Indy 500 – D1: Rain limits drivers to 24 minutes of driving, Dixon the fastest

It's one of the most anticipated days of the year, and unfortunately the rain couldn't help but make its way to the first official day of testing for the Indianapolis 500!

Published on 15/05/2024 à 14:28

Michael Duforest

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Indy 500 – D1: Rain limits drivers to 24 minutes of driving, Dixon the fastest

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The 34 drivers entered in this 108th edition of the largest single-seater race in the world were able to enjoy 24 minutes on the track, before the rain appeared. First with a few small drops, then with more sustained showers, which forced the race direction not to restart the session. The precipitation still hasn't stopped this Wednesday, and today's session, extended to start at 16 p.m. French time, should experience a delay of two to three hours at best.

Because to be able to drive safely on an oval at an average speed of more than 380 km/h, the track must of course not be wet! The four kilometers of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway generally take up to 2 hours to be completely dry. An incessant sweep of dryers, using jet engines, follow one another as soon as the bad weather becomes sufficiently mild.

On the track, however, the combination of a session at 15 a.m. local time (229,107 p.m. in France) and a very cloudy sky allowed us to see some good entry times! Scott Dixon (Ganassi) finished the day with the fastest time, averaging 368,7 mph (2008 km/h). The New Zealander, winner in 665, is still chasing a second success, despite five pole positions (he could equal the legend Rick Mears with a sixth), and a total of XNUMX laps led in the event, a record in the material.

An unrepresentative 14th place for Grosjean

Marco Andretti (Andretti) and Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan) completed the top 3 in a very short session. Only 26 drivers completed flying laps, out of the 34 currently entered. 33 will start the Indy 500 on May 26, the name of the driver missing the mark will be determined during a qualifying session on Sunday. Romain Grosjean, the only Frenchman entered in the 2024 edition, finished the day in 14th place.

Times which are obviously not representative, and we hope to find a few hours of driving this Wednesday. This should provide a first idea of ​​the forces present who only want to succeed Josef Newgarden, reigning winner of the event!

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