Rain Cancels Qualification Again

Persistent rain forced cancellation of Sunday’s qualifying for the 90th Indianapolis 500, setting up a scramble to fill the 33-car field on Saturday in preparation for the May 28th classic.

The track dried to allow two brief practice sessions, with competitors turning in the fastest laps of the month before sprinkles returned to the 2.5-mile oval and forced cancellation of track activities for the third straight day.

Target Chip Ganassi’s Scott Dixon quickly put down a lap of 227.274 mph to lead the first session, before teammate Dan Wheldon posted a sizzling lap of 228.663 mph to lead the second group. Hot on Wheldon’s heels were Marlboro Team Penske teammates Sam Hornish Jr. (228.220) and Helio Castroneves (227.888).

All five of the Andretti Green Racing drivers were in positions five through 12, led by Dario Franchitti (226.960) and defending pole winner Tony Kanaan (226.389).

Fastest from outside the three superteams was Vision’s Ed Carpenter, seventh at 225.262 mph.

At 2:30 p.m., crews were drying the speedway, with plans of resuming the final 19 minutes for the second practice grow. However, the skies opened up, ending track activities.

Rain cut short the opening three days of practice this week, then cancelled both Friday practice and Saturday’s opening qualifying.

Practice resumes Wednesday-Friday, noon- 6 p.m., with qualifying next Saturday and Bump Day on Sunday, May 21.

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Auto Club 500

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