Posted May 10, 2012 on AP on Fox
Jean Alesi, Rubens Barrichello and Michel Jourdain Jr. are hardly rookies. Yet on Thursday, the three veterans each were given a chance to refresh their skills during the rookie orientation program at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the Indy 500 coming up on May 27. This is no ordinary rookie class. Barrichello made a record 322 starts in Formula One. Alesi started more than 200 times in F1, and Jourdain has driven in various series throughout the world. But the three familiar names have little or no experience on ovals. Eight rookies, including Barrichello, could have completed their rookie tests. English driver Katherine Legge was the only rookie who did not make it onto the track. Her team owner, Jay Penske, is looking for a more competitive engine and has filed a $4.6 million suit against engine manufacturer Lotus.
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