INDIANAPOLIS – Yesterday, drivers were a little wary to make a ton of laps around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Windy yet hot conditions made life difficult for the teams, as most decided to do select runs to avoid potential unnecessary carnage.
Still, 2,404 laps were turned on Tuesday, with Will Power leading the charge with a top lap of 224.656 mph. On Monday, 1,306 laps were turned in a four hour session that afternoon, with Marco Andretti turning the top lap of the day with a speed of 226.338 mph.
If you thought those days were tough, 40 mph wind gusts on Wednesday were even tougher.
That led to just 408 laps being turned today, with Ed Carpenter being fastest with a speed of 222.894 mph in his No. 20 Chevrolet. Conditions were far to tricky to risk wrecking a car just three days before qualifying. That’s why most of those laps were run by drivers and crews practicing pit stops instead of turning hot laps in extreme conditions.
Risk far outweighed the reward on Wednesday.
That’s about all the action we saw at the track today as a result.
Scott Dixon held on to the fastest lap for most of the day at 222.599 mph in his No. 9 Honda, while Carpenter’s ECR teammate JR Hildebrand was third quickest with a speed of 220.553 mph. Fernando Alonso (219.533 mph) and Conor Daly (219.233 mph) rounded out the top five being fourth and fifth respectively.
Basically, today was a wash because there wasn’t much data to be learned. The speed charts was virtually worthless.
Only 21 drivers even turned a lap, with seven of those turning speeds below 200 mph.
The series will return to Day 4 of Indy 500 practice on Thursday, hitting the track at Noon ET and the checkered flag flying on the day at 6 pm ET.
Tomorrow is also the last day for race setup runs until next week. On Friday, the boost gets turned up to qualifying levels.