Practice Day 2- Andretti Team Looks to Stay Up Front; More Race Set Up Work

Photo: Fernando Alonso. Photo by Joe Skibinski, Indycar

Good morning from the northwest media center annex. Practice day 2 should see more than the 2, 444 laps turned yesterday as there will be no break for Rookie and refresher tests. Ben Hanley still needs to complete his refresher. He will get time before the track opens for practice this morning. Hanley needs 15 laps run between 205 and 210 mph followed by 15 laps above 210.

Most teams will probably work on race setups today. there is no qualifying pressure for two reasons. The most obvious one is that no one will be bumped. Keep your car together and run a decent speed and you are in the race.  Second, tomorrow the cars get the extra boost for qualifying so there is really no need to worry about a qualifying setup today.

Will the Andretti cars be up front again today? Can Rossi, Herta, and Veach join their teammates at the front? Scott Dixon looked strong yesterday as well. Dixon struggled at IMS last year.

Tony Kanaan took Dalton Kellett’s car out for six laps to help the rookie get u to speed to complete his rookie test. I think TK has a future as a driver coach.

I’ll be back with a wrap up this evening. If something newsworthy happens during the day, I will keep you informed.