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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 2

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway went green for the 2nd day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 at noon Tuesday afternoon, Marco Andretti was out first.

The speeds climbed quickly early in the day when Andretti, Townsend Bell and JR Hildebrand all had quicker no-tow speeds in the first 10 minutes of practice than they did through the entire first day of practice Monday.

Just after 2pm Simona De Silvestro's car began to smoke while exiting Turn 2. While slowing to a stop on the backstretch her DW12 caught fire before coming to a stop on the inside of Turn 3. Simona got out of the car under her own power and was transported straight to the team's pit with no injuries.

According to Honda, the fire was caused by a buckeye fuel leak and was not engine related.

At the 3pm halfway mark 982 laps had been turned by 30 drivers. There were 2 yellow flags for a total of 25 minutes 36 seconds. The first was for a track inspection and the second for De Silvestro.

3pm Top 3

1 - Castroneves 227.514mph
2 - Pagenaud 226.774mph
3 - Wilson 226.688mph

3pm Top 3 No-Tow

1 - Karam 224.036mph
2 - Power 223.436mph
3 - Castroneves 223.332mph

Around 4:30 the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports No. 7 entry of James Jakes came to a stop at the entrance to pit lane with a long trail, the result of a blown engine. Jakes got out under his own power.

With 35 minutes left in today's session the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing car, with James Davison behind the wheel, took to the track for the first time this month. The driver of that entry is still officially TBA, but it's expected Davison will practice and race the car with another driver qualifying it do to Davison's other racing commitments. Tristian Vautier is expected to qualify.

Alex Tagliani, a one-off for A.J. Foyt Racing, also turned his first laps of the month in the No. 48 entry. The veteran turned just 3 in the final stages of the day.

Justin Wilson became the second Andretti Autosport driver with issues today. With just 5 minutes before the checkered was scheduled to fall he came to stop entering turn one with an apparent blown engine.

In total 1,958 laps were turned by 33 driver with 5 hours 4 minutes of green flag action.

Top 5 Quickest Speeds:

1 - Helio Castroneves 227.514mph
2 - Simon Pagenaud 227.382mph
3 - Scott Dixon 226.769mph
4 - Justin Wilson 226.688mph
5 - Townsend Bell 226.519mph

No-Tow Speeds

1 - Castroneves 225.315
2 - Karam 224.036
3 - Bourdais 223.629
4 - Pagenaud 223.504
5 - Servia 223.472
6 - Power 223.436
7 - Kanaan 223.374
8 - Dixon 223.179
9 - Kimball 223.106
10 - Carpenter 223.082
11 - Hunter-Reay 223.039
12 - Montoya 222.961
13 - Chaves 222.757
14 - Bell 222.709
15 - Hildebrand 222.653
16 - Wilson 222.694
17 - Hinchcliffe 222.563
18 - Munoz 222.550
19 - Newgarden 222.406
20 - Sato 222.245
21 - Andretti 222.054
22 - Rahal 221.665
23 - Daly 221.494
24 - Mann 221.118
25 - Coletti 221.104
26 - Saavedra 221.064
27 - Hawksworth 220.061
28 - Jakes 219.407
29 - Huertas 219.010
30 - Clauson 216.581
31 - Davison 214.877

De Silvestro, Alex Tagliani and Marco Andretti in Munoz's No. 26 entry did not log a no-tow qualifying lap.

Castroneves' top no-tow speed cam at the end of the day when Chevrolet rolled out their qualifying aero kit pieces. The sidepod on this package looks much more similar to the old DW-12 bodywork without the 'bulb' their previously unveiled superspeedway package included.







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