Photo: Rinus VeeKay suffered a broken finger in an accident shortly after the test session began.
Rain halted the open test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway just before the end of the two hour veterans’ practice period. 21 drivers posted times in the abbreviated session.
Conor Daly has the fastest time at the moment, a lap of 222.714 miles an hour. Ed Carpenter is second at 221.296. Scott Dixon had the third quickest time at 220.575, followed by Arrow McLaren SP teammates Felix Rosenqvist and Pato O’Ward. The top five are the only cars with laps above 220 miles an hour.
The practice got off to a slow start when Rinus VeeKay spun in turn 1 just 10 minutes into the session. VeeKay said he was caught by a gust of wind. His left front wheel got into the grass and the car spun into the outside wall. VeeKay suffered a broken finger in the accident.
The rain has stopped and crews have begun to dry the track. Rookie Orientation and Refresher tests will begin when the track is ready. Cody Ware and Pietro Fittipaldi are the only two who need to complete the three phases of the rookie test.
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The top 10:
|1||47||Conor Daly||Ed Carpenter Racing||Chevy||222.714||18|
|2||20||Ed Carpenter||Ed Carpenter Racing||Chevy||221.296||9|
|3||9||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda||220.575||9|
|4||7||Felix Rosenqvist||Arrow McLaren SP||Chevy||220.360||16|
|5||5||Pato O’Ward||Arrow McLaren SP||Chevy||220.233||23|
|6||10||Alex Palou||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda||219.969||13|
|7||26||Colton Herta||Andretti Autosport||Honda||219.846||8|
|8||27||Alexander Rossi||Andretti Autosport||Honda||219.640||10|
|9||12||Will Power||Team Penske||Chevy||219.635||16|
|10||60||Jack Harvey||Meyer Shank Racing||Honda||219.519||6|
I’ll be back with a wrap up after 6 pm.