Itest In The West:/I Final Practice

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The green flag for the final practice of the Test in the West was delayed more than an hour to clear the front straightaway of the more than 1,200 fans who lined up for autographs from the Indy Racing drivers.

When they finally began Sam Hornish Jr. once again led early, only to be topped by Greg Ray at the end of the session. Ray ran 67 laps Saturday but produced the fastest lap of the day on his last run.

Despite being fast all weekend, Hornish wants more. “We're still looking for more speed,” he said. “The car is very consistent where it's at, but if we pick up more speed, then we'll be looking good for the race."

Ray, on the other hand, saved the best for last coming from behind to take over the top spot. Mechanical problems had hampered his efforts in previous sessions.

“I wasn't happy at all yesterday,” Ray explained. “This morning was better. We just kept massaging it and massaging it to the point where I was happy with the balance and the feel. I'm happy with keeping that balance in race trim and qualifying trim.”

In the morning, Hornish Jr. piloted his Panther Pennzoil Dallara Oldsmobile to a fast lap of 174.578 mph just edging out defending champion Buddy Lazier.

Stephan Gregoire, who was fastest is the afternoon session Friday, was third on the speed charts this morning with a fast time of 20.7424 seconds. Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves was fourth at 172.574 mph and Sara Fisher was fifth at 172.078 mph.

For the second day in a row CART champion Gil de Ferran ran only a limited number of laps and had the slowest time of the cars that took the track. Other times of note include Al Unser jr. who was seventh (21.1885), tenth place finisher Ray (21.402) and Eddie Cheever Jr. (21.4073).

Morning Test Speeds:
Sam Hornish Jr., 174.578
Buddy Lazier, 173.585
Stephan Gregoire, 173.558
Helio Castroneves, 172.574
Sara Fisher, 172.078
Airton Dare, 171.701
Al Unser Jr., 169.903
Robbie Buhl, 169.432
Stan Wattles, 169.063
Greg Ray, 168.209
Eddie Cheever Jr., 168.167
Casey Mears, 159.693
Gil de Ferran, 129.042

Overall Test Speeds:
Stephan Gregoire, 176.808
Sam Hornish Jr., 176.554
Greg Ray, 174.906
Helio Castroneves, 174.412
Buddy Lazier, 174.404
Sarah Fisher, 174.016
Felipe Giaffone, 173.725
Airton Dare, 172.280
Eddie Cheever, 172.236
Al Unser Jr., 171.955
Stan Wattles, 171.659
Robbie Buhl, 171.066
Gil de Ferran, 170.079
Casey Mears, 165.700

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Auto Club 500

@ Auto Club Speedway
Saturday, October 19, 2013
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