Opening Day Indy 500 practice split into three sessions

Image by Scott LePage/LAT

Opening Day Indy 500 practice split into three sessions


Opening Day Indy 500 practice split into three sessions


The Verizon IndyCar Series has split the opening day of practice for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 into three sessions, starting with a two-hour outing for veterans from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET.

Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay, Alexander Rossi, Marco Andretti, Zach Veach, and Carlos Munoz will be rolling in the first session. They’ll be joined by Carlin Racing’s Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton, Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais and Conor Daly, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s JR Hildebrand, Ed Carpenter Racing’s Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot, A.J. Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon and Ed Jones, Harding Racing’s Gabby Chaves, Michael Shank Racing’s Jack Harvey, Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, Helio Castroneves, Will Power, and Simon Pagenaud, Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato, and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe.

Once those 24 drivers are done at 1 p.m., five will take over until 3 p.m. as Andretti’s Stefan Wilson, Coyne’s Pippa Mann, Foyt’s James Davison, and Scuderia Corsa/Rahal’s Oriol Servia complete refreshers. Coyne’s Zachary Claman De Melo will be the only driver completing the Rookie Orientation Program.

Provided all five are successful, they will transfer into the 3-6 p.m. session where the 24 veterans and six new drivers, DRR’s Sage Karam, ECR’s Danica Patrick, Foyt’s Matheus Leist, Juncos Racing’s Kyle Kaiser, plus SPM’s Robert Wickens and Jay Howard are free to participate.