Sunday, May 11, 2014

'500' Practice Day 1

Following a long day and night for teams at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway following the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the first of six 6-hr practice days started off slow.

Helio Castroneves was first on track, marking the fourth year in five that the Brazilian kicked off the month.

Dreyer & Reinbold/Kingdom Racing's Sage Karam took to the track early in the day, running 20 laps and passing the third and final phase of his Rookie Orientation Program by 1:06. Karam is now eligible to qualify for the Indianapolis 500.

By 3pm, the half way mark, just 135 laps had been turned by 7 drivers. Ed Carpenter was quickest at 219.899mph, a speed he reached by shaking down teammate JR Hildebrand's No. 21.

The track activity picked up later in the day as the track was shut down for 26-minutes for lightning and 13-minutes for a track inspection in the afternoon.

By the 6pm checkered flag, 23 cars turned 721 laps with no incidents. Team Penske's Will Power was quickest at 223.057mph.

Late in the day, Andretti Autosport released updated info James Hinchcliffe's medical situation. Hinchcliffe did not receive a medical evaluation today and may return to be re-evaluated as soon as Tuesday. The driver has to pass tests by INDYCAR's medical team prior to returning to the cockpit.
Former Andretti Autosport driver E.J. Viso took control of the No. 27 United Fiber & Data in today's practice and will continue to pilot the car until Hinch is cleared.

Rumor around Gasoline Alley is that Katherine Legge may have leads on possible last minute '500' ride. Currently '50/50', she likely wouldn't get into a car before Sunday.

Bronte Tagliani, wife of Alex.


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