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Heavy rain and lightning delays Indy 500 Qualifying

Qualifications for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil are delayed due to rain and lightning that arrived at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the session was about to start at 11 a.m. ET. Updates to come.

Overcast skies and misting conditions this morning delayed the start of pre-qualifying practice for the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. The green flag waved to start practice at 8:10 a.m., 10 minutes later than scheduled.

The 33-car field is split into two groups based on the qualifying draw for the practice session. Each group was to receive 30 minutes of track time – with 20 minutes guaranteed under green-flag conditions. At the completion of the two groups, any remaining time until 9:30 a.m. is open to all cars.

No cars went on track, however, until Sage Karam pulled the No. 24 DRR Mecum Auctions Chevrolet onto the 2.5-mile oval at 8:23 a.m. Conor Daly followed soon after in the No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet.

Along with Karam and Daly, only Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda) took advantage of the 30-minute practice for the first group. Daly ran 10 laps with a top speed of 225.080 mph. Karam and Hunter-Reay each completed three laps.

The practice session for the second group began at 8:40 a.m. Jack Harvey was the first on track in the No. 50 Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport Honda. A caution waved at 9 a.m. for light moisture on the circuit, but the track returned to green conditions eight minutes later. At 9:10, the track opened to all competitors.

Five cars from the second group wound up turning laps, led by Gabby Chaves (No. 88 Harding Racing Chevrolet) at 228.160 mph and Graham Rahal (228.007). In all, just 51 total laps were recorded for the session.

Cars must be in the technical inspection line by 10:15 a.m. to secure their position for their guaranteed qualifying attempt. Qualifying runs from 11 a.m.-5:50 p.m. Tune in to WatchESPN from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and to ABC from 4-6 p.m. for live coverage.

Source: indycar.com

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