INDIANAPOLIS – Whether Chevrolet is sandbagging a bit or not, it shouldn’t matter at this point for Andretti Autosport or the Honda teams. After two on track days for the Verizon IndyCar Series stars, it appears, Honda, most notably Andretti Autosport, may have closed the gap between themselves and their Chevy counterparts.
On Monday, all five of the Andretti Autosport cars were in the top six on the speed charts, including sweeping the top four speeds on opening day. Obviously yesterday was a rain out, but when the drivers returned to the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third day of practice action for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, the Andretti cars were found up front then too.
Ryan Hunter-Reay led the way on a sunny Wednesday afternoon with a top lap of 228.202 mph in his No. 28 DHL Honda, while his teammate Carlos Munoz was right behind him with a lap of 228.066 mph in his No. 26 UFD Honda.
Marco Andretti who was quickest on Monday was ninth fastest while Townsend Bell and rookie Alexander Rossi were 7th and 15th respectively.
Two days, two straight practices where not only Andretti cars were on top of the speed chart, they dominated it.
What makes them even happier is, on the no tow report, Andretti cars were second through sixth on that speed chart too, meaning not only do they have good speed in the draft, but they have great overall speed by themselves too.
They dominated that speed chart on Monday as well, meaning this Andretti dominance could very easily translate over to a good race day next Sunday.
This is starting to feel like 2014 for this Andretti group where they put four of their five cars in the top six finishing positions. At this point, they’re out to prove something and it’s working.
Can they sustain it?