INDIANAPOLIS – It's called "Fast Friday" and the last full day in practice before qualifying for the 103nd Indianapolis 500, presented by Gainbridge, was just that.
A dozen drivers turned laps of over 230 mph as teams named in their NTT IndyCar Series cars for the emotional next two days when the 33 lattice positions for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" will be determined. Conor Daly set the pace in No. 25 United States Air Force Honda for Andretti Autosport with a shot of 231.704 mph followed by team mate Marco Andretti with a shot of 230,851 mph in No. 98 US Concrete / Curb Honda for Andretti Herta with Marco & Curb-Agajanian.
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It was the first time in four practice days that someone exceeded the 230 mph mark.
"I'm just super grateful to be here honestly," said Daly, a 39-year-old veteran of the NTT IndyCar series, whose only scheduled race this season is currently Indianapolis 500. "It's amazing to be part of this team.
" I've been super happy with my group and our engine and our car. We just step by step, a change at a time ̵
All 36 incoming cars have benefited from an additional 1,000 millibars of turbochargers boosting the increased engine yield by about 50 horsepower Friday and through qualifying weekend, while most of the fastest laps were also helped by an aerodynamic tow from a leading car, Ed Jones 230 fielded the field with a no-tow step of 230.106 mph in No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet.
Other drivers to exceed 230 mph with drag-supported laps on Friday were Takuma Sato, Spencer Pigot , Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ed Carpenter, Simon Pagenaud, Charlie Kimball, Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Tony Kanaan.
While jockeying at the top of the chart, two-hour Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso spent the day again Alonso made 77 laps a day – most of any driver – in backup 66 McLaren Racing Chevrolet, with his last circuit of 22 9.328 mph on the 2.5-mile oval standing as its best and 24. among all drivers.
"It was a positive day for us," Alonso said. "We could put the car on track and try different directions on the setup and learn a little about the track and the day. Of course, the boost was boosted today so the speeds were higher and it was more a (qualifying) preparation than race setup."
"But we had many new tires (unused) from the last few days so we could make many runs. Hopefully this information will give us a little bit of confidence in qualification tomorrow. "
Daly's day got even better when his team took the first place in the qualifying order for his access, which means that the 27-year-old Indiana native and son of former Indy car and F1 driver Derek Daly can make his first four-lap qualifying experiment potentially the coolest and best conditions today.
"Okay, I & # 39; I take it, "said Daly." That's good. We'll take it. I hope it's nice and cool – 65 degrees, no wind and full power. We will see. "
Kyle Kaiser was involved in the only incident of the day when his No. 32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet made intense contact with the SAFER barrier in Turn 3. 2017 Indy Lights presented by the Cooper Tires champion was undamaged. and Juncos crew expected to work at night to repair it in an attempt to qualify on Saturday.
A final pre-qualification practice begins at 8:00 ET Saturday (livestream at INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold) and is divided into three parts – 30 minutes to half of the qualification scheme, 30 minutes to the other half and 30 minutes to all cars.
First time qualification runs from 11 am to 5: 50 pm Saturday, with the fastest 30 drivers at the end of the day that secures a place in the race, runs can make as many qualifying attempts as they want, weather and time allow it lattice positions 10 to 30 are locked in then while the fastest nine lead re on Saturday goes on to Fast Nine Shootout.
Sunday's qualifying conclusion contains the last row shootout at. 12.15, where each driver who did not qualify on Saturday makes an attempt with the fastest three who earn the final spots in the 33-car field. Then follows Fast Nine Shootout at 1:15 pm to determine padding and grid order for the first three rows.
Saturday's qualifying streams at INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold from 9 am 11 to 5 p.m., with cover shift to NBCSN from 5-6 p.m. Sunday's qualifying air from 8 am 3 to 8 pm on NBC.
Indianapolis 500 is flying for the first time this year at NBC, with race coverage starting at. 11:00 Sunday, May 26.