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MAY 3, 2005

 

First Indy Test - Preparing for the 500 Weekend

 

CHRIS FESTA (No. 19 SpacePak/CareCentric/SSM Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It went pretty well. It took a little longer than we wanted to get up to speed. But once we did and we started running, we started ticking off a little faster, a little faster each time out. We made some real progress on the car, so when we come back at the end of the month, it will be a lot better for us, and we'll have a good starting package. I figured the line out around this track at the end of the day. I won't have to do that when we come back. All we will have to do is adjust the car for the condition of the track at that time."

 

IPS test times from Indy  Fifteen Menards Infiniti Pro Series cars will participate in today's test. Sixteen drivers are present. Ten of those drivers have never driven on the 2.5-mile oval at IMS (Mishael Abbott, Marco Andretti, Nick Bussell, Jaime Camara, Wade Cunningham, Chris Festa, Travis Gregg, Imran Husain, German Quiroga and Al Unser). Husain and Quiroga have never competed in a race in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series.
 

A total of 1,415 incident-free laps were turned during the one-day test. Festa turned 147 laps, or 367.5 miles, more than any other driver.

 

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY OPEN TEST PRACTICE 1 MENARDS INFINITI PRO SERIES RESULTS
Pos No Driver Name Best Time Best Speed
1 1 Jamie Camara 47.2568   190.449
2 33 Wade Cunningham 47.3661 190.009
3 19 Chris Festa 47.3854  189.932
4 26 Marco Andretti 47.4001 189.873
5 4 Marty Roth 47.4961  189.489
6 7 Travis Gregg 47.5423 189.305
7 20 Jay Drake 47.9839 187.563
8 24 Jeff Simmons 48.0334   187.370
9 3 Al Unser 48.0739  187.212
10 21 Nick Bussell 48.0900 187.149
11 6 Jon Herb 48.3286 186.225
12 11 German Quiroga 48.3981 185.958
13 23 Taylor Fletcher 48.4045 185.933
14 11 Tom Wood 48.4996  185.569
15 91 Mishael Abbott 48.5762  185.276
16 36 Imran Husian 48.8877  184.095

The Menards Infiniti Pro Series drivers will return to IMS on Thursday, May 26 for practice and qualifying for the third annual Futaba Freedom 100. The 100-mile race starts at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) on Miller Lite Carb Day, Friday, May 27.