Bryan Herta Autosport’s Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda led the opening morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as testing officially got underway for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Andretti set a speed of 223.997MPH ending the session just ahead of 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda was third fastest for Chip Ganassi Racing. It was a fantastic opening session for Harding Racing and Gabby Chaves as they ended the morning as the fastest Chevrolet team in fourth place with a speed of 222.838MPH.
Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay ended the session in fifth place in the No.28 DHL Honda just ahead of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal.
Ed Carpenter was seventh fastest in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. Monday’s test is all about the teams getting a feel for the speedway with the new universal aero kit. The temperatures that they are experiencing this week are more representative to what they will expect at the end of May for the most famous spectacle in racing.
Ed Jones in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda ended the session eighth place just ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe while Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet rounded out the top ten.
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 SealMaster Honda ended the session just outside the top ten in 11th place.
Alexander Rossi the winner of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil ended the session in 12th place just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet.
Spencer Pigot in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet ended the session in 14th place while Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Shell Pennzoil Chevrolet who returns to the Speedway for the month of May ended the session in 15th place with a speed of 220.748MPH.
Michael Shank Racing with Meyer Schmidt Peterson Motorspors Jack Harvey was 16th just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Zach Veach.
Defending series champion Josef Newgarden was 18th in the No.1 Hitachi Chevrolet. Will Power was 19th in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet while Carlin Racing’s Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball rounded out the order in 20th and 21st place respectively.