Castroneves Fastest on Opening Day

(photo courtesy Penske Racing)

Team Penske kicked off the month of May in positive fashion Saturday by recording some of the fastest laps – including the fastest of the day – during the opening day of practice for the 94th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Helio Castroneves, who will attempt to tie the record of four Indy 500 wins later this month, recorded the fastest lap of the day when he went 226.603 mph in the No. 3T Team Penske Dallara/Honda. Teammates Ryan Briscoe and Will Power also were clocked among the fastest 11 of the 27 cars that practiced Saturday.

Castroneves, who won the pole and the race last year, is attempting to tie the record held by Rick Mears, Al Unser and A.J. Foyt. His performance in the 2010 IndyCar Series season so far – third in the standings with a win at Barber Motorsports Park in April – offer encouragement.

Practice is scheduled to resume Sunday at 12 p.m. ET. Pole day qualifying is set for Saturday, May 22 beginning at 12 p.m. ET and will be televised live on Versus. The Indy 500 will take place on Sunday, May 30 at 1 p.m. ET with ABC’s live coverage beginning at noon.

It is not long til Jim Nabors will be singing, once again, “Back Home Again In Indiana”!

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING IN MY REDNECK!

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