Monday, May 15, 2017

Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 1

Monday 5/15/17 - Indianapolis 500 Practice Notes

Rookie Orientation Program - 12pm-2pm
Rookies who need to take ROP (Ed Jones, Zach Veach & Jack Harvey).
Fernando Alonso already passed ROP May 3rd.

In total 13 cars hit the track during the 2-hour ROP and Refresher Program session. 195 laps were turned in total with Fernando Alonso topping the charts with a quickest speed of 221.634mph.

Complete ROP/Refresher Chart

1 - Alonso - 221.634mph
2 - Servia - 220.759mph
3 - Jones - 219.288mph
4 - Howard - 217.069mph
5 - Saavedra -216.598mph
6 - Harvey - 214.353mph
7 - Veach - 192.605mph

Six veterans also hit the course for installation laps, those were Sato, Carpenter, Hildebrand, Munoz, Rahal and Pigot

All Practice 2pm-6pm

Veach, who was only able to turn 3 laps in the earlier session, was allowed to continue his Rookie Orientation with the veterans in the second session. Veach went on to run 20 more laps on the day.

The first incident of the month came just before 4pm when an apparent equipment failure sent the No. 50 Honda of Rookie Jack Harvey into Turn 2 wall as he was leaving the pits. The car appeared to get high in the corner sending the Dallara into the SAFER Barrier. After relatively light contact with the wall, Harvey continued toward the inside wall where he purposefully spun to avoid another wall impact.

Harvey was checked, released and cleared to drive.

The second incident came late in the day when Graham Rahal's No. 15 machine began smoking down the back stretch. The car made it to his pit under it's own power, but an on board fire and oil caused a yellow.

By the end of the day 32 of the 33 entered cars hit the track, Buddy Lazier did not.

1,306 laps were turned.

The Day 1 Chart

1 - Andretti - 226.338
2 - Dixon - 225.296
3 - Carpenter - 224.969
4 - Bourdais - 224.775
5 - Hunter-Reay - 257624.
6 - Rahal - 224.407
7 - Power - 224.106
8 - Kanaan - 223.936
9 - Aleshin -223.715
10 - Sato - 223.587
11 - Servia - 223.547
12 - Montoya - 223.508
13 - Rossi - 223.481
14 - Karam - 223.398
15 - Chilton - 223.235
16 - Pagenaud - 223.195
17 - Hildebrand - 223.194
18 - Kimball - 223.164
19 - Alonso - 223.025
20 - Munoz - 222.789
21 - Saavedra - 222.593
22 - Jones - 222.533
23 - Howard - 222.508
24 - Newgarden - 222.492
25 - Hinchcliffe - 221.269
26 - Castroneves - 220.708
27 - Mann - 220.257
28 - Daly - 220.192
29 - Pigot - 218.065
30 - Veach - 215.897
31 - Harvey - 214.473
32 - Chaves - 207.672












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