Speeds Rise with Temperature at Kentucky Speedway. Two Drivers Top 218 MPH in IRL Testing
August 25, 2000 Fridays first official test for the Belterra Resorts Indy 300 showed that Kentucky Speedway will yield a fast race in the Indy Racing Leagues first run on the track. Also on Friday, the field for the Blue Grass Quality Meats 200 was expanded to 39 cars in a second round of qualifying.
The IRLs Buddy Lazier (No. 91 Delta Faucet/Coors Light/Tae-Bo/Hemelgarn Racing Dallara Oldsmobile) turned the fastest lap of the day on the 1.5-mile tri-oval at a speed of 218.774 miles per hour in 24.6835 seconds. Lazier, who holds the series points lead by 22 points entering this weekend, hit the top speed of the day during the afternoon practice session. He also had the top speed in the morning practice at 217.768 miles per hour.
It was a good afternoon for me, Lazier said. We came here to test for three days (earlier this summer), and it rained all three days. The guys have worked really hard to get us ready.
Indy Racing League Rookie Sarah Fisher (No. 15 Walker Racing Cummins Special Dallara Oldsmobile) also topped 218 miles per hour in the afternoon practice session with a lap of 24.7234 seconds (218.420 mph). Fisher had the fastest lap during the July 1 testing session when she turned a lap at 218.517 miles per hour.
Qualifying for the Belterra Resort Indy 300 will be held on Saturday beginning at 12:15 p.m.
Fourteen cars were added to the field for Saturdays ARCA Blue Grass Quality Meats 200, including five provisionals. Joe Cooksey led the second round of qualifying with a lap of 33.341 seconds (161.963 mph) in his No. 51 SunSpeed.net-Maurtco Motorsports Chevrolet. He had qualified the 11th position in Thursdays first round, but will start 26th after his qualifying run on Sunday.
We had to change an engine this morning. We had to re-qualify, but were the fastest second round qualifier, said Cooksey. Well take that and do the best we can with it and hopefully move up through the field.
The ARCA Blue Grass Quality Meats 200 begins at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Kentucky Speedway. The Belterra Resorts Indy 300 starts at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets for both races are available by calling 1-888-652-RACE.