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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.
Photos from the opening weekend of practice for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
IZOD IndyCar Series teams took to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the opening weekend of practice for the 96th Indianapolis 500.
The second day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 is often used by teams working on race preparation while others are involved in the search for speed.
Rookie driver Josef Newgarden of Henderson, Tenn., was the fastest driver in Saturday’s opening day with a fast lap of 220.250 miles per hour in a Dallara/Chevrolet for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.
Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will be getting a new car number for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Six IZOD IndyCar Series drivers completed the three required speed phases during Rookie Orientation Program activities May 10 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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

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