Carpenter Fastest, Rookies Prepare As Indy Opens

By Dean Pantazi

Carpenter Fastest, Rookies Prepare As Indy Opens

May 12, 2013 Updated May 12, 2013 at 1:21 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, May 11, 2003) - Ninety minutes was all that was necessary for three first-year Indianapolis 500 competitors to complete the three phases of the Rookie Orientation Program on Opening Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday.

Tristan Vautier joined AJ Allmendinger and Carlos Munoz in breezing through the session that split full field practice. They were then cleared to join veterans on the 2.5-mile oval for practice building up to Pole Day qualifying on May 18.

Sixteen driver/car combinations turned laps on the first day and Ed Carpenter topped the speed chart with a lap of 220.970 mph.

Josef Newgarden was second quick at 220.920 mph, Munoz cranked out a best lap of 220.720 mph in the waning minutes of practice.

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