IRL, Indy 500: Greg Ray Practice Notes
19 May 1999Greg Ray
#2 Glidden-Menards Dallara/Aurora/Firestone
Practice Notes/Quotes - Tuesday, May 18, 1999
The 83rd Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
In another rain-shortened day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Greg Ray dusted off another car from the Team Menard arsenal and was quick to bring it up to speed. After driving the primary #2 Glidden-Menards Dallara/Aurora/ Firestone entry to a lap of 223.214 mph, he recorded his first laps in the primary #32 Glidden-Menards Dallara/Aurora/Firestone entry. Within four laps, the first for that car this week, Ray was within one-thousandth of a second in lap time and an average speed of 223.209 mph. Those fast laps were good enough for fourth- and fifth-best overall at the Speedway today. Scott Goodyear topped the charts at 223.842 mph. Ray's modern-day IRL track record run of 225.887 mph in the #2 Glidden-Menards car on Saturday still stands as the fastest in practice. Practice resumes Wednesday with Pole Day qualifying set for Saturday (May 22).
GREG RAY - "Today was primarily an exercise and not a speed assault. The big victory for us was that we finally ran our third car and now we have three cars withing spitting distance of each other in speed. That just confirms that whatever we do to one car can be replicated in another, and then another. What a tribute to the everyone on this Glidden-Menards team. The conditions were different yet again, which made it interesting. The wind was blowing from a different direction. We accomplished some of our goals for the day. We were going to take Wednesday off, but now, with the rain delay (2 hours at the start of the day), that remains to be seen."