The month of May has officially started with the first day of practice at the Indianapolis 500 complete, seeing 2018 winner Will Power top the speed charts.
Other than a brief stoppage due to the weather in Speedway, Indiana, the days running went without a hitch and the Australian soared to a lap speed of 226.470mph to put the Team Penske Chevrolet at the top of the timing stand.
Two other former 500 champions were hot on Power’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.
Perhaps the surprise of the day though was Dreyer and Reinbold Racing who rolled off the truck with an already fast car, seeing Sage Karam finish the day a stunning fourth and by far the best of the part-time/500 only drivers.
Ed Carpenter Racing have consistently shown speed at the Brickyard over the years and with Conor Daly fifth straight out of the blocks, it looks that way again this year although Indy GP winner Rinus VeeKay was only 15th with Carpenter himself down in 18th.
Simon Pagenaud was sixth fastest in his bright yellow Penske but he looked very comfortable in traffic and able to overtake with ease, showing very good long run and short run pace which will only give him confidence ahead of next weekend’s race.
Pato O’Ward was the best of the McLaren’s in seventh as he too looked very good in all conditions. Juan Pablo Montoya is with the team this month and he was an encouraging 12th with Felix Rosenqvist 17th.
Reigning series champion Scott Dixon was eighth with he and Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Marcus Ericsson split late on by Ed Jones. The Ganassi trio (including Alex Palou) were the only cars to run a full 30 lap stint with no pitstop in between but the rest of the field are expected to do the same in the coming days.
Stefan Wilson and JR Hildebrand had to complete the refresher programme before their track action could really begin while RC Enerson took the rookie orientation programme, all of whom passed with no issues.
|Pos.||Name||Team||Lap Speed (mph)|
|1||Will Power||Team Penske||226.470|
|2||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||226.371|
|4||Sage Karam||Dreyer & Reinbold||225.942|
|5||Conor Daly||Ed Carpenter Racing||225.640|
|6||Simon Pagenaud||Team Penske||225.230|
|7||Pato O’Ward||Arrow McLaren SP||225.146|
|8||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||224.988|
|9||Ed Jones||Dale Coyne Racing||224.651|
|10||Marcus Ericsson||Chip Ganassi Racing||224.615|
|11||Tony Kanaan||Chip Ganassi Racing||224.593|
|12||Juan Pablo Montoya||Arrow McLaren SP||224.384|
|13||Simona De Silvestro||Paretta Autosport||224.230|
|14||Josef Newgarden||Team Penske||224.040|
|15||Rinus VeeKay||Ed Carpenter Racing||223.793|
|16||James Hinchcliffe||Andretti Autosport||223.780|
|17||Felix Rosenqvist||Arrow McLaren SP||223.744|
|18||Ed Carpenter||Ed Carpenter Racing||223.671|
|19||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport||223.336|
|20||Colton Herta||Andretti Autosport||223.329|
|21||Helio Castroneves||Meyer Shank Racing||223.059|
|22||Alexander Rossi||Andretti Autosport||223.004|
|23||Alex Palou||Chip Ganassi Racing||222.887|
|24||Charlie Kimball||A.J Foyt Enterprises||222.806|
|25||Scott McLaughlin||Team Penske||222.699|
|27||Dalton Kellett||A.J Foyt Enterprises||222.371|
|28||JR Hildebrand||A.J Foyt Enterprises||222.262|
|29||Jack Harvey||Meyer Shank Racing||222.113|
|31||Pietro Fittipaldi||Dale Coyne Racing||220.774|
|33||Sebastien Bourdais||A.J Foyt Enterprises||220.137|
|34||Stefan Wilson||Andretti Autosport||218.573|