The day before qualification runs at the Indianapolis 500 is billed “Fast Friday.”
For 19 minutes anyway.
Then the rains hit again.
Ed Carpenter, last year’s pole sitter at the venerable brickyard, got the rain-delayed practice session off to a flying start by posting a lap of 230.522 mph — the first time a driver has topped 230 mph at Indy since Scott Dixon went 233-plus in 2001 with older cars and rules.
But then another band of severe weather rolled in and drenched the 2.5-mile track, ending further speed runs.
Las Vegas’ Kurt Busch, bidding to become the fourth driver to race in the Indy 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, got onto the track for a shakedown run, but that was it.
“Didn’t get our qualifying (preparation) run in today before the rain came out,” Busch posted on his Twitter account.
Busch alluded to his Las Vegas roots after he drew the 23rd spot for Saturday’s qualifying.
“Do I have to put a dollar in?” he joked. “Back in the Legends Series, we used to have to put a dollar in the hat. That was beer money at the end of the year.”
Busch, driving for the formidable Andretti Autosport stable, was among the fastest drivers early in the week before the rains began at Indianapolis, curtailing his practice time.