INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – IndyCar Series drivers had to dodge rain drops Friday morning during their last practice before qualifying for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis later that afternoon.
“We’ll be looking at the weather and tuned to your channel to make sure we know what to do,” Helio Castroneves told 24 Hour News 8’s Amanda Maynard. “Yesterday was really hot and dry and now it’s wet, but the good news is it’s the same for everybody.”
The wet weather was much different than the conditions the drivers faced during the first day of practice and the open test last week.
“It’s what you’re used to in IndyCar racing,” Josef Newgarden said. “I think we have to be nimble, agile, and able to adapt to conditions. We go to all different tracks. Conditions and trying to adapt are a big part of it.”
Simon Pagenaud turned the fastest lap of the practice session at 105.585 mph.
Qualifying consists of three segments:
The first segment will be broken into two groups. Both groups will run for 10 minutes with the six drivers with the fastest lap times advancing from each group. The drivers that don’t advance will make up positions 13 to 25 on the starting grid.
Segment two is one 10-minute session. The six cars with the fastest times advance to segment three, the Firestone Fast Six. The drivers that don’t make it out of segment two will fill positions seven through 12.
The third segment is one 10-minute run that will determine the pole winner and the rest of the first three rows.
Times do not carry over from session to session.
Qualifying beings at 2 p.m. Friday and is expected to be over by 3:10 p.m.