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Giebler improving; Texas race next for teamAmerican Dream Motorsports' bid to make the 500 never made it to the qualifying line, as Phil Giebler crashed Saturday during practice laps. He was hospitalized overnight with bruised lungs and released Sunday but not cleared to race. He wouldn't have raced at Indy anyway, because the Panoz-Honda could not be repaired in time for Sunday qualifying, but Saturday night team owner Eric Zimmerman was still exploring ways to get back on the track, possibly with Jaques Lazier in a car bought from somewhere else in the garage. That never materialized, but Zimmerman said the team would acquire a new Dallara in time for the June 7 race at Texas Motor Speedway and as many as four more races, with plans to go full-time in 2009. "Phil is still our driver and we back him 100 percent," Zimmerman said. "Until he gets better, Jaques will be in the car, but Phil is our driver."
Windswept day of work
A long way back after crashMax Papis never made a qualifying attempt Sunday in the No. 44 Rubicon Race Team entry, but it wasn't for lack of frenzied effort Saturday and into Sunday. The Italian crashed hard in morning practice before third-day qualifying, giving his team a ton of work to do and about 24 hours to do it. The chronology of getting the No. 44 back together, according to the IndyCar Series:
- Noon-4 p.m. Saturday: Team collects parts from all over garage, including Dallara and Vision Racing.
- 5 p.m.: Engine change.
- 5-10 p.m.: Took several parts to Sam Schmidt Motorsports shop in Indianapolis for additional work.
- 1 a.m. Sunday: Some team members went home. Some did not. Crew chief Chris Griffis never left the track after arriving Saturday morning.
- 10:30 a.m.: Full team continues to work on Gasoline Alley.
- 1:14 p.m.: No. 44 back on track.