Heavy rain washed out half of what was a quick Fast Friday

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SPEEDWAY – After being nearly rain free for two years, Mother Nature made her presence felt at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Just after 3 P.M. on Friday afternoon a major thunderstorm came through the Speedway area, drenching the track and the fans while stopping the practice session for the day.

It’s just the second delay of the month but the first was just a half-hour on opening day and slightly delayed what was already a light practice day. Friday’s rain is much more significant and threatens to rain out the final practice before Saturday’s pole day.

Before the rains came out the extra boost of horsepower added to the Izod IndyCar Series machines were producing the highest speeds of the month. Andretti Autosport driver E.J. Viso clocked the fastest lap of the day by becoming the only one this month to crack 229 miles an hour. Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz and Will Power all broke the 228 miles per hour barrier before the rains came.