INDIANAPOLIS – Like last year, Andretti Autosport has been strong all week in practice for the Indianapolis 500. This year, they’ve been flexing their muscle even more the last two days.
Entering today’s Fast Friday practice session, Andretti drivers had three of the top four speeds this month. Then, when the boost was turned up for qualifying trim today, they flexed their muscles even more.
Andretti, had three cars in the top four on the speed charts on Friday afternoon from the 2.5-mile track, with Ryan Hunter-Reay being second fastest at 232.132 mph. Takuma Sato (231.969 mph) and Fernando Alonso (231.827 mph) were third and fourth respectively.
Then, in the all important no tow list, Andretti drivers also shined with them being 1-3-5-8-11-31.
That really bodes well for qualifying this weekend.
Last year, the Andretti group had three of their five drivers start in the top five. Race winner Alexander Rossi started 11th.
This year, they’re showing just as much speed and looking like a clear favorite to put one of their drivers on the pole for next Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network).
To put three cars in the top four overall speeds and four in the top eight of the no tow, Andretti looks like the clear cut favorite.
It’s going to be close among several teams, but if I were forced to pick a pole winner, I’d pick one of them.