Refresher Course Closes Lengthy Day At Indianapolis | SPEED SPORT


Juan Pablo Montoya was considered one of a number of returning veterans to finish the refresher course Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (IndyCar Photograph)

INDIANAPOLIS – A really lengthy day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that went into additional time due to rain ended with a quick session involving rookies and part-time veterans.

That refresher course featured four-time Champ Automobile Sequence champion Sebastien Bourdais topping the charts with a quick lap of 224.472 mph within the No. 14 Chevrolet for A.J. Foyt Racing. Veteran driver Sage Karam was second at 222.048 mph within the Dreyer & Reinbold Chevrolet adopted by three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves’ Meyer Shank Racing Honda at 221.097 mph.

Andretti Autosport veteran James Hinchcliffe was fourth at 219.974 mph within the No. 29 Honda, with Ed Jones of Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan rounding out the top-five at 219.612 mph.

Simply exterior the top-five was two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya at 219.109 mph

Different drivers within the rookie/refresher session included Simon De Silvestro at 218.927 mph in a Chevrolet, Dalton Kellett within the No. 4 Chevrolet at 217.846 mph, Pietro Fittipaldi at 217.410 mph within the Dale Coyne Honda, Max Chilton at 216.963 mph within the Carlin Chevrolet and NASCAR driver Cody Ware at 214.876 mph in a Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing Honda.

As a result of a prolonged rain delay that worn out many of the open take a look at for veterans, observe exercise will start Friday at 9 a.m. and is anticipated to run till a minimum of 4 p.m. ET.

After almost getting the observe dry sufficient to return to testing, rain that began at 3:14 p.m. ET Thursday ended up resulting in the cancellation of the remainder of Thursday’s open take a look at. Testing was halted after lower than two hours attributable to rain earlier within the day.

Conor Daly was the quickest full-time driver of the day with a quick lap at 222.714 mph within the No. 47 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet. He was adopted by Ed Carpenter at 221.296 mph within the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet.

Six-time NTT IndyCar Sequence champion Scott Dixon was third within the No. 9 PNC Financial institution Honda at 220.575 mph adopted by a pair of Arrow McLaren SP drivers, Felix Rosenqvist and Pato O’Ward, after each drivers turned laps at 220.360 mph and 220.233 mph, respectively.

Very early within the session, second-year driver Rinus VeeKay, the 2020 Indy 500 Rookie of the Yr, crashed his Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet within the first flip. VeeKay suffered a damaged finger within the crash, however has since been cleared to drive.

“Not the best way we had precisely hoped it will go,” proprietor/driver Carpenter stated of VeeKay’s crash. “You by no means wish to lose considered one of your three automobiles sort of within the first 10 minutes of the session. That was a little bit of a bumpy technique to begin the take a look at.

“We do have three automobiles, so Conor and I carried on. We had been in a position to get a bit of bit of labor achieved. By the point Rinus’ yellow and cleanup was achieved, we had about 90 minutes of observe exercise, however most likely solely 45, 50 minutes of that by the point you get installs achieved.

“We had been in a position to get a pair modifications in actually simply to ascertain a baseline. There’s quite a bit to do now tomorrow, a number of new components to check. We had been in a position to take a look at a few of them final fall. There’s quite a bit to work by way of to be prepared for once we come again for Indy 500 prep.”

Carpenter defined how Friday’s last day of open testing will cram two days’ price of race preparation into one last day.

“We’ll do one of the best we are able to,” Carpenter stated. “You’ll at all times take extra time for those who may get it. On the finish of the day, for essentially the most half, everybody goes to have the identical alternative to have the identical quantity of observe time.

“I don’t fear about it an excessive amount of. Climate and altering schedules are one thing we’ve all gotten fairly adept at over the previous yr. Appears to be like prefer it’s going to be a greater climate day tomorrow. The six hours will go fast.

“A number of the issues we needed to do, it will have been good to have our session, lunch break, return out and do some longer changeover sorts of issues that we could should scrap until we come again.

“If we might be environment friendly, we are able to nonetheless get by way of every part we needed to, a minimum of the large gadgets.”


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