100th Indy 500 Practice 2/3: Tow Edition


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Honda may own the fastest speeds of the month in a tow, but they also own the first two major engine problems as well as the first crash.


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After a washout Tuesday the track was green Wednesday at the shrine of motorsports. Things got off to a wacky start with the numbering. According to IMS, the second day of practice which occurred Wednesday is actually – and officially – day three, not day two. Got that? So we’re using the Lazier/Burns slash and calling it practice 2/3.


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RLL rookie Spencer Pigot received a rude welcome to the ancient and unforgiving Speedway. Pigot became the first and only crash victim thus far, spinning in turn 1 and slamming into the end of the safer barrier with his left side. Utterly destroying the car – including the tow linkage – he checked out fine. The car, on the other hand, required one of those special tows.


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Ryan Hunter-Reay topped the charts at 228.2, followed closely by AA team mate Carlos “sorry” Munoz and the slumping, pressured Will Power, the top Chevy. All those were in the tow. It was fourth place Josef Newgarden‘s Chevy that was quickest on its own however, at 224.54. In the non tow category, he was followed by Townsend Bell, Hunter-Reay, Munoz, with f-ing F1 invader Alexander Rossi rounding out the top five. His AA team mate Marco Andretti dropped off Wednesday, going from first Monday to sixth quick outside the tow and just ninth with it.


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Interestingly the piping hot frog Simon Pagenaud was twelfth quick, but only twenty second without the tow. Last year’s ROY Gabby “Pat” Chavez ended the day fifth quick with the tow, while racin’ Graham Rahal was tenth with and twenty seventh without, running ninety seven laps. TK’s still showing his age, finishing just nineteenth with and fifteenth without the tow.


A difficult “Daly Odyssey” continued – as we feared – and his car was back in the garage after only 52 laps of practice. This coming after getting in a mere six on Monday, or Day 1.0. Apparently he was cranky due to this, as he was snippy with us on Twitter. We merely asked him if it was more gearbox trouble after his team Tweeted out that his car was back in the garage.

@IndyRaceReview we are P8 in no tow report sooooo…. We haven’t run with anyone yet”

Jeeeez! He did come back out eventually, logging just ten more laps on the day. The prickly Daly didn’t end up “P8” after all, either. In fact, he ended up in twenty seventh.


CGR’s Max “Paris” Chilton ran a bunch of laps, logging a hundred and twenty five in practice 2/3. His total was surpassed only by fellow rookie Matty Brabham, who managed one more. Chilton was thirteenth quick without benefit of the tow, while Brabham wasn’t. Sage “wild man” Karam was top towed Chevy at 224.9 before Power nudged him out late in the day. We say to hell with Power – Wildman Sage deserves a full time ride.


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Chevy teams, including Ed Carpenter Racing and others, tried some different aero combinations Wednesday, still reluctant to fully show their hand. Different side pod and winglet arrays were on display. Most teams tended to run long fuel stints again, simulating race conditions as is typical early in the week. Others were still shaking cars down, including Lazier/Burns and SPM, which is also typical. Mayor Hinchcliffe drove two of Schmidt’s cars including Mad Russian Mikhail Aleshin‘s Doom car. Thankfully, that was before it blew up.


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Englishman Jack Hawksworth‘s car – another Honda, this one belonging to A.J. Foyt – also had an engine issue and retired early after running only thirty one laps. Lazier/Burns Racing ran some laps again, though 1996 Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier was still slow, second slowest in fact, at just under 218. Only Hawksworth and his troubled Honda were slower on the day.


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Aleshin screwed up a perfectly good happy hour when his Honda let go on the back straight, bringing out the second non track inspection caution of the day – and about a half ton of oil dry. In order to get back to the pits, Mikhail received . . . a tow.


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