8:30-9 Group 1 Practice NBC Gold
9-9:30 Group 2 Pracrice NBC Gold
11-4:50 Qualifying NBC Gold (NBC 3-5)
The 3earlier someone qualifies, the better chance they will have of making the Fast Nine. Weather conditions should be similar to yesterday when the fastest laps came early in the day. Heat made the track slippery later, and even the cooling shadow on the front stretch in the final hour didn’t help speeds improve.
Qualifying ends a n hour earlier today as well, meaning drivers can’t take advantage of the late day shade on the front straight.
The qualifying order:
Honda powered cars have dominated the practice days. Could they fill the first three rows? Team Penske cars have looked down on power, with Will Power finally improving to eleventh fastest late yesterday. Andretti Autosport, particularly Marco Andretti, have looked strong so far. Marco drew what many consider to be an unfavorable qualifying spot at 28. Usually some cars step out of line and give up their slot, but with the heat and the way the track slowed yesterday, i don’t look for anyone ahead of the 98 to do that.
On Friday, the fastest four lap averages were: