Brayton is fastest for day Indianapolis 500 notebook

THE BALTIMORE SUN

INDIANAPOLIS -- The final two hours of testing before Sunday's Indianapolis 500 ended yesterday without incident.

Except that Scott Brayton, the 11th-place starter in Sunday's field, was the fastest man on the track.

Brayton, who had said that he believed he is the man to beat in this race, had a 223.547 lap.

Nigel Mansell was second fastest at 222.497.

Pole sitter Arie Luyendyk was seventh fastest (219.898), and John Andretti managed just 212.5.

"But we weren't going for any kind of speed," Andretti said. "We just wanted to make sure everything worked the way it should and it did."

Daughter gained, engine lost

Penske driver Paul Tracy was with his wife in Scarborough, Ontario, as she gave birth to their first child, daughter Alysha (7 pounds, 8 ounces), at 1:55 p.m.

Not long before, Penske teammate Emerson Fittipaldi took Tracy's car out for its final shakedown, and after 18 laps, blew its race-day engine.

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