Practice Opens For 103rd Indianapolis 500

Penske Teammate Will Power And Simon Pagenaud Fastest On Day 1

Scott Stiller
May 15, 2019 - 9:39 am
Will Power's No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet

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Speedway, IN (93.7 The Fan) - Practice for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 opened on Tuesday and the defending race winner, Team Penske’s Will Power, ended the day atop of the speed chart.

Power’s fast lap of 39.1738-seconds (229.745 mph) in the No. 12 Verizon Chevy was tick quicker than his teammate Simon Pagenaud, who’s quick lap was 39.1810-seconds (229.703).

“Obviously, the speed was a big tow, but definitely a different car with that tire that Firestone brought,” said Power.  “We’ve had to make quite a few adjustments to what we ran last year.  I started with what I raced last year and it definitely was not in the window.”

Ed Carpenter, the team owner/driver and pole winner in 2018, was third on the speed chart at 39.3610-seconds (228.653).

“The baseline setup was good and we were able to work through everything that we wanted to try today, not only on my car, but the other two as well,” said Carpenter.  “There will be a lot of data to go through tonight. Certainly there are areas for improvement.”

Carpenter’s teammate Ed Jones posted the fastest non-tow lap at 224.542 mph in the No. 63 Chevrolet.

“Good first day on the oval,” said Jones.  “We made changes and did quite a number of laps.  It was helpful to learn in these warm conditions, as it will be even warmer later in the month.  It was difficult in traffic today, but I think everyone was struggling out there.”

Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s Colton Herta was the fastest Honda and rookie on the day, posting a fast lap of 39.4246-seconds (228.284).

“The No. 88 GESS Capstone Honda was quick as we were fifth fastest today and the guys worked so hard as they always do,” said Herta.  “Driving around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in an IndyCar is very different from anything I’ve ever done.  I’m really excited to get more time on the track this month.”

Drivers will get more time on the track the next three days before qualifying this weekend to set the field of 33.

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