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IndyCar teams take cautious approach to practice

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue May 15, 2012 7:39 am

IndyCar teams take cautious approach to practice
By Michael Marot

INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar teams have used the first three practice sessions at Indianapolis as a virtual classroom.

They’re collecting data about how their new cars react in different conditions on Indianapolis’ 2.5-mile oval. They’re trying to decipher fuel calculations. They’re studying how the cars run in traffic and trying to keep the mileage down on engines and tires.

The combination has forced drivers into an unnatural game plan — taking things slowly.

“I feel like the car is responding well, and I think it’s going to race well,” Team Penske driver Ryan Briscoe said. “It’s a new car, though, so we’re still fairly conservative.”

At first glance, slower speeds seem like the antithesis of what the Indianapolis 500 is all about.

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