Indy 500 practice update: Rain stops play on a busy Tuesday morning (UPDATED)

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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.

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.

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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.