AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet couldn’t take the smile off his face as the Verizon IndyCar Series returned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the opening day of testing for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
The 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner set a fastest speed of 226.181MPH and speaking following the session he said:
“Every year we come back (to Indianapolis) the first day, everybody has a huge smile on their faces. “I love it, I love this place. I mean, it’s magical. I wish we could do this every race.
The Brazilian went on to say:
“It was a beautiful day out there. Got a lot of laps in, a lot of learning to do.” know it sounds like every year we come back the first day, everybody has a huge smile on their faces. I love it. I love this place. I mean, it’s magical. I wish we could do this every race. But awesome to be back. For me, one of the things on my bucket list. A.J. (Foyt, team owner) is not here, so I have not driven the golf cart into pit lane. But if that will happen, garage No. 1, that’s pretty cool. A lot shorter from Gasoline Alley to the garage, too. A lot of new things for me that I hadn’t experienced in the past year. So happy to be back. It was a beautiful day out there. Got a lot of laps in, a lot of learning to do…ready to come back Wednesday.” (About reaction to 2018 car on a superspeedway): “I think it was pretty smooth. You saw everybody came up to speed pretty fast, which is pretty remarkable, in my opinion. To me it was a lot quicker down the straightaways, which was quite fun. It was like back in the day. You definitely feel the speed going down the straightaway. You have to hang on into the corners. A little bit different, to be honest, but fun. I don’t know what to expect running in traffic. I didn’t do a lot of running in traffic yet. I’ll wait till a couple days from now that we will do some racing stuff. We concentrate today on understanding the car and trying to get a feel for how the car behaves. To do that, I prefer to do it on my own.”