A Thursday forecast that calls for poor weather conditions in the Indianapolis area has forced IndyCar to cancel that day’s Rookie Orientation Program at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. According to Curt Cavin of The Indianapolis Star, no make-up date has been given as of now.
“We have been monitoring the weather reports in Indianapolis to make sure the conditions would be suitable for ample on-track activity,” INDYCAR president of operations and strategy Brian Barnhart said to IndyCar.com. “With the strong chance for rain and the lower ambient temperatures, we felt it was best to postpone our Rookie Orientation Program until a later date.”
NBC affiliate WTHR-TV in Indianapolis expects temperatures to only climb into the high 50s on Thursday, which also features a chance for scattered storms.
A.J. Allmendinger, Tristan Vautier, Conor Daly and Carlos Munoz are slated to take part in the exercises, which are mandatory for all first-time Indianapolis 500 racers. The ROP consists of three speed phases that must be passed: 10 laps at 200-205 miles per hour, another 10 laps at 205-209 miles per hour, and 15 laps at 210+ miles per hour.
Rookies are required to complete the first two phases on the designated ROP day, but can complete the final phase during the first week of “500” practice as long as it’s done before Pole Day on May 18.