The 106th India 500 Practice Day 3 is over. On Wednesday, the second day (Practice 3), due to the rain that started just before the start of the run, the 33 IndyCars finally finished without running one lap. Fortunately, however, Thursday’s Practice 4 started running at noon on schedule, with a successful six-hour session.
Takuma Sato (Dale Coyne Racing with RWR), who was also the fastest on the first day, marked the fastest lap of 39.5572 = 227.519 mph in the evening on this long time when the clouds covered the sky. .. Although there is a day off due to rain, Takuma Sato, who has a record of two wins in the Indy 500, will be the first to set a top time record for two consecutive days in practice.
The sun was shining during the day, and the maximum temperature was 27 degrees Celsius on the third day of practice, but in the latter half of the session, the sun was blocked by clouds and the road surface temperature dropped at 3:30 pm. I went. At 5:30 pm, 30 minutes before the end of the session, Takuma Sato took the top spot from Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) as in the afternoon of the first day of the run. Marked the fastest lap to steal.
Takuma Sato’s teammate and rookie Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports recorded an average lap of 266.869 mph, which was ranked second at that time, just after 3:00 pm when it was still hot. .. Indy’s first challenge, Marcus, is only 20 years old, but he continued to run steadily and finished Practice 4 in 3rd place.
The Honda team, which set the fastest time for two consecutive days, occupy the top to third place on Thursday, the second day of the run, following the top four monopoly on the first day of practice.
Stock car race champion Jimmie Johnson (Chip Ganassi Racing), who has participated in IndyCar street and road course races since last season and has participated in the full season including oval races this year, has three practice days. He is in the top position on Thursday, 5th in a row for two days in a row.
Marcus Ericsson (Chip Ganassi Racing), who was 4th on the first day, also set the 7th time on Thursday. 2018 IndyWinner Simon Pagenaud (Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) recorded 9th fastest speed on the second day of the run, with six Honda drivers in the top ten.
In preparation for the two-day qualifying session on Saturday and Sunday, the practice will be six hours long on Friday as well. Due to Indy’s unique rules, qualifying will be contested using a high power engine with increased turbo boost pressure. In preparation for the high-speed time trial, all cars will run with high-power qualifying specs on Friday. For the past two days, the main focus was on group driving assuming a race, but on Friday, one car will make continuous laps so as not to use the drafting of other machines, and for the qualifying that will be contested in four consecutive laps of attack. I will build a machine.
Takuma Sato (Dale Coyne Racing with RWR)
“Today was the second day of running with normal turbo boost pressure because it rained yesterday Wednesday and the practice was canceled. Our team was in the top three with two cars. It looks like we got a bonus. It’s been a day, but more importantly, it’s better handling in the traffic of our machines. I’m happy to be at the top of the speed, but in today’s rivalry. It wasn’t a situation where we could make an accurate comparison with. Anyone who put on new tires and ran in a large group during the cool hours called happy hour would have been able to lap that much. In terms of things, today was a great day. We made great strides in running in the traffic and tomorrow is “Fast Friday”. The Dale Coyne Racing car is much faster in the INDY500 qualifying. I’m showing that, so I’m very excited to run on that machine. “
Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)
“It was a very interesting day. Everyone had a lot of laps. We did more than half of that with racing settings. As a result, the car was a satisfying finish in some situations. However, when I was running in the first row and I was in the 6th or later position, the handling was bad. To improve that point, I went down in the racing setting. I knew that I needed to consider how much force I should have. Tomorrow is the day before the start of qualifying, and the turbo boost pressure will change to a higher one for qualifying. We should start running with a conservative qualifying setting. I think it will be. “
David Marcus (Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports)
“On the third day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway we had very good results. Yesterday on the second day we couldn’t do anything because of the rain. We were doing the laundry at the motor home. Today, the second day of the run is over, but it’s going very well. The machine was very good from the start of the first day of the run, and I was able to put it in 7th place at the end of the day. And even after the second day, my personal best is still 7th overall. Today we have a lap time to get 3rd. Thanks to the team doing their best. I am very pleased. I feel that the finish of the machine is very good. Teammate Takuma was the top time on both days. It is amazing. Tomorrow, Friday will be a run with full qualifying specifications. But to be faster, I’ll check the machine settings tomorrow. Today I’ll run as much as I can in the traffic, get turbulence, and draft[runrightbehindthecarinfronttoreduceairresistance.Wecontinuedtorunbyusingthings.Westillhavesomethingtoprepareforthefinalracebutwearereachingthelevelweareaimingfor.ForourperformancesofarI’mveryhappy.Ihopethingsgowellinthisway.”
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