Rookie Renna Tops Irl Practice Session
Rookie Tony Renna was the fastest in a blistering morning practice session for the Indy Racing League drivers on Saturday at Kentucky Speedway. Renna was one of 14 drivers to turn laps in practice that were faster than the Kentucky Speedway qualifying record of 219.191 mph.
Kelley Racing's Renna (No. 78 Kruse Special Dallara Chevrolet) topped the field with a lap of 222.707 mph during the first practice session before Sunday's Belterra Casino Indy 300. Earlier this week, Renna was added as third entry to the Kelley Racing Team that includes Al Unser, Jr. and Scott Sharp.
Renna filled in for Unser, Jr. in the No. 13 Corteco/Bryant Dallara Chevrolet while he completed a substance abuse counseling program. Renna finished 10th at Nashville and fourth at Michigan in the substitute role.
Sarah Fisher (No. 23 Team Smart Blade/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G Force Infiniti), who finished third in the inaugrual "Belterra Casino Indy 300" in 2000, and Tomas Scheckter (No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara Infiniti) also topped 222 mph during the Saturday morning practice. Fisher was second-fastest with a lap of 222.304 mph, while Scheckter hit 222.096 mph. Scheckter drove to his first win 2002 at Michigan in the last series event.
The first practice session also showed a different line for racing for the Indy Racing League drivers. With the resurfacing of the track in April, IRL drivers were consistently driving a lower line, helping them turn quicker laps.
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.