Marco Andretti Tops Charts at 226.338 mph on Day 1 for Indy 500 Practice

Marco Andretti topped  the speed charts on Day 1 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a lap of 226.338 mph.   Practice began today and goes all week long leading to the weekend qualifications for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28th.

Marco Andretti (My dark horse, as mentioned on yesterday’s podcast) went to the top of the speed charts in the final hour today before practice concluded.  Ganassi Racing Scott Dixon was 2nd fastest 225.296 mph followed by Indianapolis native Ed Carpenter at 224.969 mph.

Practice 1 Indianapolis 500 Top Speeds
Pos. Driver Speed Team Engine
1 Marco Andretti 226.338 Andretti Autosport Honda
2 Scott Dixon 225.296 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
3 Ed Carpenter 224.969 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevy
4 Sebastien Bourdais 224.775 Dale Coyne Racing Honda
5 Ryan Hunter -Reay 224.576 Andretti Autosport Honda
6 Graham Rahal 224.407 Rahal Letterman Racing Honda

Team Penske came out today but didn’t show too much of their stuff.  They are expected to be at the top of the charts late in the weeks so no need for a concern.  Power, Castroneves, Newgarden and Montoya will be up on the charts come Wednesday or Thursday this week.

Defending Indy 500 champion Alexander Rossi was 13th at 223.481 mph.  Formula One driver Fernando Alonso was 19th with top speed of 223.025 mph.  Practice for Day 2 begins tomorrow at 12:00pm.  Tickets are $15.00 to get out there and see these drivers go around the 2.5 mile course.

There were 10 yellow flags and only 2 incidents for the day.  Graham Rahal did have a mechanical issue towards the end of practice so that will be something to watch for this week.

There was a total of 1300 laps ran today within the 4 hour window.

 

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