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2013 Indy 500: Rain stops Fast Friday play

The drivers were unconcerned that the rain might affect qualifying: "It rained pretty hard the other night and the track was OK the next day," pointed out Marco Andretti. However, fears that more storms might roll in later on Saturday will concentrate the minds of all concerned.

Conor Daly was one of the drivers hardest hit by the day's premature conclusion, left all dressed up in his firesuit with no where to go. The #41 AJ Foyt Racing car was still being put together again after its heavy crash on Thursday, and the team had been hoping to get it back out on track for the last two hours of the session only to find the weather had beaten them to it.

The only car not yet to put in an appearance on the track this week is the still-driverless #99 Schmidt-Peterson car, with the team opting to make sure that they get regular drivers Tristan Vautier and Simon Pagenaud firmly locked into the grid for next weekend's race before splitting their focus onto a third entry.

The all-French line-up at Schmidt had enjoyed some relaxed fun earlier on Friday morning, with Pagenaud turning into the team's crepe chef to serve up breakfast while Vautier offered up advice from the safety of the sidelines.

Reporting from trackside by Lynne Huntting, PressSnoop.com

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