INDIANAPOLIS -- Buddy Rice has to hope that the results on Sunday reflect those during Wednesday's Pit Stop competition.
Rice's crew changed all four tires and simulated a refueling stop during the competition and beat defending champion Helio Castroneves during the Carburetion Day festivities.
Rice, driving the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing car, crossed the line in 8.8401 seconds to Castroneves' 9.13141.
The victory earned the crew a $30,000 first prize from a purse of $80,000.
In the first round of the competition, the Indianapolis rooke defeated Robbie Buhl and then received a forfeit in the second round as veteran Michael Andretti's team had a problem with the car's throttle.
The team kept getting stronger as the competition went on as they defeated Al Unser Jr. by over a half-second and took the title with a victory over Castroneves by nearly three-quarters of a second.
The team, headed by team manager Max Jones and chief mechanic David Meehan also includes Robbie Fast, Todd Tapply, Josh Junge, Craig McCain, Joe Hedges, Rob Channell, Kelly Loewen and Dave Bishop.
Rice will start Sunday's 500 race in the 19th position, on the inside of row seven. Castroneves starts from the pole and will be looking for his third consecutive Indy 500 victory this year.