INDIANAPOLIS 500 - Rain Interrupts Fast Friday Practice
INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - MAY 19, 2017 - Rain came to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 1:29 pm stopping hot and heavy action. The added turbo boost had the speed charts jumping. Sebastien Bourdais driving for Team Penske, topped everyone in the 89 minute session, at 233.116 MPH, followed by Andretti’s past race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay at 232.132, and teammate Takuma Sato, at 231.969. All were in a tow however.
Pippa Mann, has become the first woman to break the 230 MPH mark at least un-officially. The current official record for a woman at the Indy 500 is Sarah Fisher at 229.675 for a four lap qualification time. It must be an actual qualification run to count as an official record. Pippa’s top speed so far today is 230.103.
The Honda of Jack Harvey, appeared to “done blowed up,” as oil spewed out of the lump of metal mounted just behind the driver of the number 50 car. If indeed it was a motor, it would be the 5th Honda to expire this month.
We did see a report that Zach Veach’s Chevy suffered a similar fate as the checker flew at the end of yesterday’s practice.
The track has just goen back to green at 4:03, but so far no cars have left pit lane, for the still damp track.