INDIANAPOLIS 500 - Practice Opens for the 2017 Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - May 16, 2017 - Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and it is starting to get serious about prepping for the 101st running of the 500 Mile Race.
Yesterday as the track opened, practice started with rookie orientation and refresher tests for several veterans that do not race Indy cars on a regular basis. The 2017 rookie class consists of four drivers. Of course the sensation, the rock star if you will, is F-1 champ Fernando Alonso, driving for the Andretti Autosport team in the McLaren backed number 29. Alonso pasted all four phases for the rookie test two weeks ago in a solo test. In the first two hours on Monday, Ed Jones, driving for Dale Coyne Racing completed all three phases of his test.
Right on schedule at 2:00 the track opened for all cars. The only incident of the day, and it was relatively minor, occurred at 3:59 when rookie Jack Harvey contacted the wall on an out lap, damaging both right side suspensions. Harvey was checked and cleared to drive by Dr. Geoffrey Bellows, IMS Medical Director.
Fernando Alonso, had a good day ending up 19th out of the 31 cars that took to the track. “It was a good day. I will (was) a little concerned about the conditions, about the temperature, much hotter today then the test we did.”
Marco Andretti was the fastest car of the day at 226.338 MPH. “We were sort of trying to check the bigger boxes today. We got some good answers.”
Today we expect to see a lot of track activity as the weather forecast for later in the week does look a little iffy.