Power fastest, Herta impresses

The fortnight of the Indy 500 is launched before the date of May 26, synonymous with the 103rd edition of the 500 Miles of Indianapolis. Will Power dominates the first practice session.

The Penske Boys, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud set the best times of the day, the Australian sped the 2.5 miles from the Brickyard at an average of 229.745 mph (369.73 km/h). Behind them is the experienced and oval specialist, Ed Carpenter who remains below the 229 mph mark.

Will Power in front, Colton Herta is strong!

This quartet of Chevrolet blocks at the top of the hierarchy is completed by Helio Castroneves, the Brazilian was also lined up for the INDYCAR GRAND PRIX, the Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Infield. But one of the performances of the day is the acclimatization of Colton Herta who passes his test as a rookie and places himself among the best.

This edition of the Indianapolis 500 Miles could be a little more competitive than last year’s won by Will Power. Indeed, in 2018 all the drivers complained of chronic understeer partly due to the Dallara’s aero package and a little to the Firestone tires. This year, a new aero kit arrived on the Dallara as well as new Firestone compounds to correct the shot.

Among the drivers who have established a good performance beyond 228 mph, we can also note Sébastien Bourdais who wants to erase his painful memory of 2017. Zach Veach, Alexander Rossi and Marco Andretti for the Andretti Autosport clan also form a peloton of blocks Honda.

The other rookies Santino Ferrucci and Felix Rosenqvist rank respectively in 16th and 18th position, as for Kyle Kaiser of Juncos Racing, his single-seater is free of any sponsor, entirely white, he obtains the 21st time.
Marcus Ericsson, who comes straight from F1, is gradually acclimating to this type of oval layouts, the Swede ranks 29th. Let’s not forget another driver watched by many fans, Fernando Alonso for McLaren Racing, credited with the 32nd time out of the 36 single-seaters (James Hinchcliffe is notified 4 times, he used 4 different chassis).

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