Kurt Busch and Jacques Villeneuve begin Indianapolis 500 build-up

Kurt Busch and Jacques Villeneuve completed their mandatory Indianapolis 500 refresher programmes on Tuesday

Kurt Busch and Jacques Villeneuve begin Indianapolis 500 build-up

The duo drove 66 and 83 laps of Indianapolis Motor Speedway respectively before the day was cut short by rain.

Busch, who will make his Indy 500 debut in a fifth Andretti Autosport entry (pictured), achieved a highest average lap speed of 220.844mph, while Villeneuve managed a best average lap of 217.742mph in his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry.

Busch and Villeneuve at Indy in the AUTOSPORT news gallery

"Overall, it was a good day just to settle in with the team and advance further than rookie orientation," Busch said.

"It felt good to give feedback to the team from the car and have them explain things to me how we're going to move forward.

"They continued to change downforce combinations on the car and it was just neat to feel all that and check it off the list.

"The last run we made was just about where they would unload for race trim."

Villeneuve won the 500 in 1995 and Busch tested at IMS last year, but both were required to undertake the refresher, which consists of the latter two phases of the Rookie Orientation Programme, in order to be cleared for practice early next month.

Preparations now move to the IMS road course, with an IndyCar open test scheduled for Wednesday ahead of next weekend's inaugural race on the newly-completed circuit.

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