It was a wet and wild day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday. After cold temperatures and rain delayed the start of Indy 500 practice until 5:00, the track got busy. There were 29 cars that went out when the green flag dropped, but only 28 of them came back in one piece. Rookie Jack Hawksworth made contact with the SAFER barrier in Turn 3, crumbling his BHA machine at 6:01 PM. It was the first incident of the month, and he was checked and released from the care center, and has been cleared to drive. The team does have a back up car.
Simon Pagenaud, winner of the Grand Prix race last weekend, turned the fastest lap of the month so far, at 226.122 mph. JR Hildebrand was second quick, driving the number 21 car for Ed Carpenter’s team. There were eight drivers that crossed the 225 mph barrier. The SAFER barrier where Hawksworth hit had to be repaired, and rain eventually ended the session around 6:35. There were a total of 1,044 laps turned on Wednesday.
Practice for Thursday is scheduled from Noon – 6 PM. James Davison will begin his Rookie Orientation Program before the practice session begins, driving his number 33 KV Racing machine. The weather will once again be chilly, with a threat of rain showers. The forecast is for temperatures in the low 50’s, and a 30% chance of precipitation.
IndyCar announced today that Chevrolet has been fined $20,000 and penalized 10 engine manufacturer points for violations of the engine regulations in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Penske Racing were both fined $1,000 for technical violations on the cars of Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves.
Below is video of Hawksworth’s crash today, courtesy of Chris Hughson on YouTube.