Monday, May 16, 2016

Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 1

Practice for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 kicked off Monday at Noon.

In a last minute change of plans, all cars were allowed out for an installation lap from 12 to 12:05. Team Penske and Helio Castroneves benefited most from the change, as the No. 3 car slowed coming down the front stretch and pulled off into pit exit. The car had to be retrieved and pushed back by their team.

Following a short delay Max Chilton, Alexander Rossi and Spencer Pigot took the track joined by a handful of veterans for their refresher program.

Fast forward to 2pm and the three rookies who were first out had completed all three phases of their Rookie Orientation Program. Stefan Wilson and Matthew Brabham, who didn't hit the track until later in the session, had completed 2 of the 3 phases and are now able to practice with the veterans.

After a slight delay to allow Brabham to complete Phase 2 and then a quick track inspection, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway went green for all 33 entered cars a 2:16pm.

The remainder of the day went relatively smoothly with no incidents and 1,474 laps turned. 5 yellows were thrown but they were all for debris.

It was a Honda and Andretti Autosport day with Honda powered cars filling 7 of the top 10 positions. Andretti Autosport 5 of the top 6.

1) Andretti 228.978 mph
2) Munoz 228.945 mph
3) Hunter-Reay 228.033 mph
4) Rossi 226.865 mph
5) Dixon 226.838 mph

1) Bell 223.940 mph
2) Andretti 223.873 mph
3) Hunter-Reay 223.797 mph
4) Munoz 223.051 mph
5) Rahal 222.587 mph

Notes of the day:

-Charlie Kimball will run the No. 42 for the Indianapolis 500 for his sponsor. He'll return to his normal No. 83 following May.


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