Good morning from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The track is damp and things are delayed here. Indycar plans to run the full schedule when the track dries. The rain is expected to stop just before noon ET, in about 50 minutes. Running may extend past 6 pm today and possibly run longer tomorrow than the original 4 pm end time.
The Practice groups for today:
Santino Ferrucci does not need a refresher test because he raced at Texas.
Romain Grosjean and Jimmie Johnson need to complete the last half of phase 3 of the rookie test. Because they need to run laps above 215 mph, they are allowed to practice with the veterans since they will be running comparable speeds.
Kanaan’s 500 Car Carries Number 1
Tony Kanaan and Chip Ganassi Racing unveiled the car Kanaan will drive in the Indianapolis 500.
The American Legion sponsored machine will carry the number 1. Chip Ganassi Racing has the rights to that number since Alex Palou won the NTT Indycar Series title in 2021. It’s great to have a car number 1 in the race. It would be even greater if the actual champion would use it.
The Search for 33 Continues
Still no word on who the 33rd 500 entry will be, but I understand that work toward that goal is ongoing. I am hoping we hear something during this test.
Several Indianapolis 500 liveries have come out the past few days. I will have a post up later today presenting the new liveries.
Coming in a bit, a story about news which burst onto the scene this morning and has many people up in the air.