Indy 500: Kaiser leads Rookies and Refreshers

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Indy 500: Kaiser leads Rookies and Refreshers
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May 14, 2019, 7:24 PM

The seven drivers who didn't participate in the April 24 Rookies and Refreshers test for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge got their chance in a two-hour session at IMS this afternoon, with Juncos Racing's Kyle Kaiser emerging top.

Kaiser, whose team Juncos Racing-Chevrolet is determined to try and make the show despite financial setbacks, set a 223.344mph lap on his 48th and final flyer to move to the top of the speed charts in the seven-car session.

That put him a hair quicker than Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Sage Karam and the Clauson-Marshall Racing-Chevy of Pippa Mann, who failed to qualify last year but easily completed her refresher program.

Patricio O’Ward was unable to complete even Phase 1 of his Rookie Orientation, due to the #31 Carlin car suffering a mechanical issue and having to be towed back to the garage.

Jordan King, driving a third Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda, turned an astonishing 82 laps and easily completed his Rookie test, while James Davison’s Dale Coyne Racing with Byrd & Belardi car was another successful Refresher.

Ben Hanley in the DragonSpeed-Chevy has completed two of his Rookie Orientation phases, but has a chance to complete it over the remainder of the day, in which the track is open to all 36 entrants.

Session results:

Pos. No. Driver Speed Laps Engine Team
1 32 Kyle Kaiser 223.344 49 Chevy Juncos Racing
2 24 Sage Karam 223.175 44 Chevy Dreyer and Reinbold Racing
3 39 Pippa Mann 221.297 41 Chevy Clauson-Marshall Racing
4 31 Patricio O'Ward 220.799 14 Chevy Carlin
5 42 Jordan King 220.125 82 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
6 33 James Davison 219.276 49 Honda Dale Coyne with Byrd and Belardi
7 81 Ben Hanley 216.645 44 Chevy DragonSpeed
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Series IndyCar
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Author David Malsher
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