Indy 500: Kaiser leads Rookies and Refreshers

The seven drivers who didn't participate in the April 24 Rookies and Refreshers test for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge got their chance in a two-hour session at IMS this afternoon, with Juncos Racing's Kyle Kaiser emerging top.

Indy 500: Kaiser leads Rookies and Refreshers

Kaiser, whose team Juncos Racing-Chevrolet is determined to try and make the show despite financial setbacks, set a 223.344mph lap on his 48th and final flyer to move to the top of the speed charts in the seven-car session.

That put him a hair quicker than Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Sage Karam and the Clauson-Marshall Racing-Chevy of Pippa Mann, who failed to qualify last year but easily completed her refresher program.

Patricio O’Ward was unable to complete even Phase 1 of his Rookie Orientation, due to the #31 Carlin car suffering a mechanical issue and having to be towed back to the garage.

Jordan King, driving a third Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda, turned an astonishing 82 laps and easily completed his Rookie test, while James Davison’s Dale Coyne Racing with Byrd & Belardi car was another successful Refresher.

Ben Hanley in the DragonSpeed-Chevy has completed two of his Rookie Orientation phases, but has a chance to complete it over the remainder of the day, in which the track is open to all 36 entrants.

Session results:

Pos. No. Driver Speed Laps Engine Team
1 32 Kyle Kaiser 223.344 49 Chevy Juncos Racing
2 24 Sage Karam 223.175 44 Chevy Dreyer and Reinbold Racing
3 39 Pippa Mann 221.297 41 Chevy Clauson-Marshall Racing
4 31 Patricio O'Ward 220.799 14 Chevy Carlin
5 42 Jordan King 220.125 82 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
6 33 James Davison 219.276 49 Honda Dale Coyne with Byrd and Belardi
7 81 Ben Hanley 216.645 44 Chevy DragonSpeed
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