Warm temperatures finally arrive for Indy 500 practice

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STORY BY EMILY BARKER

SPEEDWAY – Day 4 of Indy 500 practice is in the books at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and with rain expected to move in later in the week, drivers were out on the track trying to get in as many laps as possible.

It is so important to get done everything you need to in the week because we are looking at some rain later in the forecast. I think that is why you have seen a lot of action out here the last couple of days. Everyone has been trying to get their work in because they know the rain is coming and you don’t want to be caught off guard in this place,” Josef Newgarden said.

Indiana is not known for consistent forecasts so getting in laps on nice days is very important. The weather Tuesday was warmer than the previous practice days and more like what teams would like to have on race day.

“We ran a lot in the second half of the day when it was hot thinking that if we can make the car work really well now, that’s if nothing else, going to put us in a good spot when the race does roll around,” said JR Hildebrand.

James Hinchcliffe posted the fastest lap Tuesday at 224.210 mph. JR Hildebrand followed behind with 223.652 mph. Hinchcliffe, driver of the GoDaddy Number  27 car, posted his lap in his teammate Marco Andretti’s 25 car.
“We did a bit of a ride swap today just to check out a few things and I think we learned what we needed to there. This afternoon we were a little less happy and we had a bit of a problem develop so we lost a bit of running this afternoon which is too bad,” said James Hinchcliffe.
Wednesday looks to be warm but windy at IMS and a chance of rain moves into the forecast Thursday which will affect practice if the track is slick.

Pole Day is Saturday and the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 is next Sunday, May 26.

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