A familiar name sits on top of the speed charts on Day 2 of Indianapolis 500 practice. Marco Andretti powered his Honda engine to a speed of 227.053 mph around the 2.5-mile course. Marco’s speed just before “Happy Hour” and included a tow. As the race car moves around the track, it splits the air, some going over the car and some beneath. This lack of air behind the car creates a vacuum, which a trailing car may use to be pulled or “towed.” You have to believe that Marco is a favorite to win the race that has kept him hungry at Indy. He came oh so close in 2006 when he was passed in the final yards by Sam Hornish Jr to win. Marco driving the 98 car this year could join some familiar company with the car number 98 going to victory lane 4 times including 2011 (Dan Wheldon), 2016 (Alexander Rossi).
Today we had several cars working on their race setups. There were several packs of cars throughout the day that went out together. Happy Hour was fast paced and had 22 cars out at one point circling the oval.
Top 6 Speeds of the Day:
- Marco Andretti 227.053 mph (Andretti Autosport)
- Scott Dixon 226.329 mph (Chip Ganassi Racing)
- Takuma Sato 226.108 mph ( Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
- Robert Wickens 225.887 mph (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)
- Charlie Kimball 225.887 mph (Carlin Racing)
- Tony Kanaan 225.740 mph (AJ Foyt Enterprises)
Notable: (8th) Ed Carpenter 225.164 mph (12th) Danica Patrick 224.570, (18th) Helio Castroneves 224.417 mph, (19th) Alexander Rossi 224.213 mph
Scott Dixon and Marco Andretti came to the end of day press conference. Video is below!
There were 3,349 laps ran in today’s practice session.
Yellow Periods: 5 (All track inspections)
Tomorrow is Day 3 of Indy 500 practice and runs 11AM-6PM. Qualifications will be this weekend!
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