IRL: Rain takes over Indy

IRL: Rain takes over Indy

A fast-moving weather cell moved through the Indianapolis area shortly after 1PM today, bringing a premature halt to the second day of practice for the 88th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Lightning, thunder and a torrent of rain and wind rushed ...

A fast-moving weather cell moved through the Indianapolis area shortly after 1PM today, bringing a premature halt to the second day of practice for the 88th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Lightning, thunder and a torrent of rain and wind rushed through central Indy as teams, drivers and fans scurried for shelter.

Up to that point, the usual cast of characters topped the timing sheets.

Scott Dixon.
Photo by Dan Helrigel - IRL.
Scott Dixon again held the top slot in practice in his #1 Team Target Panoz G Force/Toyota. Dixon lapped at 219.373mph around the noon hour. Second place went to Adrian Fernandez' #5 Quaker State/Telmex Panoz G Force/Honda at 219.118mph, while birthday boy (29 today) Helio Castroneves was third in the #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota at 218.900mph.

Tomas Scheckter retained fourth spot in the #4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Chevrolet at 218.893mph, followed by a recovering Sam Hornish Jr., who logged all of six laps in the two hours of practice with his #6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota, the best being a tour of 218.778mph around the historic 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.

Vitor Meira made his first appearance toward the top of the charts with a lap of 218.446mph, good for sixth in the #17 Centrix Financial Panoz G Force/Honda from Rahal-Letterman Racing. Indy rookie Darren Manning earned seventh place in the two-hour practice sprint, taking the #10 Team Target Panoz G Force/Toyota to a lap of 218.382mph.

After five laps in the #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda from Andretti Green Racing, 2003 Bombardier Rookie of the Year Dan Wheldon landed in eighth place at 218.301mph.

Ed Carpenter.
Photo by Earl Ma.
Rookie Ed Carpenter drove his #52T Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Chevy to ninth place at 218.115mph, touring the facility 55 times, the most of any of the 25 car/driver combos practicing thus far today.

Tony Kanaan rounded out the top ten in his #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda at 217.891mph. Alex Barron was 11th in the #51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Chevrolet, and Bruno Junqueira took 12th place in his #36 PacifiCare Panoz G Force/Honda.

By 1:30PM the rain was gone from Speedway, IN leaving on-track activity to begin for the big IMS trucks tow trucks, left to dry the circuit so race cars could run yet again.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Darren Manning , Helio Castroneves , Bruno Junqueira , Adrian Fernandez , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Alex Barron , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam , Sam Hornish Jr. , Ed Carpenter , Vitor Meira
Teams Team Penske