Indianapolis local Ed Carpenter ran the fastest lap today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 222.894 mph. The track didn’t see as much activity as it did the first two days of practice due to the high winds. Carpenter ran a total of 52 laps today. Teammate J.R. Hildebrand ran the most laps today at 54. There were several periods where there was no track activity at all. Who can blame them, putting the drivers and cars in jeopardy only 3 days from qualifications for the biggest race of the year. The leader-board didn’t look impressive today compared to the past couple days, but with the high winds these cars can get away from the drivers in a hurry. Teams do not want to scramble to get their backup cars ready for qualifications on Saturday.
Scott Dixon was on top of the charts most of the day (222.599 mph) until late in the afternoon when Carpenter overtook him. Team Penske didn’t even leave the garage today and decided against racing against the windy conditions. Overall, only 21 cars turned laps today and 4 of those cars just ran a out lap and parked it back in the garage including Marco Andretti and Alexander Rossi.
As a reminder, on Saturday every car will run qualifying attempts and the top 9 fastest speeds will move on to Sunday’s qualifying and final showdown in the afternoon.
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