The afternoon session began late and ended early. Cold temperatures and rain caused the test to be red flagged after about ten minutes of running. About 12 laps were run. Rinus VeeKay had the quickest time of the six drivers who completed a lap.
The second round was scheduled to start at 1:30 CDT, but the cars sat on pit lane warming their engines. Firestone prefers a track/air temperature combination of 100 degrees, which was never reached. At 2:14 cars got on track. The rain began and the red flag flew at 2:24. The checkered flag for the day was around 2:45.
It has been a frustrating day for all involved with less than 20 minutes of cars on track. The abbreviated day hurts the smaller teams and the teams that hadn’t tested with the aeeroscreen. Tomorrow’s forecast is for warmer temperatures, around 65, with a 50% chance of rain. The rain tomorrow is forecast for early in the day.
Tomorrow’s schedule all times Eastern:
Will Power and Pato O’Ward spoke to the media. Power said water entered the cockpit. he wasn’t sure where it came from, but he doesn’t think it was the vents. O’Ward is impressed with the aeroscreen from his earlier test at Sebring. He says Indycar still needs to work on the cooling inside the cockpit.
I will be heading home tomorrow but will cover the session from there. It’s been fun being back at the track with Indycar. While I’m disappointed I didn’t get to see much track action, it was great hearing the engines running and being around the paddock again.
Here are a few photos from this afternoon.