It’s Day One Qualifying At IMS

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Good morning from a cloudy, and damp Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While the weatherman was kind to us yesterday for Fast Friday, we are getting payback this morning. A pretty impressive storm moved through the area last night. When we got out of our restaurant, it was a downpour. On the drive back to the hotel, we were treated to quite a show of lightening strikes. But by the time we got back to the hotel, the rain had pretty much stopped. I was hoping that was the end of it. Unfortunately, it was raining again when we woke up.

Knowing that practice was scheduled for 8:00, we knew that it would be delayed so we lounged a bit. We finally arrived around 9:45. It was good timing on our part, since practice for Group One didn’t start until 10:00. Group Two is currently on track. Qualifying is now scheduled to begin at 11:45. As I type, Helio Castroneves has just posted the fastest lap of the month at 233.474 mph. JR Hildebrand is second quick at 232.985. There are currently fifteen cars over the 230 mph mark. Cooler temps (currently 68), cloud cover and a sense of urgency are combining for the quicker times this morning.

The slowest car yesterday seems to have found a little more speed this morning. Buddy Lazier was barely over 215 yesterday. This morning he has posted a 225.890, but he is still the slowest of the thirty-two cars that have taken the track so far this morning.

Will Power has posted the fastest “No Tow” speed today at 231.907. There are currently three Hondas in the Top-Ten, with James Hinchcliffe the fastest in sixth place. Now as I type, the yellow has come out for moisture on the track. Based on how the radar looks, this could be the story of the entire day today – some running, some rain, track drying and then more running. How many time have we seen this scenario play out over the years?

So, that’s it for now. Susan has now rejoined me at the track today. Unless there is a downpour, sprinkles will not keep us from milling about the track. Please follow us on Twitter for updates and photos at @Oilpressureblog and @MrsOilpressure. Check back here for updates throughout the day.

George Phillips

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4 Responses to “It’s Day One Qualifying At IMS”

  1. “There is currently a window over Terre Haute” — delusional Indy track announcer

  2. Bent Wickerbill Says:

    Thanks for the update George, enjoy… It’s going to be a long day…

  3. Great news on the speeds. I am listening to Paul Page and Donald Davidson from the Firestone Broadcast Booth on the 9th floor of the Pagoda.

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