Indy 500 Practice, May 13

The second day of practice has concluded here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sebastian Saavedra won five thousand dollars for having the fastest lap of the day at 221.526 mph, which was also the fastest lap of the month.

Bryan Clauson and Josef Newgarden also hit the 221 mph barrier on the day. They were the two fastest drivers on Opening Day as well. Scott Dixon, Justin Wilson, and Ryan Hunter-Reay were all three above 220 mph on Sunday.

Six of the top ten, including four of the top five, were Honda-powered entries. In all, 31 cars turned laps on Sunday, with the two Dragon cars still nowhere to be found.

Wade Cunningham (58) put in the most laps, with Clauson (57) Takuma Sato (56) Ed Carpenter (55) and Wilson (55) just behind him.

Another practice, another bad day for Lotus. Simona and Alesi were at the bottom of the speed chart for the second day in a row. Alesi just made it over 205 mph, while Simona barely cracked 202 mph. When I arrived at the track this morning around 9 am, the Corvette Z71 pace car was turning laps that looked quicker.

Jay Howard and Pippa Mann were both on hand for today’s practice session. Howard was talking to some Lotus people outside of the empty Dragon garages. Pippa and I were watching lap times in the IndyCar timing and scoring booth. She said she couldn’t afford to not be here, because of the possibility of a team needing a substitution driver.

Tomorrow should be another action-packed day on the track. Practice is scheduled from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm here at the Racing Capital of the World.

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