Above: Ed Jones led Day 3 practice with a speed of 227.843. Photo by Kyle McInnes
Rain and lightning shortened practice today. With lightning within eight miles of the track, the yellow flag waved and the session was declared over. The rebuilt McLaren did not get on track. As I type a rain shower is ten minutes away and there are now reports of hail in the area.
The rain means tomorrow the drivers begin with a green track. Speeds will build as the rubber gets built up on the track. With the extra boost allowed for qualifying, speeds should rise quickly.
Ed Jones set the day’s fastest time of 227.843 early and held the top spot the rest of the day.
The rest of the top five:
Takuma Sato 226.699
Zach Veach 226.070
Senastien Bourdais 225.996
Colton Herta 225.458.
Jones said, “From the get go things have gone very well” at Ed Carpenter Racing. “Ed Carpenter is mostly focused on ovals and it shows,” he added.
Pit Lane Parley Special Podcasts
In addition to tomorrow’s regular weekly podcast, Pit Lane Parley will have a series of exclusive driver interviews this weekend. Sage Karam, Santino Ferrucci, Ben Hanley, and possibly one other guest will talk with Mike Joachim. Times are not announced, so check their schedule.
Bum p Tales returns tomorrow morning. Look for a qualifying preview on Wildfire Sports tomorrow as well.