Five of the Indianapolis 500 rookies aiming to enter the 96th running of the race have completed the Rookie Orientation Program, required before they are eligible to take part in qualifying.
Josef Newgarden, Bryan Clauson, James Jakes, Simon Pagenaud and Rubens Barrichello are all now cleared to run in the practice sessions that begin on Saturday ahead of next weekend's qualifying.
"I want to thank IndyCar for having the ROP,” said Barrichello after the day's work. "It allows you to progress gradually without too much pressure, so I was at ease with my car and the whole process."
In addition to the formal rookies required to take ROP, Michel Jourdain Jr. completed the same process in the form of a refresher course as this will be his first run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 16 years.
"It's fantastic. I was really enjoying it out there," said Jourdain Jr. "This was a starting point. I wanted to be patient, get through it with not making any stupid mistakes and go little by little. I think we did that."
"Today was all about getting through the test," said Jourdain Jr.'s car owner, Bobby Rahal. "You don't have the car trimmed out - it's just get through it and get on with it. It's as much about making sure we're ready to go on Saturday. I'm really pleased."
Dale Coyne Racing's James Jakes completed ROP last year but then failed to qualify for the race itself. He was asked to re-take ROP again this year, and insisted that he didn't mind in the least after setting the top time of all eight drivers with a best lap of 41.2338s (218.268 mph.)
"It's only ROP, but we sailed through the first three stages and it went well," he said. "I think I would have happy going straight out there, but it's good. You never complain about getting free laps on free tyres, you know. I think it's good, and I think they should maybe have a refresher day for everybody."
Simon Pagenaud's day was briefly interrupted when his car hit a bird, damaging a screen over the radiator intake. The bird, unfortunately, came off worse in the encounter.