Crown Point’s Logan Gomez will start ninth …

Posted: May 24, 2008 in Uncategorized

Speedway Sightings …

By: Wm. LaDow
Daily Trackside Reports from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Published in the Post-Tribune — May 23, 2008
Speedway, Indiana

The sound of engines returned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday as the Firestone Indy Lights Series went through practice and qualifications for today’s running of the Firestone Freedom 100.

Dillon Battistini in the No. 15 Panther Racing entry recorded a two-lap average of 188.397 mph on the 2 and 1/2-mile oval to make his first Firestone Indy Lights start at IMS.

“It’s probably the most challenging oval that I’ve driven,” said Battistini, who won the season-opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway. “It goes really quick, and you have to be really accurate and try not to lose your concentration.”

James Davison in the No. 11 Lifelock/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car will start in second after posting an average of 188.390 mph.

Wade Cunningham, in the Royal Spa/Brian Stewart Racing No 33 car will start in third.

Ana Beatriz captured her fourth consecutive top-five start with an average of 187.875 mph in the No. 20 Healthy Choice/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car.

“It’s just really fun to race here and I hope to continue doing well in the season,” said Beatriz, who was third at St. Petersburg.

The final qualifier of the day was Crown Point’s Logan Gomez in the Menards entry for Guthrie Racing. His two-lap average of 187.053 mph put him on the inside of the fifth row and was the best qualifier of four Guthrie Racing entries.

“The Menards car was stuck to the track,” Gomez said. “We specifically worked on a race setup, so that’s what we qualified with.”

The top seven qualifiers were separated by less than half a second

Gasoline Alley Notes

Sarah Fisher Racing announced that will serve as the team’s primary sponsor for her No. 67 entry. is replacing ResQ and Gravity Entertainment, who reneged on their agreement as the team primary sponsor in just the last few weeks. “I can’t express how emotional I feel at this point and time,” Fisher said. “I realize this is a gift with only 72 hours left before the race.”

LONG BEACH ON BOARD: The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach (GPALB) and the Indy Racing League, the sanctioning body for the IndyCar Series, have agreed to a five-year contract that will have the cars and stars of the IndyCar Series racing on the streets of Long Beach beginning next year through 2013.

Also, Michael Andretti informed guests at the annual Indianapolis Motor Speedway gathering of the Michael Andretti Foundation that Andretti Green Promotions, LLC has completed the purchase of the assets of the Grand Prix Association of Toronto and are planning to stage their first IndyCar Series event there in 2009.

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