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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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Tuesday May 12, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice: 7:15pm update – close

Just before “Happy Hour” the Honda powered No. 41 of Jack Hawksworth rolled by us on the front straight at a decreased speed and he came to a stop in the grass at the exit of Turn 2 necessitating a yellow flag.  Hawksworth got out of the and hitched a ride back to the A.J....

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Tuesday May 12, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice: 5pm update – It’s Happy Hour!!

Let’s sneak in one more update as we get close to 5pm and “Happy Hour” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The track just went yellow as the No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda of James Jakes came to a halt at the end of pit road with smoke trailing from the tail-pipes.  He got out...

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Tuesday May 12, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice: 4:15pm update – who will be in the No. 19 Coyne ride this afternoon.

The long Dale Coyne Racing No. 19 saga has finally come to an end.  The plan is to have James Davison in the car for practice this afternoon and for the 99th Indianapolis 500. The crew has finished the task of turning the car from road course to oval trim and Davison is suited and...

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Tuesday May 12, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice: 3pm update – what happened to Simona and more notes

The problem with the No. 29 of Simona de Silvestro has been diagnosed already.  The fuel buckeye was open.  She’s honestly lucky it wasn’t worse.  Full credit to the Holmatro Safety Team for their quick response. Oh, and burning carbon fibre has a very distinct odor, and it’s not pleasant. Here is the video from...

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Tuesday May 12, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice: 2:15pm update – Simona de Silvestro on fire

Around 2pm the five Andretti Autosport teammates went out to do race simulation.  They were just starting their simulation when the No. 29 TE Connectivity Honda of Simona de Silvestro showed smoke out of the rear of the car.  She pulled over into the grass on the back straight as the entire back of the...

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Tuesday May 12, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice day – 1:00 pm – practice update #1

The third day of practice for the 99th Indianapolis 500 began at noon under sunny skies.   The brisk west wind didn’t stop a gaggle of cars from immediately hitting the track. The first hour saw a few more groups of cars working together, including mixed batches of Honda’s and Chevy’s. 37 minutes into the...

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Tuesday May 12, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice day – 9:45am – open

By Steve Wittich Good morning from a sunny IMS, where it is currently sunny and 54F. The forecast high is 64F and sunny, with brisk winds out of the west up to 19mph. (That should make Turn 2 a lot of fun for the drivers, he typed sarcastically). Practice is scheduled to run from noon-6pm....

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Monday May 11, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice day – close – practice notes, no-tow speeds and more

The track was dry by 4:15pm and the track went green for the full field.  The air temperature was 75F and track temperature was 87F.  The wind was out of the southwest and  quite brisk. 30 of the 34 cars made an appearance.  The four cars that didn’t make an appearance were: No. 19 Dale...

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