Sunday, May 11, 2003

Dixon's blazing lap washed out at Indy



The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - Scott Dixon was primed and ready for Indianapolis 500 pole qualifying Saturday when the rain started falling.

The Indy rookie turned a lap of 233.236 mph in a practice halted by the wet weather that eventually forced postponement of the opening round of time trials until today.

That sizzling lap in cool, still, almost perfect conditions was the fastest on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2 1/2-mile oval since Arie Luyendyk hit the unofficial record of 239.260 in practice in 1996, the last year the Indy Racing League allowed turbocharged engines.

"Our car was pretty good by itself," the unflappable 22-year-old from New Zealand said. "We ran about a 232 by ourselves out there, but that lap toward the end got a tow from another car."

Dixon, driving a Toyota-powered G Force for Chip Ganassi Racing, went above 230 for the first time Wednesday The fast lap Saturday definitely made Dixon, who won the season opener in Homestead, Fla., in his IRL debut, one of the favorites to win the pole for the May 25 race.

Robby Gordon was close behind at 232.959, followed by Tony Kanaan at 231.961, rookie Dan Wheldon at 231.955, Gil de Ferran at 231.288, 1999 race winner Kenny Brack at 231.258 and two-time defending Indy champion Helio Castroneves at 231.194.

CART: Sebastien Bourdais, a 24-year-old French rookie, won the pole for today's race at Klettwitz, Germany. It's the third pole in five races for Bourdais, who will be going for his second straight victory after winning Monday at Brands Hatch in England.

Bourdais clocked a track-record 37 seconds on the 2.023-mile course at an average speed of 196.832 mph.

Two-time CART champion Alex Zanardi, who had his legs amputated above the knee in a gruesome crash here 20 months ago, will drive 13 "ceremonial laps" today.

BUSCH SERIES: Scott Riggs raced to his third series victory, taking the Charter Pipeline 250 when Mike Bliss ran out of fuel on the final lap. Bliss finished 12th.

David Green finished second, 0.543 seconds behind Riggs to take a five-point lead over Todd Bodine in the season standings.

Lineups/results

Busch results

Charter Pipeline 250

At Gateway International Raceway

Madison, Ill.

Lap length: 1.25 miles

1. (8) Scott Riggs, Ford, 200, $68,045.

2. (14) David Green, Pontiac, 200, $49,850.

3. (3) Jason Keller, Ford, 200, $42,435.

4. (21) Brian Vickers, Chevrolet, 200, $38,550.

5. (12) Bobby Hamilton Jr., Ford, 200, $29,875.

6. (4) Stacy Compton, Chevrolet, 200, $28,825.

7. (10) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 200, $33,025.

8. (20) Scott Wimmer, Chevrolet, 200, $32,325.

9. (11) Stanton Barrett, Ford, 200, $32,125.

10. (7) Kenny Wallace, Chevrolet, 200, $22,425.

11. (16) Todd Bodine, Chevrolet, 200, $26,225.

12. (6) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 200, $24,845.

13. (13) Shane Hmiel, Chevrolet, 199, $24,950.

14. (18) David Stremme, Dodge, 199, $23,450.

15. (35) Joey Clanton, Chevrolet, 199, $22,825.

16. (17) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 198, $24,195.

17. (22) Kerry Earnhardt, Chevy, 198, $24,070.

18. (25) Ron Young, Chevrolet, 198, $21,945.

19. (24) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 198, $21,820.

20. (23) Jason Schuler, Ford, 197, $22,495.

21. (30) Kenny Hendrick, Pontiac, 197, $19,550.

22. (28) Larry Gunselman, Chevy, 195, $21,445.

23. (29) Jason White, Ford, 195, $19,605.

24. (36) John Hayden, Chevrolet, 193, $19,150.

25. (40) Brian Weber, Chevrolet, 193, $19,125.

26. (31) Justin Ashburn, Pontiac, 192, $18,900.

27. (37) J.R. Robbs, Chevrolet, 191, $18,775.

28. (2) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevy, 183, $24,420.

29. (19) Chad Blount, Dodge, 182, $22,545.

30. (34) Mike Harmon, Chevrolet, 174, $18,500.

31. (5) Kasey Kahne, Ford, 173, accident

32. (15) Kevin Grubb, Dodge, 159, engine failure

33. (1) Ashton Lewis Jr., Chevrolet, 158

34. (38) Chris Bingham, Ford, 118, brakes

35. (9) Randy LaJoie, Chevrolet, 105, accident

36. (33) Coy Gibbs, Chevrolet, 103, accident

37. (32) Brad Teague, Ford, 103, oil leak

38. (41) Jeff Streeter, Chevrolet, 90, transmission

39. (27) Steadman Marlin, Dodge, 77, electrical

40. (39) Mike Potter, Ford, 33, brakes, $17,460.

