By Allan Brewer, IndyCar correspondent
- Indy 500 practice slowed down again
- Weather is not cooperating
- Conway only one to turn laps
Weather continued to be a factor at Indianapolis*
A war of wills with the weatherman in Indianapolis has turned out to the better of the meteorologist as another day of practice ahead of Saturday's Indianapolis 500 Pole Day turned ugly early, leaving fans shivering and teams and drivers flustered at the chilly, drizzly springtime conditions that have marred the scene for the last 72 hours at The Brickyard.
Only one car, that of Andretti Autosport's Mike Conway, turned laps over the big oval on Wednesday and sharing his car with teammate Marco Andretti. Between them, they recorded a mark just over 219 mph. “We wanted to check some changes we made to the car and see what we had,” Conway said. “These were certainly not ideal weather conditions today, and aren't representative of what we're going to see in a few days. It didn't make too much sense to log a lot of laps."
Andretti commented, "I think I have a little bit of my grandfather in me to where I was probably the only one on the team that thinks we can learn something. At the same time, though, I think I was just trying to convince them so that I could go drive. I just wanted to feel out a different setup and thought, 'Why not?'"
Few teams even made a presence on pitlane today. One of them, KV Lotus Racing, spent time practicing for next week's Pit Stop Competition in lieu of actual on track performance as temperatures in the fifties made tire grip a concern and in the face of uncertain utility of any data collected in the peculiar atmospheric conditions.
Will Power (Penske Racing) was enjoying the day despite the weather. "It is always great to be at Indy, just walking through the garage area and seeing the fans that show up braving the elements. It is a shame that the weather hasn't been cooperating with us much this week. The Verizon guys have been staying busy preparing the car and my engineer, and I have had plenty of time to discuss our strategy moving forward. I am really looking forward to getting back on track."
Indianapolis 500 practice resumes on Wednesday at Noon EDT with another six hour session planned. The forecast is for showers and temperatures in the sixties.