First bit of running occurs Monday at IMS before rain


There’s been a little bit of running that occurred Monday morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with further rookie orientation and refresher laps, before the rain came to interrupt it before “all-skate” in the afternoon – all cars on track.

JR Hildebrand did a few laps in both teammate Josef Newgarden’s No. 21 Century 21 CFH Racing Chevrolet and his own No. 6 Preferred Freezer Services CFH Racing Chevrolet.

Others out included NBCSN IndyCar analyst Townsend Bell, for his first running of the month in the No. 24 Robert Graham Special Chevrolet for Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing, Sebastian Saavedra, Carlos Huertas, and rookie Stefano Coletti. Saavedra required a tow-in.

Coletti, who turned the most laps of the 116 in the session with 37, had this to say on Twitter afterwards:

Here was Bell with fellow NBCSN IndyCar TV man Kevin Lee, and later Bell noted how even during rain delay there are some iconic moments:

Here’s your quick speeds:

1. 6-JR Hildebrand, 220.074 mph, 10 Laps
2. 24-Townsend Bell, 218.752, 31
3. 21-JR Hildebrand, 218.517, 9
4. 17-Sebastian Saavedra, 217.166, 10
5. 18-Carlos Huertas, 216.152, 19
6. 4-Stefano Coletti, 214.077, 37