Friday, May 20, 2011

Fast Friday Wrapup

For the second day in a row practice for the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 went green for the majority of the day. Helio Castroneves led the 5 hour 37 minute practice with a 1-lap speed of 228.611mph, the fastest of the month. Castroneves was followed by Alex Tagliani, Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe, Bertrand Baguette, and Ed Carpenter who all ran in the 228mph+ bracket.

39 of the 40 confirmed car and driver combinations took to the track, leaving Simona De Silvestro and the #78 Dallara the only stationary entry.  De Silvestro suffered burns to each of her hands in an practice crash on Thursday. After meeting with IMS and INDYCAR medical officials in the morning, De Silvestro was not cleared to drive. She will meet with the same officials tomorrow.

Dragon Racing rookie Scott Speed was reportedly upset after practice where his best speed of 222.546 ranked him 39th and last overall. It's unclear whether or not the former F1 and NASCAR pilot will return to the #20 Dragon seat tomorrow or if the team will run a veteran.


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