Indy 500 practice abandoned following persistent rain


The second scheduled day of practice for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 was called off on Tuesday with rain seeing the abandonment of proceedings without a wheel being turned on track.

After 1474 laps of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway were completed during Monday’s opening day of practice, all thirty-three confirmed entries were resigned to a day in the garage, with rain showers causing the cancellation of the day’s proceedings at around 3pm local time.

Organisers had hoped to get the track dry with jet dryers, but the rain showers never allowed the track to dry sufficiently to allow any sort of running for the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers.

Everybody will hope that Wednesday allows some much needed track time as the teams and drivers ready themselves for Fast Friday and the weekend qualifying sessions. The track is scheduled to open again at midday local time, with the chequered flag set to fly at 6pm.

Marco Andretti had led a quartet of Andretti Autosport entries at the top of the timing screens on the opening day ahead of Carlos Munoz, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi, while all five rookies – Rossi, Matt Brabham, Spencer Pigot, Stefan Wilson and Max Chilton – managed to pass their rookie orientation session.