It was a very busy day with speeds higher than expected. The conditions were nearly perfect for running.
The three drivers who spoke to the media after practice, Will Power, Kyle Kaiser, and Colton Herta, agreed that know one knows what anyone has yet. Will Power admitted the top speeds were all with a huge tow. He was 30th on the no-tow chart.
Kaiser was asked about the team’s sponsor situation. He replied, “I don’t care what color the car is, my job is to drive it. I will do my job and the financial situation will take care of itself.” He was happy with what the team did on track today.
Herta said his incident happened because, “I bit off a bit more than I could chew.”
Power acknowledged repeating his victory last year would be very tough. “There are no bad teams and no bad drivers anymore. The team standards are higher now,” he said.
One nice touch at the track this year is dedicated garage space for the Indy Lights Teams. The former F1 garages on the south end of tower terrace have team signage above the doors. They have been used for staging the Lights cars for their practice/qualification day and the Freedom 100. I think it’s great to make the Indy lights teams feel as if they are an important part of the entire 500.
James Hinchcliffe got a lot of track time today driving all four of the cars Arrow Schmidt Peterson is involved with this month. I wonder if he gets to pick the one he likes best?
Here are a couple more pics from today. See you all tomorrow.