It’s a grey, grey morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Day Two of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, featuring the road course for all four IndyCar Series. The wind is brisk, the skies threatening, and forecast grim.
In the Verizon IndyCar garages, things are bustling, but on a low key level. Not much engine noise, a few cars working their way through the Tech Shed, and inside the garages, last minute work being done for the 10am practice local time.
The IndyCar Rules Book has just been published much to the delight of those who work in Race Control, including BEAUX BARFIELD, GARY BARNHART and JOHNNY UNSER. Barfield is the IndyCar Series Race Director, Unser is a Driver’s Steward this weekend – one of a rotating panel who work in the tower during events, and Barnhart, who handles all the data used and needed during a session.
Left to Right: Johnny Unser, Gary Barnhart and Beaux Barfield.
Friday is Family Fun Day at the Speedway. Thursday was free to the fans.
Friday’s schedule is mostly qualifying and racing, with the fist group on course being the Verizon IndyCar Series, having a morning 45-minute practice before afternoon qualifying. The other three groups, the Road to Indy series will all qualify in the morning and race in the afternoon after IndyCar qualifying. They would be the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, Pro Mazda powered by Mazda, and Cooper Tires USF2000.
Around 9am local time, a Weather Alert was showing intermittently on the Media Center monitors. Stay tuned. Gotta love the midwest weather. If you don’t like it, wait five minutes.