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2013 Indy 500: Conor Daly crashes on day 6 of practice

Now the problem is getting the car repaired overnight so that Daly can continued his preparations on the final day of practice, and be ready to take part in Pole Day on Saturday.

"I'm just glad that the car wasn't as damaged as it might have looked flying through the air," he said. I tried to save it, and I would have saved it if we had about another 100 yards wider. But I know they're going to work hard and get it all prepared, and as long as we can get out tomorrow and shake it down and make sure she's pulling in the right direction, I think we'll be fine. I think it should be good.”

Daly insisted that he wouldn't let the incident affect his confidence going into the all-important qualifying weekend: "For me, I felt comfortable the whole time. It's all been reasonably good."

Daly's accident was the first this week at Indianapolis; all other stoppages have been for routine track inspections and for debris clearances. There was also a ten minute pause early in today's proceedings when light rain briefly past over the circuit just after the green flag had officially been waved. After that, there were two track inspections and three yellows for debris all of which required only a five minute hiatus.

Toward the end of the day it was finally time for the #91 Lazier Partners car to make its first run out on the track with 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier at the wheel. If the car's paint scheme looked reminiscent of something, then that would be because the fledgling team had only just finished painting over the distinctive Lotus gold trim of what last year had been Jean Alesi's entry in the Indy 500 but which has a Chevrolet engine in the back for 2013.

"We started the engine and everything yesterday, so everything is fine in that regards," said Buddy's father Bob, the co-owner of the team. "We want to get a little bit of time on it and dial it in to where we want it from that point on. You know, it's a process.

"Fortunately, we have a veteran driver," he added of his son's well-proven abilities at Indianapolis. "We've got a guy that's has driven 75,000 miles here, probably. So, we're very comfortable, and he is very relaxed. We're fine."

The car did make it out on track at the start of happy hour and completed what amounted to little more than an reduced-speed installation lap, but it was one step closer toward making a qualifying run at the weekend.

Friday is the final day of practice at Indianapolis, with qualifying taking place on Saturday which is known as 'Pole Day' and which should lock in the top 24 cars onto the grid. Sunday is 'Bump Day' and will allow the cars not yet to have made the grid to set a new round of times to decide the last three rows of the grid. If there are more than 33 runners over the weekend then some will end up 'bumped' off the grid by the end of the day.

Currently there are 33 cars and drivers at work at Indianapolis. However, the Schmidt-Petersen team has provisionally filed a second entry to run alongside Tristan Vautier; the #99 car does not have a driver listed and it has not made an appearance out on track so far.

See pictures from the practice sessions so far.

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Buddy Lazier makes his first appearance out on track in 2013 on the sixth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Thursday May 16, 2013. (Picture Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Buddy Lazier makes his first appearance out on track in 2013 on the sixth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Thursday May 16, 2013. (Picture Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz on the sixth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Thursday May 16, 2013. (Picture Credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Team Andretti confers on pit lane on the sixth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Thursday May 16, 2013. (Picture Credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves leads Carlos Munoz on the sixth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Thursday May 16, 2013. (Picture Credit: Leigh Spargur for IndyCar Media)
Buddy Lazier makes his first appearance out on track in 2013 on the sixth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Thursday May 16, 2013. (Picture Credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
AJ Foyt Racing`s Conor Daly crashes in turn 1 and nearly flips over on the sixth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Thursday May 16, 2013. (Picture Credit: Mike Young for IndyCar Media)
AJ Foyt Racing`s Conor Daly crashes in turn 1 and nearly flips over on the sixth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Thursday May 16, 2013. (Picture Credit: Mike Young for IndyCar Media)
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