Dreyer and Reinbold Racing’s JR Hildebrand in the No.67 DRR SalesForce Chevrolet was happy with the final practice ahead of Sunday’s 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
Hildebrand ended the day in 31st place with a speed of 219.727MPH and speaking following the action he said:
We worked hard today on in and out laps and pit stops, as those will help us gain spots in the race. We are getting closer to what will work best on the car on Race Day. We would like to have a car that is in our window to make adjustments throughout the race. Today were great track conditions. I’m not sure that Sunday will be this cool. We have run in track temps over 120 and 125 degrees. So, we know what our cars can do in that heat. If Sunday is hotter, it doesn’t concern me since we ran well in the hotter condition. I hope some guys are overly-confident with their cars today because a hotter track could affect them more than us. Overall, we learned more again today with our race car.
Sage Karam in the No.24 DRR Wix Filters Chevrolet starts Sunday’s race from 31st and on Friday he ended the day in 32nd with a speed of 219.396MPH and speaking following the action he said:
We rolled out with a bit more understeer than we had on Sunday. We just overshot our setups this morning. We went back to the garage then and put on last Sunday’s setup and felt a lot better at the end of the practice. I was able to run up on people and stay with them. Toward the end, I got in the gray and skimmed the wall in Turn 4. It didn’t do much to the car. We ran through some fuel settings and different mixtures to prepare for Sunday. We practiced in and out laps and had some excellent pit stops from the WIX Filters crew. As usual, they will help me pick up spots in the pits. They are always able to gain two or three positions on pit stops. I felt comfortable getting into the pit box, and the crew is fast and consistent. I’m sure that will be the case Sunday, too.