Photo: Kyle McInnes
Conor Daly recorded the fastest lap in tonight’s final practice for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 with a speed of 181.931. Daly turned his best lap late in the session, bettering a 181.312 circuit by Josef Newgarden about halfway through the hour long practice. Zach Veach had led early with a lap 0f 181.033. Veach’s lap was still good enough for third place in tonight’s practice.
The practice was green until Charlie Kimball brushed the wall in turn 4 with about six minutes remaining. He slowed and rolled down the front stretch, coming to a stop at the start/finish line. The session was ended with about three minutes to go.
Newgarden, the NTT Indycar Series points leader, reported a misfire toward the end of practice. The team is installing a new engine according to reports. As for the other championship contenders, Scott Dixon was sixth, Simon Pagenaud seventh, and Alexander Rossi eighth. Rossi struggled early then found some speed late in the session.
Ed Carpenter continues to struggle. He was last in tonight’s practice after qualifying 17th.
The crowd today seemed smaller than the Friday crowds of the previous two years.
The matte black finish of Felix Rosenqvist’s car is disappointing. A gloss finish would have bee better. It doesn’t present well under the lights.
I am hoping the rubber laid down by the Indy Pro 2000 and Indy Lights Series will help establish a second lane for passing. I think getting around someone will be difficult tomorrow night.
The vintage car laps were great until one of them oiled down the track. I love this part of the day, but maybe scheduling it just before qualifying may not be the best idea.
I’ll be back tomorrow with a pre race edition around midday and my Quick Thoughts after the race. Look for a full race report on Wildfire Sports Sunday night.