Indianapolis 500 Opening Day

KBAfter an incredible last few days at IMS, the track opened up today for Indianapolis 500 practice. There were 721 total laps turned by 23 cars, with Will Power posting the fastest speed of 223.057 mph. Most importantly, there were no incidents, as most teams were working on chassis setup, and simply shaking down their cars. It was all Team Penske at the top, with two former 500 winners, Juan Montoya and Helio Castroneves finishing second and third on the speed chart. JR Hildebrand was fourth fastest in his return to the speedway, with his ECR machine.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and EJ Viso were working with Kurt Busch, putting the stock car ace in a tow so he could get a feel for it. Viso was driving James Hinchcliffe’s car, as the Canadian is undergoing more tests following his concussion during yesterday’s Grand Prix race. If Hinchcliffe is able to return and race in the 500, Viso will likely be on standby for either he or Kurt Busch, if there are weather delays. Simon Pagenaud’s winning car from yesterday’s race was already taken apart and being prepped by the crew.

There were plenty of rumblings in the garage area this morning, as the official entry list for the Indy 500 was released. There are six former winners and seven rookies, with 15 Chevrolet entries, compared to 18 for Honda. There are two drivers that will need to be extra careful this month, as they do not have backup cars for the race. That would be James Davison, and Buddy Lazier. There is a potential for bumping again this year, as rumors swirled that Katherine Legge could possibly have the required funding for a car.

Click here for the official 2014 Indianapolis 500 Entry List

The weather could be an issue this week, as there are several days that could be affected by rain, and the temperatures will be dropping over the next several days. Practice is scheduled for Monday through Friday this week, from Noon to 6 PM.  Click here to see the official practice results from Opening Day practice for the 2014 Indianapolis 500.

Below are highlights from Day 1 of practice for the Indy 500, courtesy of IndyCar.

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