Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Marco Andretti fastest in Indy 500 practice Tuesday

Marco Andretti posted the fastest speed of the month thus far today, topping the charts at 223.676 mph. He was followed by Helio Castroneves (222.025), James Hinchcliffe (221.864), Graham Rahal (221.855), and Ryan Hunter-Reay (221.814).

"I'm really pleased with where we are at with the race car so far." Andretti said today. "I have just been really working on the car in a pack, and just trying to stay flat in traffic. We have the car to the point now that I am confident to say we would be the ones to beat if the race was today. The speed on its own, I'm a little concerned about. I've said it before, I'll say it again, if we start 33rd, we can still win this race."

Andretti talked about the aerodynamics of the new car, and how they'll affect racing for the Indy 500. "These things, it is just obvious looking at them, they poke a huge hole in the air. I think it is going to be great for the fans, man. I don't think anybody is going to be able to lead for more than a couple of laps because the leader is just a sitting duck. You get such a great tow. There is going to be a lot of passing. The thing I am concerned about is the last minute because what happens is you get a decent tow, but then that last couple of car lengths, it really sucks you in, so a lot of guys are going to be, 'No, I can't get him, can't get him'. Then they are going to feel that, and they are going to be doing last-minute dive-bombs. That will be interesting, but you just have to be heads-up. That's all."

"The Shell Pennzoil car felt great today." Helio Castroneves said. "We worked some more on the race setup, and toward the end we were able to get a good draft. Always good to put up a fast time, and we will continue to work hard to get things where they need to be."

James Hincliffe also reported in "It was a pretty reasonable day for the GoDaddy car. We went out early and had some reasonable speed on our own and then focused on the race (setup) from there on out. We're running in bigger and bigger packs now and learning more about this car because it's still so unknown in a proper race condition, but you can see by the end of the day where everyone has the same mindset compared to last year. We're running a lot more in traffic earlier in the week than we were (last year), and it's just a function of everybody working to figure out what the car will do on Race Day. We have three cars in the top five, so we're clearly reasonable in traffic and on our own with a couple cars, so we'll just keep chipping away at it." Hinchcliffe said.

Testing continues tomorrow at noon.

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