The second day of practice for the 98th Indianapolis 500 felt different. Because of everything that has transpired over the past week here at the speedway, it just didn’t feel like a Monday. There was definitely a lot more action on the track today, as Mother Nature has essentially threatened the rest of the week. There were a few short yellows for sprinkles, but no rain – yet. That will likely come tomorrow, and last a few days. Temperatures will struggle to hit 60 degrees on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. This meant that teams had to use their time wisely today, as there may not be much practice time before qualifications this weekend.
Ryan Hunter-Reay had the fastest speed of the day, at 225.025 mph. There were a total of 2,286 laps turned on Monday. Both Ryan Briscoe and Charlie Kimball had their engines switched over from their T cars to their primary ones. We likely won’t see James Davison until Thursday, when he will have to complete his ROP before he can qualify for the race.
There were several drivers/teams that got their oval cars on the track for the first time today, including Pippa Mann, Sebastien Bourdais, Oriol Servia, Jack Hawksworth, and Carlos Huertas. We also got to see Ganassi’s silver cars, driven by ‘500’ winners Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan. The special livery celebrates the 25 year anniversary for Target.
On a sad note, it was learned that the legendary AJ Watson passed away early Monday morning. The incredibly successful car builder/mechanic had just turned 90 years old last week. IMS released a statement on Watson’s passing, which you can read here.
Below are the highlights from Day 2 of practice, courtesy of IndyCar.