Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 3

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was off to a busy start when the track went green for activity at noon for the 3rd day of Indianapolis 500 practice.

Simon Pagenaud was first on track before a quick 9-minute yellow for moisture in Turn 3. The track would once again go green for a track inspection at 2 minutes 'till 1.

At 1:15 Juan Pablo Montoya began to slow on the backstretch before pulling into the grass at pit entrance causing the 3rd yellow flag of the day. Despite blaming the issue on electrical problems, Montoya's No. 2 DW12 was not towed in and was instead retrieved on a flatbed.

The day came to a screeching halt around 1:30 when storms came through bringing torrential downpours to the 2.5-mile circuit. The track was officially closed for the day at 2:45 ending the day.

In just 59 minutes of green flag action, 1,024 laps were turned by 30 of the 33 entered cars. Just James Davison, Buddy Lazier and Jack Hawksworth failed to turns laps.

E.J. Viso, who's still filling in for the injured James Hinchcliffe, was quickest at 224.488mph. Viso was joined by teammates Kurt Busch, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti in the top 5.

INDYCAR released a medical update on Andretti Autosport's James Hinchcliffe who was evaluated by its medical team and a neurosurgical consultant. Hinchcliffe was cleared to begin light training with his athletic trainer and was, according to Medical Director Dr. Michael Olinger, progressing well from his May 10th concussion. He'll be re-evaluated May 15.

Top 10 speed charts:

1-E.J. Viso - 224.488mph
2-Kurt Busch -224.159mph
3-Juan Pablo Montoya - 224.115mph
4-Ryan Hunter-Reay - 223.612mph
5-Marco Andretti - 223.605mph
6-Scott Dixon - 223.235mph
7-Simon Pagendaud - 223.063mph
8-Josef Newgarden - 222.652mph
9-Sage Karam - 222.635mph
10-Takuma Sato - 222.483mph


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