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UPDATED: Indy 500 qualifying back underway after 2nd rain delay

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UPDATE (4:10 p.m. ET): We’re back underway with qualifying for the May 27th Indy 500 after a second rain delay.

Cars are back on the track and Robert Wickens is the first out, resuming his rain-delayed effort.

UPDATE (3:46 p.m. ET) : Track officials believe they can resume around 4:30 p.m. ET.

ORIGINAL STORY:

For the second time this afternoon, rain has interrupted qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.

Only 24 of the 35 cars entered have taken full qualifying passes.

Qualifying and bumping were originally scheduled to go to 5:50 p.m. ET this afternoon.

But now with rain once again inundating the racetrack — and with weather radar showing the storm will likely remain in the area until at least 4 p.m. ET — it’s unclear if officials of the Verizon IndyCar Series will extend qualifying and potential bumping.

The Speedway does not have lights so about the longest qualifying could go would be maybe 8 p.m. ET.

Helio Castroneves remains the fastest driver to have taken a four-lap qualifying effort thus far with an average speed of 228.919 mph.

MotorSportsTalk will keep you up to date with any further developments as they become available. Please check back with us frequently.

Twin sisters chosen for Lincoln Tech-Schmidt Peterson Mentorship Program

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Lincoln Tech and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced a continuation of their long-time partnership earlier this year, and part of that partnership included a return of their mentorship program, which sees Lincoln Tech students join SPM’s team during select race weekends.

The ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway will add a new and interesting chapter to that program as the students selected happen to be twin sisters.

Jacqueline and Nathalie Mische, who are studying Automotive Technology at Lincoln Tech’s East Windsor, CT campus, will be part of James Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda team during the Pocono weekend.

Jacqueline and Nathalie Mische will be part of James Hinchcliffe’s team at Pocono. Photo: IndyCar

What’s even more interesting is that Jacqueline and Nathalie previously worked in a hair salon as after graduating from beauty school. They explained that one of their Lincoln Tech instructors, Kristopher Fluckiger, put the idea of pursuing a career in the racing field in their heads.

“He was a Lincoln Tech graduate, and then he was actually a racer,” Natalie and Jacqueline said of Mr. Fluckiger in a video release by Lincoln Tech detailing their story. “When we had him for steering and suspension, he always told us about stagger and race cars. He integrated racing into everything he was teaching us.”

And the young women feel both humbled and surprised by the opportunity at hand.

“It’s still so surreal. When everyone told us that we got chosen – to be able to go, we feel honored that we get that opportunity,” Natalie revealed.

Jacqueline added, “Especially two of us from one campus, we kind of didn’t think we could (both get nominated).”

Kevin Clark, Director of Education at the East Windsor campus, spoke very highly of the Mische sisters and feels that they both earned the opportunity.

“(They) are truly deserving of this honor – being selected for the SPM Mentor program,” said Clark. “They are outstanding students with exceptional GPAs and near-perfect attendance. They are always upbeat, positive, and smiling while actively engaged in their education and helping others.”

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