than the record qualifying speed. A total of five drivers topped out at over 222 mph.
Fisher (No. 23 Team Smart Blade/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G Force Infiniti) led a group of Infiniti powered machines that occupied four of the top-five spots in the session. Fisher, who finished third in the inaugural IRL race at Kentucky in 2000, had the fastest lap in practice 222.447 mph. She was second-fastest in the morning practice session with a fastest lap of 222.304 mph.
Tomas Scheckter, third in the morning session, moved up one position after pushing his No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara Infiniti to its fastest lap of 222.244 mph, while 19 eclipsed the track record qualifying speed of 219.191 mph. He was followed by teammate Buddy Rice who turned a fastest lap of 222.232 mph. The teammates qualified on the front row for the series last event at Michigan.
Billy Boat (No. 98 Curb Records Dallara Infiniti) piloted the fourth fastest Infiniti machine to a fastest lap time of 222.141 mph. Two-time "Belterra Casino Indy 300" champion Buddy Lazier, seventh in the morning session, closed out the second session with the fifth fastest lap of 222.111 mph.
After being fastest in morning practice, Tony Renna (No. 78 Kruse Special Dallara Chevrolet) dropped to 22nd in the mid-day session.
Racing action continues later today at Kentucky Speedway on 84 WHAS 150 & Pole Day when the green flag drops for the "84 WHAS 150" NASCAR Hills Bros. All Pro Series race at 2:00 p.m. Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series and Indy Racing League MBNA Pole Qualifying for Sunday's "Belterra Casino Indy 300" follow.
Gates open at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday and the first 15,000 fans to enter will receive an IRL bobblehead of either two-time "Belterra Casino Indy 300" champion Buddy Lazier, 2001 IRL Champion Sam Hornish, Jr., or Al Unser, Jr. The Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series leads off the day's action when it contests "The Kentucky 100" at 11:00 a.m. "The Belterra Casino Indy 300" follows at 1:30 p.m. Tickets for all events are still available and can be purchased in five easy ways:
- By phone at 1-888-652-RACE
- On the World Wide Web at www.kentuckyspeedway.com
- In person at either the speedway's Ft. Mitchell ticket office or at the Kentucky Speedway Fan Center off Ky. Hwy. 35 in Sparta, Ky.
- At Tickets.com and all Tickets.com retail outlets located in Greater Cincinnati
area Meijer Hader Hardware and Play-It-Again Sports stores.
- In person at all Greater Cincinnati AAA locations.