Practice Resumes At Indy
May 14, 2003 | 12:02 A.M. EST
Bump Day, the final day of qualifications, is set for Sunday, May 18. Nine spots remain open for the “500” field after Saturday’s MBNA Pole Qualifying was rained out and cold, windy weather conditions Sunday limited track time for some teams.
Notable drivers such as 1998 MBNA Pole Award winner Billy Boat and A.J. Foyt Racing driver Shigeaki Hattori are not yet qualified.
Rookie Tora Takagi led practice May 14 for the 87th Indianapolis 500, one of two drivers surpassing 229 mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Takagi, who qualified seventh for the race, turned a top lap of 39.1809 seconds, 229.704 mph in the No. 12 Pioneer Mo Nunn Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone.
"Obviously, we’re happy with P1 today," said Takagi. "The most important thing I wanted to get started doing today was working on my race setup and to begin fine-tuning the car and the way it acts in traffic. We got some good data on how my car runs in traffic, but we have a lot more work to do. It seemed like every time I was catching up to other cars, the crew had to call me into the pits. My fast lap was on my own, and I feel good about how the car runs when I am on my own. But the most important thing, obviously, is to have a good-handling car in traffic. My teammate Felipe (Giaffone) worked out some problems today that he was having last week, so he had a good day, too. Now we can really work together both with our engineers and out on the racetrack."