What A Cluster…!
While the official story that qualifying would be delayed while they fixed the fence, word travelled quickly through the media center that there were high-level meetings going on between IndyCar and the manufacturers. As I posted earlier, the boost was ordered to be dialed back to Race Day levels.
Then word leaked out that Honda teams would have to qualify with the same aero kit pieces that they planned to race with. Chevy teams did not have the same restrictions. As you can imagine, Honda teams were livid. Then we heard that the Honda teams were summoned back into the meeting. Nothing official yet. Mark Miles will address the media shortly. More on that later.
In the meantime, IMS President Doug Boles announced that we would not see cars on track until practice at 1:30, with two separate groups going. Then, qualifying will take place at 3:15…about the time the rain might start falling. Everyone gets one shot and there will be no Fast Nine Shootout.
Needless to say, it has been an interesting morning. I’ll have more after the Miles press conference.