Andretti Leads The Way On A Busy Opening Practice Day For The Indianapolis 500
Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti in the No.27 United Fiber and Data Honda was the pace setter at the end of the opening practice day for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Andretti’s fastest speed of the day was a 226.338MPH ending up just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda.
Ed Carpenter was the fastest Chevrolet driver in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet just ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais and Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda.
Despite mechanical issues during the day, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda was sixth fastest just ahead of Indy Grand Prix winner Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda was eighth fastest just ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Mikhail Aleshin. Andretti Autosport’s Takuma Sato rounded out the top ten.
It was a great day for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Oriol Servia who ended the day in 11th place in the No.16 Honda just ahead of Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet finished the day just ahead of defending Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts Andretti Herta Autosports Honda ended the day in 13th place just ahead of Dreyer and Reinbold’s Sage Karam.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda was 15th for Chip Ganassi Racing just ahead of reigning series champion and current points leader Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 Menards Chevrolet for Team Penske.
Ed Carpenter Racing’s JR Hildebrand ended the day in 17th place just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball who ended up just ahead of McLaren Honda Andretti’s Fernando Alonso who topped the morning session. AJ Foyt Racing’s Carlos Munoz ended the day in 20th place in the No.14 ABC Supply Co Chevrolet just ahead of new team Juncos Racing’s Sebastian Saavedra in the No.17 AFS Chevrolet.
Dale Coyne Racing’s Ed Jones was 22nd while Jay Howard in the No.77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda ended the day in 23rd place.
Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hum by Verizon Chevrolet was 24th fastest while 2016 Indianapolis 500 pole sitter James Hinchcliffe ended the day in 25th place in the No.5 Arrow Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Chevrolet for Team Penske which features a new Indianapolis 500 paint scheme ended the day in 26th place just ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s Pippa Mann in the No.63 Honda.
Conor Daly was 28th fastest in the No.4 ABC Supply Co Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing just ahead of Spencer Pigot in the No.11 Chevrolet for Juncos Racing who are competing in their first Indianapolis 500. Zach Veach was 30th for AJ Foyt Racing just ahead of Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport’s Jack Harvey in the No.50 Honda who hit the wall as he exited pit-road but was evaluated at the infield care center and is expected back in the car on Tuesday.
Harding Racing’s Gabby Chaves in the No.88 Chevrolet rounded out the order in 32nd place. Buddy Lazier who won the 1996 Indianapolis 500 did not turn a lap on Monday. Practice continues on Tuesday.