- Byrd Brothers, with partner team KV Racing Technology, have announced a return to the Indianapolis 500 in 2015 with Bryan Clauson.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pole Day Morning Warm Up

The Pole day morning practice concluded at the top of the 10 o'clock hour with Sam Schmidt pilot Alex Tagliani once again at the top of the charts, running a 228.184mph speed on lap 3.

Early on in the practice Ryan Briscoe lost grip in Turn 2 sending the #6 IZOD machine backwards into the wall. Sliding into the grass Ryan got out of the car and was helped to the ground. Attempting to stand up the Penske driver was helped back to the ground before being laid on a stretcher and lifted into an ambulance.
Briscoe was later released from the infield IU Health Emergency Medical Center and cleared to drive.

"I'm all right," said Briscoe. "I'm a bit bruised on my knees. My legs knocked the wheel off, actually."
Taking back to the track at 9:42am in his backup Dallara for 16 laps, Briscoe's best speed came on his 9th lap at 223.932mph, good enought for 36th overall.

After meeting with the same IMS and INDYCAR medical officials as Briscoe, Simona De Silvestro's injuries from a Thursday fire were also evaluated and given the go-ahead for the morning warm up. With a best time of 223.357mph in her backup, 'Pork Chop' as the team calls the chassis, ran 32 laps, good enough for 39th of 41 entries.

Qualifications are slated to get under way at 11am est. LIVE on VERSUS.

The complete practice results:
  1. Alex Tagliani 228.184
  2. Buddy Rice 227.849
  3. Will Power 227.766
  4. Scott Dixon 227.642
  5. Helio Castroneves 227.396
  6. Dario Franchitti 227.386
  7. Townsend Bell 227.271
  8. Vitor Meira 227.150
  9. JR Hildebrand 226.912
  10. Bertrand Baguette 226.868
  11. Ed Carpenter 226.778
  12. Dan Wheldon 226.624
  13. Oriol Servia 226.466
  14. Danica Patrick 226.446
  15. Ho-Pin Tung 226.440
  16. Ana Beatriz 226.401
  17. EJ Viso 226.017
  18. Paul Tracy 225.959
  19. Takuma Sato 225.891
  20. Davey Hamilton 225.738
  21. James Hinchcliffe 225.719
  22. Jay Howard 225.676
  23. Graham Rahal 225.641
  24. Tony Kanaan 225.394
  25. Ryan Briscoe 225.101
  26. Justin Wilson 225.086
  27. Tomas Scheckter 224.916
  28. Charlie Kimball 224.903
  29. Ryan Hunter-Reay 224.899
  30. Alex Lloyd 224.540
  31. Bruno Junqueira 224.472
  32. Sebastian Saavedra 224.358
  33. Pippa Mann 224.310
  34. Marco Andretti 224.220
  35. John Andretti 224.060
  36. Ryan Briscoe 223.932
  37. James Jakes 223.446
  38. Raphael Matos 223.382
  39. Simona De Silvestro 223.357
  40. Mike Conway 223.172
  41. Scott Speed 222.803

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