Veteran French driver Sebastian Bordays of AJ Foyt Racing was the fastest Thursday of 32 drivers who participated in Thursday’s open training for the 105th Indianapolis 500, which included a rainfall delay of more than five hours on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Pordes was among a group of 11 drivers who climbed the 2.5-mile (4,023 km) elliptical in the last 70 minutes of track activity in the Veterans’ Regeneration Trials and Apprentice Steering Program, and took a distance of 224,427 mph (361,180 km each). 1 hour) in the iconic # 14 Chevrolet ROKiT presented by American AJ Foyt, four-time Indy 500 winner.
The veteran French driver performed the lap in the closing minutes of the final session, which resembles the “happy hour” of Indy 500 training day with car races in aerobic groups.
He was among the veterans who needed to complete a two-stage upgrade test because he did not compete in the 2020 “The Greatest Show of Racing”.
“Good review for AJ Foyt # 14,” said Pordes. “That ROKiT was so good. It always feels a little different when it starts at low speed and the car is never leveled, but we went through both stages and we’re ready to go tomorrow and start working properly. It’s all good.”
Rain paused the Veterans Only inaugural session at 12:30 PM (ET). A second heavy rain at around 3:15 PM the track activity was delayed until the track reopened at 6:03 pm under a blue sky and sunlight allowing the session to continue.
Connor Daly was the second fastest driver overall and the fastest in the morning’s 90-minute session before torrential downpours hit Indianapolis.
Dali’s highest lap was 222,714 (358,423 kilometers per hour) in the US Air Force’s 47th Chevrolet Ed Carpenter Racing, also powered by an air trailer.
Sage Karam finished third in the overall standings with a score of 222,408 (357,930 km), with his best lap of the 24th Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet also in the final session after the rain stopped taking center stage with an unwanted presence.
Ed Carpenter, a three-time Indy 500 winner, finished fourth with a score of 221,296 (356,141 kilometers) at the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet.
Three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, Brazilian Helio Castroneves completed the top five with a score of 221,097 (355,821) in Honda’s No. 06 Mayer Shank.
Rookie of the Year, Rinus VeeKay broke his finger in an accident at Turn 1 after just 11 minutes of track activity in his ECR-presented # 21 Chevrolet Sonax / Autogeek. He was allowed to drive.
Meanwhile, Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya, 45, returned to the 500-mile competition as a rookie After winning them on his debut in 2000, he completed 45 laps at No. 86 (Arrow McLaren SP) and set his best time at 352,621 kilometers per hour.
The Indianapolis 105-mile version is scheduled to launch on Sunday May 30.
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES season kicks off April 17-18 with the AmFirst’s Honda Indy Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.