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The third day of practice for the 2012 Indianapolis 500. Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing rookie Josef Newgarden had the fastest lap of the day once again, while Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay was 2nd quick. They and Graham Rahal, who had an engine issue, discuss their days.
A flurry of activity in the final hour of practice saw the fast time of the day change numerous times as teams searched for speed out of the new Dallara DW12 chassis with turbocharged engines. But at the end of the day, the driver who ended up on top was once again rookie Josef Newgarden of Henderson, Tenn.
IndyCar, the sanctioning body for the IZOD IndyCar Series, announced today that it will condense its Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program (ROP) into three speed phases from its traditional four, while still maintaining a total of 40 laps for the program.
Beloved actor-entertainer Jim Nabors will not attend the 96th Indianapolis 500 due to heart-valve replacement surgery scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, but he will continue his tradition of singing “(Back Home Again in) Indiana” during pre-race ceremonies