Sams The Man In Friday Practice
May 18, 2007 | 6:08 P.M. EST
Hornish recorded the fastest lap of the day, 39.990 seconds, 225.006 mph, driving his back-up car. Scott Dixon was second fastest with a lap of 224.458 mph, also in a back-up car.
"It was a nice day out there today, and tomorrow's going to be even better," said Hornish. "We're going to put the car away early today and come back out tomorrow to work on it a bit more. We feel pretty good with the Team Penske car thus far, but we know we have to get it exactly right before Race Day because there's no room for error at the Indy 500."
Andretti Green Racing teammates Tony Kanaan, Dario Franchitti and Marco Andretti rounded out the top five.
Another Andretti, Panther Racing's John Andretti was the fastest among drivers who have not yet qualified for the 33-car field. Andretti's top lap was 222.830 mph.
"That lap is without a tow," said John Andretti. "I'm pretty happy with where the car's at. Just have a couple things I want to do for me, feel-wise. They're on it, I wish we could line up today and get it out of the way. One thing is if you're qualified, the other is if you're qualifying. I'd like to be on Ed's (Carpenter) program right now, which is race stuff, but after two days, today was awesome."
Roger Yasukawa, Marty Roth, rookie Phil Giebler, two-time "500" winner Al Unser Jr. and Jon Herb also were non-qualified drivers who turned laps faster than 220 mph.