Amerian Ryan Hunter-Reay turned a quick lap during happy hour of 225.025 mph (39.9955) to set the fastest lap of practice so far for this year’s Indianapolis 500. The quick lap was achieved with help of a tow from Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya.
“We got a lot of work done today, a lot for what we need for the race weekend,” he said. “It’s nice leading practice. It’s a nice little consolation prize. I wish it paid [laughing]. I was out there pushing like it was paying.
Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti was also aided by the help of the draft in order to take the 2nd fastest lap of the day at 224.037 mph (40.1719). Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves was 3rd at 223.635 mph (40.2241), Justin Wilson followed behind in 4th at 223.611 mph (40.2484) and Montoya rounded out the top 5 at 223.395 mph (40.2874).
Much like last year, the Andretti Autosport teammates all worked together in a pack which Hunter-Reay said was good for the group.
“That’s the great thing about Andretti Autosport, we have five quick cars and we can all run together, he added. “We were just getting a feel for downforce levels and race (simulation), really, race simulation running. It was fun, we got through a lot of work today and it’s only Monday.”
Kurt Busch is adapting well to the Speedway in an IndyCar turning some laps in traffic and posting the 9th fastest lap of the day at 222.770 (40.4004).
The track was a much busier place today as 30 of the 33 entrants took laps. 2013 winner Tony Kanaan logged the most laps of the day at 131 laps. Hunter-Reay, Montoya, Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden also completed more than 100 laps each. In total, over 2,236 laps were completed between the 30 entrants.
The only on track incident of the day was Ed Carpenters #20 Fuzzy’s Chevrolet/Dallara suffering a mechanical issue, which brought out a brief yellow flag. The on track activity was also slowed 3 times because of rainfall.
The only drivers on the sidelines were Buddy Lazier, James Davison and Sebastian Saavedra. Davison’s program with KV Racing is limited on funds and he will not turn his first laps until Thursday. Saavedra’s KV-AFS Racing crew is repairing the #17 Chevrolet/Dallara after it was destroyed at the start of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Lazier’s crew finally is getting settled at the Speedway today as the crew hung the team’s banner outside their garage stall.
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