2 cars qualify before rain hits Indianapolis 500

May 22, 2011 - 11:29 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — American Graham Rahal and Brazilian Ana Beatriz have tentatively qualified for the Indianapolis 500.

Beatriz made the first run Sunday, completing her four laps with an average of 223.979 mph. That's the slowest speed in the field. She currently holds the No. 26 starting spot.

Rahal posted an average speed of 224.380, completing the run as rain fell on the south end of the 2.5-mile oval. He's tentatively in the No. 25 starting spot.

Immediately after Rahal finished, the track was closed because of lightning and heavy rain. Qualifying is scheduled to go until 6 p.m. Sunday. The race will be held May 29.

Danica Patrick, Marco Andretti and Ryan Briscoe are expected to make qualifying attempts when the track dries.