Itest In The West:/I Afternoon Update

After a midday break, the Test in the West resumed Friday afternoon, and Sam Hornish Jr. and Pennzoil Panther Racing proved to be the team to beat.

Hornish had the top lap of the day at 176.5537 mph (20.3904 seconds), about three-quarters of a mph shy of Greg Ray’s track record. Hornish, replacing Scott Goodyear in Panther’s No. 4 machine, has lapped Phoenix International Raceway’s 1-mile oval more than 40 times. Hornish also led the morning session.

Rookie Felipe Giaffone turned in an impressive lap of 173.1827 mph (20.7873). Defending Indy Racing Northern Light Series champion Buddy Lazier was more than a half second behind Hornish at 171.4686 mph (20.9951) for third spot. Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves held down the fourth position at 170.9954 mph (21.0532). Castroneves’ teammate, CART champion Gil de Ferran, was the slowest of the 11 cars on the track with a 161.6887 mph (22.265) lap.

Rookie Galles Racing driver Didier Andre has yet to take practice laps. Eddie Cheever Jr. and Robbie Buhl also have remained on the sidelines.

Hornish Jr. has been the workhorse of the day, running more than 100 laps.

Top speeds:
Sam Hornish, 176.5537
Felipe Giaffone, 173.1827 mph
Buddy Lazier, 171.4686
Helio Castroneves, 170.9954
Sarah Fisher, 170.3610
Al Unser Jr., 170.2289
Stephan Gregoire, 170.2160
Airton Dare, 169.9813
Stan Wattles, 169.5051
Greg Ray, 166.4147
Gil de Ferran, 164.5135

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Saturday, October 19, 2013
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