O’Ward Sets Practice 2 Pace

The kids took over in GMR Grand Prix practice in the second session. The top five drivers are all 25 years old or younger.

Pato O’Ward grabbed the fastest time late in the session from Alex Palou. The top four drivers recorded laps in the 1:09 bracket. The top 23 cars are within one second of O’Ward’s time. Practice had two red flag interruptions, both within the first seven minutes of the session.

Alex Palou was first in the morning practice and second in the afternoon.

Dalton Kellett spun off track into the sand trap and could move. David Malukas went off track to avoid Kellet’s car. Malukas was able to continue back to the pits.

Jimmie Johnson went off track min the same area a few minutes later. The rest of the practice was green.

As I expected, some drivers who were down nthe chart in the morning practice improved their times. Rinus VeeKay was fourth this afternoon after ending the morning session 21st. Veekay was the first driver to turn a lap under 1:10.

Callum Ilott dropped to 19th from second in the just completed round. Christian Lundgaard, fifth in the just completed practice, improved from14th this morning.


I noticed a few more new things around the speedway.

BMW has a new building in turn three. I am not sure what the building will be used for.

Recycling cans are prevalent throughout the grounds next to trash cans. It’s nice to see some tangible environmental commitment by IMS.