Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon led the way on a rain-shortened Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. At the end of the brief thirty minute practice period Dixon (222.834 mph, 40.3889 sec.) and Wheldon (222.810, 40.3931 sec.) were atop the timing and scoring pylon among 29 competitors who took to the track on an intermittently drizzly, misty, rainy day in central Indiana.
Marco Andretti (222.801 mph, 40.3948 sec.) and teammates Hideki Mutoh (221.868 mph, 40.5647 sec.) and Danica Patrick (221.683 mph, 40.5985 sec.) round out the top five on the day.
The cars turned a total of only 390 laps during the session.
"Obviously it's disappointing to get so little time on track today," said Andretti. "We need some full-tank runs to get a handle on race setup. On the other hand, it's been good to have some time to sign autographs and talk to the fans who come to the track but don't get to see any action."
There was little other news beyond the release of Dale Coyne Racing's crew chief from the hospital (he suffered a head injury and lacerations after being struck by a car entering pitlane on Fast Friday) and the medical clearance of rookie Alex Lloyd to rejoin the field (which he did in the Wii FIT car this afternoon).
Sarah Fisher announced sponsorship from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The Schools of Liberal Arts, Engineering and Technology and campus administration joined forces to give Fisher a financial boost toward a start in the Indy 500, in part because Sarah was one of the first students to enroll in the school's Engineering Dual Degree Program.
"The group at IUPUI has become great friends over the years," said Fisher. "I've talked with many, many students there; and I, too, was once a student at IUPUI. I'm honored to be associated with such a prestigious university again. I hope our relationship emphasizes the important role education has played in my life, and others can share in that importance."
Practice resumes on Thursday morning at the Speedway, weather permitting. The gates at IMS open at 9:00am EDT with a Noon EDT launch of the session, scheduled to run for six hours. The forecast calls for a forty percent chance of showers.