Ericsson leads halfway via Day 2 at Indy
The primary three hours of Wednesday’s six-hour open apply session for the Indy 500 noticed loads of pace and motion from 34 of the 35 entries as temperatures rose to nearly 80F, up 10-15F from Tuesday.
Inside 5 minutes of the 12:15 p.m. begin, the perfect lap was set as Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson posted a 226.007mph within the No. 8 Honda, which stood via the midway level within the session.
Conor Daly was P2 with an almost equivalent 226.006mph, and by the top of the primary half hour, Ericsson’s teammate Scott Dixon was holding P3 within the No. 9 Honda at 225.833mph, Sebastien Bourdais was P4 with a 225.491mph within the No. 14 A.J. Foyt Racing Chevy, Ed Carpenter held P5 within the No. 20 Chevy with a 224.528mph, and at 1:45 p.m., Alexander Rossi climbed to P6 with a 224.988mph lap within the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda.
Actions had been pretty even between drivers looking for clear area to carry out four-lap qualifying simulation runs and groups dispatching most or all of their drivers to lap in packs and be taught extra about main and following in turbulent air.
The one driver lacking from the motion was RC Enerson and the No. 75 Prime Gun Racing Chevy. Enerson was given additional time to finish his Rookie Orientation Program earlier than open apply, and did so whereas posting a finest lap of 216.056mph. The automotive was towed again to their storage after turning 48 laps, however was not seen on pit lane by the three-hour mark.
The session runs to six:15 p.m. ET.