Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Day Three at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Day three of practice for the 97th Indianapolis 500 saw Marco Andretti post the fastest average speed at 225.100 MPH ahead of the Chevrolets of Helio Castroneves (225.075 MPH), Ryan Hunter-Reay (224.386 MPH), Will Power (223.784 MPH) and JR Hildebrand (223.624 MPH). Points leader Takuma Sato was the fastest Honda at sixth quickest (223.363 MPH). AJ Allmendinger was the fastest rookie in seventh (223.264 MPH) ahead of James Hinchcliffe (223.075 MPH), Tony Kanaan (222.833 MPH) and Josef Newgarden (222.340 MPH).

Conor Daly completed rookie orientation and was twenty-eighth quickest (219.044 MPH). Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Justin Wilson and Townsend Bell all participated in their first practice session for the Indianapolis 500 yesterday. Wilson was fourteenth (221.810 MPH), Bell twenty-first (221.137 MPH), Mann twenty-third (220.500 MPH) and Beatriz twenty-sixth (219.975 MPH). The lone driver yet to make a practice lap is 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier. He is expected to make his first appearance this afternoon.

Other notable speeds from Monday practice were Oriol Serviá in eleventh (222.069 MPH), Simona de Silvestro seventeenth (221.613 MPH), Ed Carpenter twentieth (221.154 MPH), Dario Franchitti twenty-second (220.549 MPH), Scott Dixon twenty-fourth (220.419 MPH) and Graham Rahal twenty-fifth (220.360 MPH).

Today's weather forecast calls for a high of 80 degrees Fahrenheit under partly cloudy conditions with winds SSW at 18 MPH. There is a zero percent chance of rain.