Fast Friday Fun


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The day was incident free (though barely) and with additional boost added to the engines the speeds increased, as some topped 231 mph. Over half the field bested 230. Fast Friday was interrupted by rain and for the second time this week track time was lost due to precipitation. But the skies cleared in time for happy hour, which is always fun.


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Team Penske’s resident lunatic Will Power jumped out to an early lead with a top speed of 231.47, while quirky Californian Townsend Bell had the best speed by himself at 231.06 in the early going. The top drivers didn’t change by the end, funnily enough.


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Power put up the day’s – and week’s – fastest lap of 232.6 with a tow during happy hour and Josef Newgarden soon jumped to second quick. SPM’s James Hinchcliffe also climbed the charts during happy hour to third, while Munoz and Andretti also made the top five – all with a tow. Presumably they had enjoyable drives.


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AA’s Bell wound up quickest by himself at 231.34 mph. At the checkers he was followed by Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay in some late day heroics after a blown engine yesterday, Marco Andretti  and Carlos “ok” Munoz, in four AA Hondas and only one Penske Chevy. They were all above 231.1 without the benefit of a tow. Now that’s some real fun.


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In a typically arrogant display by Andretti Autosport’s owner, Marco went out and stole the top overall speed from Bell just before the rains came at four o’clock eastern. He clocked a 231.67 with a tow, edging Bell by a tenth of a second. Power – who’s always been a bit funny – then rudely took it back for Chevy at the start of happy hour, a time that would stand and let the bow tie brand join in on some of the fun.


There were no accidents again Friday, but there were some drivers having no fun. Ed Carpenter‘s been searching for speed all week. Defending pole sitter & 500 winner Dixon had a wiggle in turn 2 early Friday afternoon in his search for speed, but that was nothing compared to rookie Matty Brabham’s moment. He drifted high up the track in turn 1 and wiggled violently at exit. Somehow he managed to save it from hitting the wall. Probably didn’t save his driving suit, however.


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Qualifying for the most important race in history is tomorrow, as is the publication of our “100th Indy 500 Predictions,” so stay tuned for all the fun.


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