Will Power was the man at the top of the speed chart after today’s abbreviated practice session. The Penske driver finished with a top speed of 227.414 in a day where Chevy found its speed. Four of the five drivers in the top five were in Chevy powered machines with Marco Andretti (225.833) as the lone Honda driver in the top five.
Teams started working out the kinks in their race day setups and cars coming down the straightaway 3-wide was a common sight today with several passes taking place, particularly going into turn 1 today.
Josef Newgarden, who will start the race in second was the second fastest today with a top average speed of 226.393. Pole sitter James Hinchcliffe sat third on the chart with a top average of 226.393.
“I think today is the most representative day that we’re going to get going into Sunday, which was great,” said Newgarden after practice today. He added, “Everyone needed to see what’s going to happen in a pack. To me, some guys looked good at certain points, and then they looked really bad at other points. I think that’s how it’s going to be on race day.”
“This was like Carb Day on steroids because we were out there doing it for four hours. It got a bit hairy a few times, actually. Nobody wants to go out there and tear up a race car this close to race day, for sure. It was pretty hairy out there, but that’s representative of what it will be like in the race. In the race, when you have that many cars in a group, you won’t be able to run fast times,” said Pippa Mann about the intensity in practice today. She will start 25th on Sunday.
Today marks the last day of track activity for the Verizon INDYCAR series until Friday’s Carb Day activities. The next track activity will be practice and qualifying for the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires’ Freedom 100 on Thursday, May 26.
The entries into the annual TAG Heuer Indianapolis 500 Pit Stop Competition was announced today. Participating drivers/teams are: 2-Montoya, 3-Castroneves, 5-Hinchcliffe, 7-Aleshin, 9-Dixon, 14-Sato, 15-Rahal, 24-Karam, 26-Munoz, 28-Hunter-Reay, 42-Kimball and 61-Brabham. The full bracket will be set Thursday by draw. The 61 team of Matthew Brabham will consist of military veterans and first responders in a partnership with the Chris Kyle foundation.
The schedule for track activity on Friday is listed below:
7 a.m. – Garages open
10:15 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 Field Photo at Yard of Bricks.
11 a.m. – Final Indianapolis 500 practice, NBCSN (Live)
12:30 p.m. – Indy Lights Freedom 100 (40 laps/100 miles), NBCSN (Live)
1:30 p.m. – TAG Heuer Indianapolis 500 Pit Stop Competition.