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Both Lotus cars get black-flagged for slow speeds
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The two Lotus cars have been pulled off the track for going too slow at the Indianapolis 500.
Simona de Silvestro and Jean Alesi, were black-flagged after just 10 laps. The cars were running 14 mph and 15 mph slower than the race leaders, too slow to complete laps within IndyCar's mandated time limit from the leaders.
The Lotus engines have struggled all year, far behind Honda and Chevrolet.
De Silvestro of Switzerland qualified 32nd last weekend, more than 12 mph off Ryan Briscoe's pole-winning speed. Frenchman Alesi, a former Formula One driver, started 33rd and last Sunday after qualifying almost 16 1/2 mph off Briscoe's pace.
The first caution came on lap 16 Sunday when rookie Bryan Clauson spun but did not hit the wall.
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