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Power fastest as Indy 500 practice begins. – The Checkered Flag
May 18, 2021
The month of Could has formally began with the primary day of observe on the Indianapolis 500 full, seeing 2018 winner Will Energy prime the pace charts.
Apart from a short stoppage because of the climate in Speedway, Indiana, the times working went with no hitch and the Australian soared to a lap pace of 226.470mph to place the Staff Penske Chevrolet on the prime of the timing stand.
Two different former 500 champions have been sizzling on Energy’s heels with 2014 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay second for Andretti Autosport and two-time champion (2017, 2020) Takuma Sato third for Rahal Letterman Lanigan.
Maybe the shock of the day although was Dreyer and Reinbold Racing who rolled off the truck with an already quick automotive, seeing Sage Karam end the day a shocking fourth and by far the very best of the part-time/500 solely drivers.
Ed Carpenter Racing have persistently proven pace on the Brickyard through the years and with Conor Daly fifth straight out of the blocks, it seems to be that approach once more this yr though Indy GP winner Rinus VeeKay was solely fifteenth with Carpenter himself down in 18th.
Simon Pagenaud was sixth quickest in his brilliant yellow Penske however he seemed very comfy in site visitors and in a position to overtake with ease, exhibiting superb long term and brief run tempo which can solely give him confidence forward of subsequent weekend’s race.
Pato O’Ward was the very best of the McLaren’s in seventh as he too seemed superb in all circumstances. Juan Pablo Montoya is with the workforce this month and he was an encouraging twelfth with Felix Rosenqvist seventeenth.
Reigning sequence champion Scott Dixon was eighth with he and Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Marcus Ericsson break up late on by Ed Jones. The Ganassi trio (together with Alex Palou) have been the one automobiles to run a full 30 lap stint with no pitstop in between however the remainder of the sector are anticipated to do the identical within the coming days.
Stefan Wilson and JR Hildebrand needed to full the refresher programme earlier than their monitor motion may actually start whereas RC Enerson took the rookie orientation programme, all of whom handed with no points.