INDIANAPOLIS – 32 of the 33 drivers braved the tough conditions on Tuesday, turning 2,404 laps around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway despite windy yet hot temperatures. That’s why speeds were nearly two mph slower today, with Will Power besting the field with a lap of 224.656 mph in his No. 12 Chevrolet.
Power, turned that lap in the final two hours, as he had help from a tow with his Team Penske teammates. Last weekend’s IndyCar Grand Prix winner, was in the top 10 of the no tow list too, making him a realistic threat to win not just the pole this weekend, but the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) too.
Yesterday, Marco Andretti led the way with a speed of 226.338 mph.
Power’s Penske teammate of Helio Castroneves was second fastest giving Penske 1-2 on the speed charts on Tuesday. Castroneves, turned a lap of 224.287 mph in his No. 3 Chevrolet today. What’s fitting about today’s speed chart is the top two drivers on it have combined to win all five pole positions this season as well.
Gabby Chaves turned a late hot lap of 223.991 mph in his No. 88 Chevrolet to come in third fastest while Ryan Hunter-Reay (223.960 mph) and Sage Karam (223.641 mph) rounded out the top five.
Chevy, put four cars in the top five on the speed charts today and nine of the top 12, while Honda accomplished that feat on Monday.
Today’s session went fairly clean with the only incident coming when James Hinchcliffe developed a mechanical issue early on in the day. He’d get that rectified and later return to the track, turning 60 total laps on Tuesday with a top speed of 220.131 mph, good enough for 29th overall.
Both Jack Harvey and Zach Veach completed their Rookie Orientation Programs and are eligible to race in the Indianapolis 500. Harvey, had a tougher time though as they had issues with his car again. Marco Andretti even hopped in and turned six laps in Harvey’s No. 50 Honda trying to give his input too.
Fernando Alonso turned the most laps completing 117 circuit on Tuesday with a top speed of 221.029 mph, good enough for 24th. This was the first day he worked in traffic.
The series will practice from 12-6 pm ET on Wednesday, as we should see a full field with Buddy Lazier slated to hit the track for the first time tomorrow.