Dixon leads Quick Friday as Ganassi, Honda present energy at Indy
With an additional 90hp on faucet for Quick Friday, common speeds rocketed above 230mph for 27 out of the 35 vehicles as Honda and Chip Ganassi Racing made daring statements to guide the sector with a better of 223.302mph within the No. 9 entry.
CGR held P1-2-3-4 with its 4 vehicles with 12 minutes to go, however Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta broke up the group with a blast to P2 at 232.784mph within the No. 27 Honda. On the no-tow report (NTR), which identifies the perfect laps turned with out assist from an aerodynamic tow, Dixon was P6 and Herta was P4, suggesting their total speeds have been largely clear whereas performing their four-lap qualifying simulations.
Behind them, the remainder of the highest six featured CGR’s Tony Kanaan within the No. 48 Honda (232.690mph, P12 NTR), CGR’s Marcus Ericsson within the No. 8 Honda (232.531mph, P7 NTR), CGR’s Alex Palou within the No. 10 Honda (232.155mph, P8 NTR), and with the primary Chevy, Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward within the No. 5 entry in P6 (232.034mph, P3 NTR).
“I believe actually, all 4 of our vehicles look very sturdy,” Dixon stated. “The great factor for us is we’ve plenty of good information to have a look at tonight. You already know, we’re barely totally different (with the No. 9’s setup) to the opposite three vehicles. However you realize, Ericsson, Kanaan, and Palou look very sturdy. Palou’s final run was stout, man.”
Run in ambient temperatures that hovered within the mid-80s and climbing observe temperatures that surpassed 120F, the 35 drivers have been busy when follow began at Midday, and in the direction of the tip of the afternoon as Pleased Hour arrived. Most shocking have been the handful of entries to place up huge speeds in the course of the six-hour session, typically with out the assistance of a significant tow.
One reality stood out all through Quick Friday, and that was the large and straightforward speeds on show from Honda’s groups. The comparative lack of spectacular velocity from Chevy was proven by Group Penske’s Josef Newgarden in P22 (230.479mph), who led a bunch of 13 Chevy-powered vehicles in P22-P35; solely Marco Andretti, Honda’s slowest driver in P26, prevented the Bowtie from having the 14th slowest vehicles on Quick Friday. Up entrance, Hondas held 12 of the quickest 15 laps, with Chevy breaking by way of in P6, P12, and P15.
O’Ward in P6 ought to give Chevy followers some optimism because of his NTR velocity, however after that, Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay’s run to P12 (NTR of P14) and boss Ed Carpenter in P15 (NTR of P10) have been the 2 greatest laps with no draft. The remainder of Chevy’s drivers have been P22 or decrease on the NTR.
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Quick Friday lived as much as it’s identify. Now it’s time to set the qualifying order.
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