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Thursday May 14, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice – 1:30pm – practice update

We are currently yellow at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a track inspection At 1:30pm there have been 22 cars on track and they have turned a total of 347 laps. The No. 29 T.E. Connectivity Honda piloted by Simona de Silvestro turned its first laps since suffering a fire on Tuesday.  The Swiss driver...

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Thursday May 14, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice – 10am – Good morning – overnight news and qualifying breakdown

Good morning from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  It’s currently 53F and partly cloudy.  The forecast high is 72F and the clouds are forecast to increase. Today’s track schedule is open practice from noon through 6pm. ————— There was a very interesting exchange between James Davision, Ryan Hunter-Reay and a few other IndyCar drivers on a...

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Wednesday May 13, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice – 7:00pm post-script

We’re back.  Steve decided to take one last tour of Gasoline Alley and learned a couple of things. —————— Buddy Lazier will be out tomorrow in the No. 91 Wynn Iowa Vision Research Lazier Racing Chevrolet.  He was fitted in the car this afternoon. —————— TSO was able to confirm that Dale Coyne Racing does...

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Wednesday May 13, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice – 7:03pm addendum – oops times now added

Sorry about that.  I forgot to add the time sheets to the last post. Pos  Car  Driver  Manufacturer  Best Speed  Total Laps 1  26  Carlos Munoz  Honda  230.121  88 2  24  Townsend Bell  Chevy  228.969  57 3  10  Tony Kanaan  Chevy  228.172  64 4  19  James Davison  Honda  228.043  86 5  8  Sage Karam  Chevy ...

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Wednesday May 13, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice – 7:00pm close

Much thanks to Joe for the quick update on the Pippa Mann incident.  I (Steve) was down in my “happy place” to watch the first half-hour of “happy hour.”  Here’s a picture of the view from the south-east corner of the pit road suites.                      ...

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Wednesday May 13, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice – 3:30pm – practice notes and speeds

Team Penske released a statement from Helio Castroneves “The car was really good and I am very blessed. Unfortunately I still do not understand what happened. I got loose in turn one and spun out. The good news is the impact wasn’t very strong and the landing was smooth as well. In all aspects, I...

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Wednesday May 13, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice – 1:45pm – Medical update on Helio and practice notes

Medical update on Helio Castroneves.  Dr. Geoffrey Billows, medical director for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has checked, released and cleared the driver of the No. 3. —————— There have not been an abundance of Chevrolet’s on track since the No. 3 had it’s incident, but the ones that TSO has seen do not have the...

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Wednesday May 13, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice – 12:55pm – Helio Castroneves gets upside down in hard crash

At 12:47pm The No. 3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet of Helio Castroneves crashed in Turn 1 and came to rest in the short chute. He wiggled in the middle of Turn 1, turned 180 degrees and hit the wall with the left side of the car.  The car caught air and did a back flip...

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Wednesday May 13, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice – 12:30pm – Reaction to Helio’s penalty and practice begins

The judge has spoken and Helio Castroneves has been sentenced for his first lap, first turn crime against Scott Dixon in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Helio Castroneves was penalized eight championship points for avoidable contact.  It drops him from ten points behind Juan Montoya for the championship lead to 18 points back....

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Wednesday May 13, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice – 9am – good morning!

Good morning!  The weather is currently sunny and a slightly chilly 47F, but the forecast is glorious.  Winds have died down and there is not a cloud in the sky.  The temperature is forecast for 60F at noon and 64F at 6pm. Practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway runs from noon through 6pm.  Expect the...

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