The winds were up and speeds were down Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
A day after Marco Andretti turned a lap of 226 mph, Will Power led the second round of practice for the 101st Indianapolis 500 with a top speed of 224.656 mph in the Team Penske Verizon Chevy. Even though there was a 17-car train pounding around the Speedway for much of the last hour, nobody could touch Andretti’s speed from Monday.
“Pretty windy out there today but I liked the way my car was handling,” said Power, fresh off a victory in last Saturday’s Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Teammate Helio Castroneves was second fastest, and Gabby Chaves made it a Bow Tie day with the third-quickest lap of 223.991mph in the Harding Racing Chevy.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2014 Indy 500 winner, led the way for Honda-powered teams with a lap of 223.960, while Sage Karam was fifth fastest at 223.641 mph in the Dreyer & Reinbold Chevy.
Fernando Alonso’s acciliatization to the Speedway continued, the Spaniard working to make up some of the time lost to a rear suspenion problem yesterday, and to build on his experience with running in traffic. He finished up 24th fastest at 221.209mph.
Earlier in the day, Zach Veach and Jack Harvey opened proceedings by completing their rookie orientation, setting that stage for a total of 2404 laps to be completed by 32 of the 33 drivers entered in the race. Buddy Lazier is scheduled to take to the track for the first time tomorrow.