Dixon Leads Rain Shortened Practice
May 14, 2008 | 7:58 P.M. EST
Twenty-nine drivers made the most of 30 minutes of green flag time to complete 390 laps. Following a four-hour, 56-minute rain delay, the session that was scheduled to run from noon-6 p.m., finally opened under running yellow conditions at 4:56 p.m. Following a brief red flag for a heavy mist, the green flag was shown at 5:19 p.m. More rain brought out the checkered flag at 5:49.
Dixon, who won the pole for the 500-Mile Race with a four-lap qualifying average of 226.366 mph, was followed by Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dan Wheldon, who turned a lap at 222.810. Andretti Green Racing drivers Marco Andretti, Hideki Mutoh and Danica Patrick were third-, fourth- and fifth-fast, respectively.
John Andretti, who took over the No. 24 Roth Racing entry May 10, was fastest among 23 drivers who have not qualified for the race. Andretti's fastest lap was 221.386 mph.
Practice is scheduled from noon-6 p.m. on May 15-16. Third Day Qualifying is scheduled for May 17, and Bump Day is slated for May 18.