• 6 pass their rookie tests at IMS

    May 11, 2012 No comments

    Six drivers completed the three required speed phases during Rookie Orientation Program activities yesterday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

    Josef Newgarden and Bryan Clauson of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, James Jakes of Dale Coyne Racing, Simon Pagenaud of Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports and Rubens Barrichello of KV Racing Technology completed the 40-lap test, clearing the way for them to compete in the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 27. Michel Jourdain Jr., who last raced at Indianapolis in 1996, also completed the speed phases.

    Wade Cunningham of A.J. Foyt Racing completed two of the three phases. He, along with Jean Alesi of Fan Force United, can complete the final phase when ROP resumes at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon.

    The Rookie Orientation Program is designed to provide first-year drivers an informal opportunity to get acquainted with the 2.5-mile oval. The three speed phases, which were set by INDYCAR based on the weather and track conditions, were: Phase 1: 10 laps at 200-205 mph; Phase 2: 15 laps at 205-210 mph; and Phase 3: 15 Laps at 210 mph-plus.

    Jakes set the fastest lap of the session, running a lap of 41.2338 seconds, 218.268 mph in the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda.

    For Alesi, the 18 laps he turned in the No. 64 Lotus – FP Journe – Fan Force United Lotus were his initial laps in an IZOD IndyCar Series machine as well as his first ever laps on an oval.

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