Welcome to Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Day

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Welcome to a very sunny and warm Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I checked the forecast just before we left the hotel and it calls for a zero percent chance of rain and a high of 87°. That means there should be a good turnout of fans today, but it does not bode well for fast speeds.

The Juncos Racing team spent all night putting a new car together. They finished it up around 4:00 am and it passed tech inspection around 6:00 am. The troubles they have gone through this week make them a sentimental favorite. I really hope they can make the race. That would be the feel-good story of the month.

As I type, Fernando Alonso is the only car on track. He just turned a lap of 228.065 mph, which is the fastest time of this session. That’s a little misleading, because only five cars have posted times and the other four are all cars in danger of missing the race.

It is now 9:00 and they just announced that the track is now open to all cars. So we are going out to catch practice and then grab a bite to eat. Susan arrived last night and we will be posting throughout the weekend. You can also follow us on Twitter for more photos and videos. You may follow me at @Oilpressureblog and Susan at @MrsOilpressure. Please check back later.

George Phillips

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