41. (26) Josh Richeson, Ford, 0, engine failure

Caution Flags: 6 for 49 laps.

Top 10 in Points: D. Green - 1,486; T. Bodine - 1,481; S. Hmiel - 1,436; S. Riggs - 1,413; J. Keller - 1,387; R. Hornaday Jr. - 1,378.

ARCA results

Channel 5-205

At Ky. Speedway

1. (4) Kyle Busch, Chevrolet, 137 laps

2. (1) Frank Kimmel, Ford, 137.

3. (2) Matt Hagans, Dodge, 137.

4. (5) Shelby Howard, Dodge, 137.

5. (6) Jason Jarrett, Chevrolet, 137.

6. (8) Mark Gibson, Chevrolet, 137.

7. (14) Joe Cooksey, Chevrolet, 136.

8. (10) Michael Simko, Pontiac, 136.

9. (17) Ron Cox, Chevrolet, 136.

10. (16) Billy Venturini, Chevrolet, 136.

11. (19) Mike Langston, Ford, 135.

12. (91) Christi Passmore, Ford, 135.

13. (21) Andy Belmont, Ford, 135.

14. (26) Keith Murt, Chevrolet, 135.

15. (20) Greg Sarff, Ford, 135.

16. (27) Todd Bowsher, Ford, 133.

17. (18) Brett Oakley, Chevrolet, 133.

18. (37) Dan Shaver, Pontiac, 133.

19. (29) Darrel Krentz, Ford, 133.

20. (36) Carl McCormick, Ford, 132.

21. (25) Kim Crosby, Chevrolet, 132.

22. (23) Darrell Basham, Chevrolet, 132.

23. (30) Jerry Middleton, Chevrolet, 130.

24. (34) Mike Buckley, Chevrolet, 130.

25. (15) Mike Burg, Chevrolet, 129.

26. (31) Brad Smith, Ford, 128.

27. (33) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 124.

28. (24) Jamie Mosley, Pontiac, 74, engine.

29. (13) Bill Eversole, Chevrolet, 74, electrical.

30. (9) A.J. Henriksen, Ford, 59, electrical.

31. (11) Chase Montgomery, Chevy, 53, engine.

32. (28) Brian Conz, Chevrolet, 51, clutch.

33. (7) Deborah Renshaw, Ford, 49, valve spring.

34. (3) Brent Sherman, Ford, 44, engine.

35. (35) Chuck Weber, Chevrolet, 39, engine.

36. (32) Randy VanZant, Pontiac, 38, accident.

37. (22) Vern Slagh, Dodge, 24, handling.

38. (38) Mike Koch, Chevrolet, 5, overheating.

CART lineup

German 500

Race today

1. (2) Sebastien Bourdais, Ford-Cosworth/Lola, 37.000, 196.832.

2. (1) Bruno Junqueira, Ford-Cosworth/Lola, 37.211, 195.716.

3. (9) Michel Jourdain Jr., Ford-Cosworth/Lola, 37.274, 195.386.

4. (34) Mario Haberfeld, Ford-Cosworth/Reynard, 37.392, 194.769.

5. (15) Darren Manning, Ford-Cosworth/Reynard, 37.532, 194.042.

6. (55) Mario Dominguez, Ford-Cosworth/Lola, 37.690, 193.229.

7. (20) Oriol Servia, Ford-Cosworth/Lola, 37.702, 193.167.

8. (5) Rodolfo Lavin, Ford-Cosworth/Reynard, 37.717, 193.091.

9. (33) Alex Tagliani, Ford-Cosworth/Lola, 37.732, 193.014.

10. (27) Patrick Lemarie, Ford-Cosworth/Lola, 37.806, 192.636.

11. (12) Jimmy Vasser, Ford-Cosworth/Reynard, 37.911, 192.103.

12. (4) Roberto Moreno, Ford-Cosworth/Lola, 38.057, 191.366.

13. (11) Alex Yoong, Ford-Cosworth/Lola, 38.152, 190.889.

14. (7) Tiago Monteiro Ford-Cosworth/Reynard, 38.196, 190.669.

15. (31) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ford-Cosworth/Reynard, 38.220, 190.549.

16. (3) Paul Tracy, Ford-Cosworth/Lola, 38.244, 190.430.

17. (32) Patrick Carpentier, Ford-Cosworth/Lola, 38.286, 190.221.

18. (19) Joel Camathias, Ford-Cosworth/Lola, 38.558, 188.879.




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