Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti was the pace setter on the opening day of practice for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday.
Andretti set a fastest time of 0.39.3051s and ended the day just ahead of Carlos Munoz and speaking following the day of action, Andretti commented by saying:
As a team, because of weather, we kind of accelerated our program and moved some things forward that we had planned for the end of the week. I think that’s why we look pretty stout right now. By Fast Friday you’ll see things where they really pan out across the field. I’m pretty happy with the behavior of the Snapple car but there’s some work to do still. The thing about this track is, you can be on top one day and then have to completely start over the next.
Carlos Munoz who completed 68 laps with a fastest time of 39.3108s and speaking following his day in the car he commented by saying:
I’m excited it’s the first day of the 500. All of the cars from the teammates had around the same speeds, but today is the first day- there is still a long way to go. We still have a lot of things to try. I think it is good that we start the week with good pace in the United Fiber & Data car. Compared to last year, I know for sure we have made a big improvement this year overall. It is too early to talk, but the car feels good, we still have some work to do. It’s a long week ahead so there is a lot of work.
Munoz will carry the United Fibers and Data livery for the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda completed 60 laps with his fastest time coming on lap 28 when he ended the session in third place and speaking following the test he commented by saying:
Good day – I think we had a good run in traffic. I think the 28 DHL Honda was one of the best cars in traffic, if not the best out there. I was pretty happy with it. This is about as good of conditions as it’s going to get and we need to be prepared for worse conditions and for when the full field settles in.
Alexander Rossi was fourth fastest in the No.98 Castrol Edge with Curb Honda completing 52 laps on his way to completing rookie orientation and speaking following his day in the car, Rossi stated:
Today was good, the car felt fast. This morning was definitely eye opening in terms of not having any kind of prior comparison to a place like this. I was glad we got through ROP without any real issues and this afternoon we got to work. I think it was a very good day for the team in general – the biggest thing for me is getting comfortable with the group running. Overall, it was a good start to May. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the week and settling in with the track.
Townsend Bell was fifth fastest in the No.29 Pizza Kitchen/Robert Graham Honda commented by saying:
The CPK/Robert Graham car felt really good today and the team ran strong. We are still settling in – it’s still early – but I’m getting to know the guys and I’m pleased with the direction we are heading in. We’ll see how things continue to progress throughout the week, but I think we’re going to have a competitive May. I’m looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow.