Simon Pagenaud ended the second day of practice for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday as the fastest Team Penske driver.
In the No.22 Menards Chevrolet, the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion set the sixth fastest combined time at a speed of 225.787MPH completing 185 laps.
Speaking following the action, the Frenchman said:
It was an interesting day; we’re learning a ton. This new car is quite a bit of a different animal than what we’ve been used to. There’s still a lot to learn to get the car where we want it to be for the race, but we’re getting there.
Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion and current points leader Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Verizon Chevrolet ended the day with the 12th fastest time of the day with a fastest speed of 224.766MPH completing 150 laps.
Speaking following the session, the Tennessee native commented by saying:
It was a good, productive day with the team. We all worked together really well. I think all of us put in a lot of work on many different tires, which is good, because it looks like we’re going to have rain on Friday. We’re still trying to make our race cars a little better. We still need a little bit of work but I think we’re close, and the Verizon guys are working hard. I’m happy about that.
Three time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Pennzoil Chevrolet ended the day in 13th place overall with a fastest speed of 224.665MPH. The Brazilian who completed 165 laps and speaking following the action on track he said:
We continue to develop a strategy to run in traffic with our Pennzoil Chevy. Obviously, still trying to understand the new car and working together with our other teammates. That is what happens – one day might be a good day and then comes a challenging day. Today was one of those challenging days.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet ended the day in 22nd place with a speed of 224.004MPH completing 180 laps and speaking following the day of action, the Australian commented by saying:
We have our car in a good window. It’s definitely tough to get exactly right. We will think about it again tonight and see what we can find tomorrow.