Fast Friday- Sato Sweeps

The last 30 minutes of Fast Friday gave us a preview of what tomorrow may bring. There was speed, drama, frustration, and concern. And it isn’t even Bump Day!

Sato set the fastest lap of 234.753 early in the day. Most cars took turns making four lap qualifying runs. At three o’clock Rinus VeeKay had the fastest four lap average 232,898.

A little after 5 Josef Newgarden went out and put up the fastest four lap average. teammate Will Power followed and beat Newgarden.

Marcus Ericsson then went to the top of the four lap chart. Sato then took to the track and posted the nbest average of the day.

If tomorrow is anything like today, get ready for a fun qualifications tomorrow.

Dixon Issue?

Scott Dixon was on a qualifying sim run when he had to cut it short halfway through. He told NBC that there was an issue with the car. Dixon wouldn’t specify the problem, but he said it would put them on the back foot.

More Rahal Woes

The RLL cars continued to struggle today. Their frustration was compounded in the final 15 minutes of the day when Jack Harvey’s car began trailing smoke as he came off turn 2.

Mixed Day for Juncos

Rookie Agustin Canapino had a solid 15th place four lap average. The news wasn’t so great for teammate Callum Ilott.

Team owner Ricardo Juncos decided to switch chassis. he called the car Ilott was driving “dangerous.” The team will switch to the chassis Canapino used in the open test. It is a huge job, but Juncos has been in t5his situation before.

Work begins on the chassis switch

In 2019 Kyle Kaiser crashed on Fast friday. The car was ready for qualifying the next day. Kaiser eventually made the field by bumping Fernando Alonso.

Ilott may miss the morning practice.

Weather for tomorrow looks cool and sunny. Drivers who draw early slots should have an advantage.

I will pos the qualifying order later tonight.