The second day of Indianapolis 500 practice saw a familiar name at the top of the speed chart when the checkered flag waved shortly after 6 PM. Scott Dixon had the best lap of the month at 226.829 mph, which topped Will Power’s benchmark that was set yesterday. In terms of the no-tow speeds, it was Alexander Rossi who was fastest at 221.114 mph. Both drivers have tasted the milk once during their careers, but have their sights set on returning to victory lane at Indianapolis.
Dixon was one of three drivers from the Chip Ganassi team that landed in the top five on Wednesday. With temperatures slightly higher today, Dixon noted the different track conditions the drivers had to deal with today. “Once it gets a bit hotter, I think everybody has a bit of washout, and it’s harder to stay closer. We’ll see with the race, but it looks right now like the race will be pretty cool, which will definitely make for a pretty robust race for people to watch. It’s going to be tight.”
Wednesday Indianapolis 500 Practice Results
It was another good day for Ed Carpenter Racing, as Conor Daly was 2nd fastest today, with team boss Ed Carpenter just behind him. With Rinus VeeKay winning the GMR Grand Prix this past weekend, the ECR team is oozing with momentum right now. “We were quick all day,” Daly said. “We had good pace. We got deep into traffic towards the end of the day. Our car is fast, which is awesome. If you’re fast every day, it means you have a fast car. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
All the top speeds today came with the benefit of aerodynamic tows in heavy traffic, as 34 drivers combined to turn 3,326 laps during the six-hour session.
The day began with RC Enerson on track by himself. The Top Gun Racing driver completed Phase 2 and the speed requirement for Phase 3 of the Rookie Orientation Program in the No. 75 Chevrolet in a special session before the track opened for practice. Enerson didn’t participate in the open practice. The team spent the rest of the day gearing up for tomorrow, where they expect to record a lot of laps.
Teams used most of the afternoon to work on race setups, running in large packs to simulate race day conditions.
The pace car driver for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 was announced today. Former IndyCar driver Danica Patrick will lead the field to the green flag in the 2021 mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hardtop convertible. Driving the pace car will be part of a busy Race Day for Patrick at IMS. She also is serving as a studio analyst for NBC’s live race broadcast with host Mike Tirico.
Practice resumes tomorrow from Noon to 6 PM. It is the last day before boost levels are elevated in the engine turbochargers for Fast Friday practice and Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying on Saturday and Sunday, with the additional horsepower raising speeds.