Photo: Indycar, Chris Owens
11-5:30 Practice NBC Gold
5:45 Draw for qualifying order
Records won’t be broken, but there should be a lot laps in the 230 mph range today, and possibly a pole average Sunday above 230. Cars will get added boost today and for qualifying this weekend. In the past each car received an extra 20.3 psi of boost for qualifying weekend. For 2020, the increased boost rises to 21.7 psi. The increase is to compensate for the extra weight, approximately 58 pounds, of the aeroscreen.
In theory it should keep the speeds the same. Today with cars in traffic we could see some high speeds. The pole winner has not averaged more than 230 mph since Scott Dixon in 2017. We could see that mark again this weekend.
The pole should come down to a duel between the Penske cars and Ed Carpenter’s team. Andretti Autosport has shown some strength the first two days of practice, but Fast Friday is a completely different day.
Follow along on Twitter @Pitwindowtoo for updates on the speed charts.
Fernando Alonso was checked and released from the infield care center.
Ben Hanley did complete his refresher test and can practice tomorrow.
I went to Gate 1 for a couple of hours today. The sound from outside is a bit muffled, but it was nice to hear the cars running. About a dozen people in small groups had settled in with lawn chairs.
The track PA is on and regular announcements are made as if fans were inside the track.
From the Inside
I chatted with a friend who is allowed inside yesterday morning.
He said the atmosphere is like a test day.
People are only allowed to be in designated spots in the garage are and the pits, but are free to roam the rest of the grounds.
Seats which fans were not allowed to occupy had stickers applied. He believes they were applied after seats were assigned. That makes sense when you look at the pattern of the stickers.