Jacques Villeneuve and Kurt Busch have already been on track over the weekend doing refresher runs on the oval, however today is the initial rookie test for several drivers.
Carlos Huertas will be in the #18 Dale Coyne car, and he’s sporting a new livery: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bm4QrZRCQAEEk7T.jpg:large
Sage Karam, Jack Hawksworth, Martin Plowman, Kurt Busch and Mikhail Aleshin are also at the Speedway. Live timing here: http://racecontrol.indycar.com/
First day of practice is about to get under way, live stream available at http://racecontrol.indycar.com
About half of the field has turned laps so far, Helio Castroneves fastest at 221.010mph.
Will Power fastest at just over 223mph at the end of practice day 1, summary here: http://motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/11/power-leads-penske-1-2-3-on-indy-500-opening-day-of-practice/
Live streaming is up for the second day of practice at http://racecontrol.indycar.com
Ryan Hunter-Reay led practice day 2 at ~225mph. http://motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/12/rhr-leads-andretti-on-second-day-of-indy-500-practice/
Striking liveries for Castroneves and Hawksworth:
Simon Pagenaud fastest on practice day 4 so far, 226.1mph. Live streaming is on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRUnwtMfMtQ
Oh man, I’m not even a huge Helio fan but that Pennzoil Special is 1980s and VERY NICE.
James Davison out on track for rookie orientation. He’s been driving for Aston Martin in USCC GT recently.
Helio was above 227mph yesterday, perhaps we’ll see a pole run above 230mph?
Although there have been rain showers affecting the last few days of practice, the weather looks good for qualifying weekend.
230.5 by Ed Carpenter! The last Indy pole speed above 230 was in 2003
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