Ed Carpenter Racing’s Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet ended day 3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on top of the charts as practice for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil continued.
Speaking following the day of action, Carpenter commented by saying:
The wind was definitely the theme of the day. I was a little bummed that it kept more people from running, just to get some traffic running in. We just stuck to our program today, minus the race sim part. We got some good test items in earlier in the day and got used to the wind, got the car balanced in the wind, and then we tried a trim step to feel the car in these conditions should qualifying or race day be similar in terms of weather. It was a productive day. I wish we could have had a race sim with traffic, but hopefully we’ll get it done tomorrow, despite a similar forecast. I can’t imagine most guys will take two days off.
JR Hildebrand in the No.21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet ended the day in third place completing 54 laps and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I felt pretty good about the amount of work we were able to get done today. When we got going initially, we felt it was a little suspect how good of a read we could get on changes since the wind is blowing hard. I’m encouraged by our ability to go out and feel changes despite gusty winds. It was nice to go out there with not too many other people and just run through our own program. Granted, I would have liked to run with other cars since the conditions were poor to see how we would do. Overall it was a good day, and I’m happy with where we are at.