SPARTA, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky Speedway's broad expanse of asphalt racetrack is deceiving.
From the vast grandstands, which hold more than 70,000 spectators, the 1.5-mile oval appears smooth as glass. In an Indy Racing League car, it's a very different story.
"I think it's going to be real tricky," said Buddy Lazier, the series points leader and the fastest driver in Friday's opening practice sessions for the inaugural Belterra Resorts Indy 300.
"We're still trying to get a grasp on it," Lazier said, moments after turning a lap of 218.774 mph in his Oldsmobile-powered Dallara. "There's several bumps that really get your attention. I can see how hard they've tried to smooth it out because there's some patches out there.
"There's a bit patch and some little bumps in (turns) one and two, and some big bumps coming out of two. Then there's a real big patch down the middle of the front straightaway that everybody is trying to stay away from. It absolutely launches you, with parts flying off and everything."
Sarah Fisher, a 19-year-old rookie, was close behind Lazier at 218.420, followed by Jaques Lazier, the younger brother, at 217.602 in a car he had never driven until Friday.
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