INDIANAPOLIS – All week long, it’s been the dominance of Andretti Autosport at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway stealing the headlines. Entering today, there’s been two days of practice for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, and the five Andretti drivers have dominated both days.
But on Thursday, they got some company.
No it wasn’t Chip Ganassi Racing nor Team Penske, but rather Dale Coyne Racing making their mark known up front today.
Coyne, had three of their four cars in the top 10 of the speed charts on Day 4 of practice, as Gabby Chaves led the way with a top speed of 227.961 mph.
Conor Daly was fourth fastest at 227.524 mph in his No. 18 Honda while Pippa Mann was 10th on the speed charts with a fast lap of 226.552 mph in her No. 63 Honda.
Three Coyne cars and all in the top 10.
That’s remarkable for the team that a few years ago would have been happy if they got just one car in the top 20.
Now, they look like legitimate contenders as they have the speed and the balance in their cars on race day trim.
Now, we’re not saying they’re going to be pole contenders yet as the boost doesn’t get turned up until tomorrow, but what we do know is they have fast cars on race trim and after all, winning the Indy 500 next Sunday pays a whole heck of a lot more than being fast this upcoming weekend.
At this moment, Coyne is right there with Andretti Autosport as the two most impressive teams so far this month.
That’s a far cry from this point last year.