IndyCar News Week in Review: “Talkin’ ‘Bout Practice” Edition

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Misleading Speeds: Andretti Autosport’s cat-like Colombian Carlos Munoz topped the speed charts at Indy this week with a lap of 230.1 miles per hour on Wednesday. It’s a misleading number, however. Without tows from other cars the speeds had been in the high 220s, compliments of Helio, Pags and Chevy’s special new aero pieces. We stand by our prediction that there’ll be no new track records at Indianapolis this year, at least not in qualifying. Possibly in the number of back-flips by a car down the straightaway, though.

The car driven by Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, is airborne after hitting the wall in the first turn during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Wednesday, May 13, 2015.  (AP Photo/Joe Watts) ORG XMIT: NAA107

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Helio’s Bad Day: Wednesday’s practice got expensive and scary for Team Penske’s Helio Castro-Neves, who got sideways, hit the wall and then somersaulted down the straightaway ultimately landing upside down on track. Fortunately and thanks to the safety of the Dallara cars he was uninjured. All this after IndyCar slapped him with an iron fisted though admittedly tortoise-paced reprimand subtracting eight points. Talk about adding insult to injury. The penalty was for last Saturday’s punting of Dixie at the start of the Grand Prix of Indy and was deserved, if not obvious. It came four days later – now that’s some decisive decision making from race control for ya. 

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Honda’s Bad Season: A couple of Hondas have blown up, including AA’s Justin Wilson‘s which was due to be replaced but had been quick and James Jakes’ SPM car, which troublingly for Tokyo reportedly was a new engine. In more bad news, ‘Dollar’ Dale Coyne entrant Pippa Mann  crashed her pink car on Wednesday afternoon, backing into the entrance to pit lane cutting happy hour a little short. Happily the cute blonde Brit was also unhurt.

The car of Pippa Mann, of England, is hauled back to the garage area after a crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (AP Photo/AJ Mast) ORG XMIT: NAA120

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AA’s Bad Year: Michael Andretti backed off his “woe is me” act this week and is now saying he thinks they can win the 500 with Honda. Obviously the Honda brass had a sit down with Michael bringing about a sudden change of heart. AA’s Munoz topped 230, but that’s deceptive as it was in the draft. He was followed by part-timer Townsend Bell and Tony Kanaan on the speed charts Wednesday, both veterans. AA loves to throw down a super fast, artificially towed speed to stay in the headlines and gain some PR, so take it for what it’s worth.

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Simona’s Multi Burns: Not excellently, Simona de Silvestro‘s Andretti Autosport Honda caught fire at IMS during practice on Tuesday. The problem was a fuel leak due to a faulty fuel buckeye, not an engine issue. She Tweeted “All ok after the fire. Frustrating …” It’s the third time the Swiss Miss has been en fuego in her IndyCar career including twice now  at Indy and Texas, suffering burns  to her hands, etc. If she keeps it up, her new nickname soon will be Simona the Incendiary.

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Uplifting News/Quote of the Week: CFH Racing‘s JR Hildebrand’s been near the top of the speed charts this week. He had a decent return to IMS avoiding the wall in last week’s parade, has been as high as third in practice and could be one to watch in the 500. We’ll certainly be watching his team mates Josef Newgarden and owner Eddie Carpenter. Monday the TCGR cars swept the top three spots, led by impressive young American Sage Karam. Another new face and one of our favorites KV’s Stefano “faster than Andretti” Coletti experienced the Brickyard for the first time this week. His reaction? “Wow! That shit’s fast!”

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The GP of Indy Happened: Will Power won from the pole after escaping the traditional first lap GPI pileup ending his drought dating back to last year. As noted Helio was eventually penalized for spearing Dixie in the rear, but Graham Rahal stole the show for the second race in a row, advancing fifteen positions to second place. It’s too bad he’s driving a Honda, else with a team mate in Oriol Servia he could be a real threat in the 500.

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