INDIANAPOLIS — In an effort to place more rubber on the washed-out track and give drivers warmup time, officials at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has scheduled a practice period Friday for the 33 starters in Saturday's rescheduled Indianapolis 500.
The announcement Tuesday said the 30-minute session will be conducted under a caution flag and with a speed limit of 100 to 120 m.p.h. The cars will be allowed to pass as long as they stay under the limit.
Meanwhile, the sun finally shined on the speedway Tuesday afternoon. There is a 40% chance of showers today, but the weather is expected to improve for the race, which was rained out Sunday and Monday. The extended forecast for Saturday is good, with partly sunny skies.
Pole-sitter Rick Mears criticized the decision to have a practice. "The track is going to be no different than it would have been Sunday or Monday," Mears said. "It's just a better chance for mechanical problems. It could be a dangerous situation."