Indy Testing Rained Out
October 23, 2001 | 5:00 A.M. EST
Arie Luyendyk and Buzz Calkins weren’t so lucky Tuesday. The two drivers were supposed to test at the historic 2.5-mile oval in Speedway, Ind., but heavy morning rain put a stop to that.
Forty-eight-year-old Luyendyk, a two-time winner of the Indy 500, was scheduled to test a Treadway Racing machine in anticipation of the 86th running of the Indy 500. Calkins, the 1996 IRNLS co-champion, was expected to test, too.
Rookie Rick Treadway, son of Treadway Racing owner Fred Treadway, is expected to join Luyendyk and Calkins on Wednesday. He will join Luyendyk in what will be a two-car team at Indy. Luyendyk may also compete in a race or two prior to the 500 next season.
Wednesday’s forecast calls for more rain in Indy.
Since the IRNLS season ended on Oct. 6, 10 teams and 11 drivers have tested at IMS. Jaques Lazier has the fastest offseason testing speed with a 225.006 mph lap in Team Menard’s No. 2 Dallara-Aurora.
Reigning Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves took a break from his CART duties and also tested at the Speedway last week.