Indianapolis 500 Practice, May 16

Day 2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was busy. There were a total of 3,349 laps turned by the 35 drivers on Wednesday, in what were ideal weather conditions. Fortunately for the second day in a row, there were no incidents to report. The only yellow flag that wasn’t for a track inspection was for a tow in for Tony Kanaan’s ABC Supply machine after a sensor shut off power to the car. He was able to continue after returning to pit lane.

Marco Andretti posted the fastest lap of the day, at 227.053 mph. He was the only driver to reach the 227 mph barrier, with Scott Dixon behind him at 226.329 mph. Reigning Indy 500 champion Takuma Sato and Rookie sensation Robert Wickens gave Honda the top four spots on the speed chart. The next four cars overall were Chevrolet-power, with Charlie Kimball, Kanaan, Gabby Chaves, and Ed Carpenter. Oriol Servia and Sage Karam rounded out the top ten.

Indianapolis 500 Practice Results

How busy was the track today? There were 15 drivers that turned more than 100 laps on the afternoon, led by James Hinchcliffe with 129. There was only one driver (Matheus Leist) that completed less than 60 laps. All of this activity led to multiple packs of cars running together, trying to get a feel for race conditions.

The 2014 Indy 500 winner, Ryan Hunter-Reay, noted that everyone was struggling for grip at the exit when running deep in traffic. He said he doesn’t believe the race will be a draft party like it has been in recent years.

Helio Castroneves had the fastest trap speed of the day, at 235.651 mph into Turn 3. The Penske driver was just focused on getting their car dialed in. “We continue to develop a strategy to run in traffic with our Pennzoil Chevy,” he said. “Obviously, still trying to understand the new car and working together with our other teammates. That is what happens – one day might be a good day and then comes a challenging day. Today was one of those challenging days.”

Kanaan had the fastest no-tow lap at 223.048 mph, and was one of the very few that worked on qualifying trim on Wednesday. Practice resumes tomorrow from 11 AM to 6 PM.


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