More than 1,000 laps got turned within the first two hours of Indianapolis 500 practice on Tuesday morning, as Verizon IndyCar Series teams sought to beat heavy thunderstorms headed for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
As the time of the yellow just before 2 p.m. ET, as heavy storms bucketed IMS, Andretti Autosport had its second straight 1-2 with James Hinchcliffe’s fill-in EJ Viso first and Kurt Busch second on the time sheets, two of three thus far over 224 mph on the day. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti were fastest on Monday.
In third was Juan Pablo Montoya, at 224.115. But an electrical problem caused him to stop on track on the grass at entry to Turn 4 before the storms hit, and his No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet for Penske Motorsports entry was taken back on a flatbed to the garage.
Here’s how the track looked after the rain fell, per Dario Franchitti of Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
— Dario Franchitti (@dariofranchitti) May 13, 2014
Thirty drivers turned laps before the rain with the only three not doing so rookie Jack Hawksworth and the two who haven’t yet been out this week, Buddy Lazier and James Davison. Sebastian Saavedra did make it out for seven laps in the No. 17 KV/AFS Racing Chevrolet after missing Sunday and Monday.
UPDATED, 2:50 p.m. ET: Due to the heavy rains, track activity was canceled for the remainder of the day, and the track closed.
Here’s the times from the truncated day.