INDIANAPOLIS – Fast Friday earned up to it’s billing today, as the quickest laps of the month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway were turned this afternoon. 22 drivers eclipsed the 230 mph barrier on the 2.5-mile track on Friday with Sebastien Bourdais leading the charge with a fastest lap of 233.116 mph in his No. 18 Honda.
On Thursday, Bourdais blew his engine on his Dale Coyne Racing entry but 24 hours later, the new Honda engine they installed overnight led the way on the overall speed chart.
Three Andretti Autosport drivers followed him with Ryan Hunter-Reay (232.132 mph) being second, Takuma Sato (231.969 mph) third and rookie Fernando Alonso (231.827 mph) fourth.
Juan Pablo Montoya rounded out the top five with a speed of 231.682 mph.
From what we saw today, it appears that Honda will be the manufacturer to beat for the pole this weekend. They had the top four speeds today overall including 11 of the top 12 and 13 of the top 15.
They also dominated the no tow list with having the top six overall speeds on single car runs and 10 of the top 11 and 14 of the top 17.
Hunter-Reay was quickest without a tow with a speed of 231.273 mph. Bourdais was second at 231.192 mph while defending ‘500 champion Alexander Rossi was third with a lap of 231.191 mph.
Tony Kanaan (231.054 mph) and Fernando Alonso (230.966 mph) rounded out the top five on the no tow list.
Today’s practice saw two incidents, both occurring after a rain shower interrupted the practice after 90-minutes of action.
The first saw Spencer Pigot lost control of his No. 11 Chevrolet exiting Turn 2 just prior to Happy Hour. Then, in the final 15 minutes of Happy Hour, rookie Zach Veach lost control of his No. 40 Chevrolet in the apex of Turn 1 and crashed into the outside SAFER barrier.
The drivers will practice tomorrow morning, weather permitting, before qualifying from 11-5:50 p.m. ET on Saturday.