Indy 500 Qualifying Predictions and Prognostications: No Track Record Edition

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With a disdain for buzz kills, it’s also our aim to provide accurate, insightful and useful information in our regular feature “Predictions” in advance of it occurring. Sadly and like many a lofty goal it isn’t always achieved, much like the quest for a new track record at Indy this year. The current four lap qualifying record of 236.9 was set by flying Dutchman (and unfortunately named) Arie Luyendyk in a Ford/Cosworth way back in 1996. Ah, the good ol’ days. That record’s stood safely for two decades now and we predict it will remain on the books for at least another year.

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The current combo of small engines and LOTS of new aero kit bits just isn’t going to do it, as the top speeds in practice haven’t even cracked 230 yet without a tow. IndyCar will boost the turbos this weekend, but it still won’t be enough. Worse still, a disturbing trend of cars taking flight has emerged at the Speedway this year, though fortunately thus far the drivers have escaped unscathed. Continue reading

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