This Monday began the official training leading up to the dispute of the 500 miles of Indianapolis of this year. This is the first of five days dedicated exclusively to practices, before the rankings this weekend. The activity of the first day began with a first two-hour session reserved for riders novice and for those riders who do not compete regularly on ovals.
Six pilots used this session to give turns competitive. The only one that could go from the beginning without límitaciones in their times was Fernando Alonso, who has already passed the Rookie Orientation Program (ROP) in the test of the last may 3. The Spanish rider, who competes for Andretti Autosport in conjunction with McLaren, completed a total of 35 laps and scored the best average, a conservative 221.634 miles per hour (40.607 seconds), very far from the records that will be in classification.
Just behind it, a little more than a tenth, ended up Oriol Servià to finish off a double Spanish unprecedented. The pilot of the Pals, who will take part in the event with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, completed the 30 laps required to pass their Refresher Test in the required conditions, and gave 3 more laps, with a best average of 220.759 mph.
After the two spaniards, Ed Jones happened in these two hours your ROP, not as well Jack Harvey, which only completed the first phase. In the same way, Jay Howard could finish her Refresher work before the end of the session, but Sebastian Saavedra had to wait until she opened the veda to which all drivers could start practicing, in the first of the four free hours of the day.
This session, much more intense, it was led by Marco Andretti. The american pilot, by means of a excellent consequence, signed a better average of 226.338 (39.763 seconds). Racing ahead at more than a mile per hour to the winner of 2008, Scott Dixon, which recorded a 225.296 and managed to lose also 40 seconds. Ed Carpenter, a specialist in ovals, and that has made the pole for the Indy 500 on two occasions, he led much of the session from the start, and your 224.969 was the third best speed of the day, still yours the only car with an engine Chevrolet, along with Will Power, among the first 11.
four Other drivers have reached the 224 miles per hour on average, between them. Graham Rahal. The u.s. finished in sixth position, and occupied the second when his engine began to smoke at Happy Hour, having to end your session before time. A couple of hours before, Harvey starred in the first incident of the month when you hit the wall in turn 2 after suffering a mechanical failure on the exit of pit lane. The impact, fortunately it was low speed and caused no major damage.
Drive @jack_harvey42 has been checked, cleared and released from the infield care center. Replay of his incident here: pic.twitter.com/hxYi9P4g5O
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In terms of the two spaniards, Servià finished at the doors of the top 10. Completed a number of laps at a relatively low level, 34, but there is enough to mark an average of 223.547 mph. Below, in the 19th position, it appears Fernando Alonso, who dedicated her shoot to test the setup of the car and on his first laps with rebufos and traffic. The Spanish scored an average of 223.025 mph, but only completed 20 laps, and in the final hour had small problems in the suspension of the car.
With the first day already completed, the second practice session will start tomorrow at 18:00 Spanish time, and will last until midnight. This will be the plan every day until Friday, the last day before the end of the qualifying week.
RESULTS OF THE SESSION OF FREE
RESULTS OF THE SESSION OF ROOKIES