2015 Indianapolis 500 Practice Times
INDIANAPOLIS (May 12, 2015) – The expected gain in miles per hour from the superspeedway aerodynamic bodywork components on the Verizon IndyCar Series cars is becoming more evident with each practice day for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
Click HERE to view and download the results of Tuesday’s practice session and HERE to view and download the combined practice timesheet.
Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves showed he can go fast with and without a “tow” using the new aero kits. Castroneves posted the fastest overall lap as well as the best lap without the aid of cars cutting the air in front of him in the third practice session on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.
Driving the No. 3 Shell V-Power Nitro+ Team Penske Chevrolet, Castroneves clocked the quickest overall lap of 227.514 mph less than an hour into day. He returned in the closing 60 minutes, known as “Happy Hour,” to run a lap of 225.315 without a tow from cars in front.
Aero kits were introduced this season to Verizon IndyCar Series competition from manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda, and have helped set track records most everywhere the series has run in 2015. The Indianapolis 500 marks the first time the superspeedway kits have been in use, but their advantage is plain. Castroneves’ fast lap today, in just the third practice session, is already better than any lap posted through the first five sessions a year ago. And speeds are known to increase as the practice week progresses.
Castroneves, currently third in the championship standings behind teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power, said there is still work to be done that could achieve even more speedy dividends.
“It was a good day,” Castroneves said. “The Shell V-Power Nitro+ car was super strong, super solid, felt comfortable. Now we’ve got to just keep working with this new aero kit. Today was basically the second day that we’ve been working constantly, but I like what I see.
“Things are looking in the right direction. We’re not focused on just the lap, we’re focused on the performance of it all.”
Castroneves’ third Penske teammate, Simon Pagenaud, was second fastest overall at 227.382 mph in the No. 22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet, followed by Scott Dixon at 226.769 mph in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.
Justin Wilson, driving his second race for Andretti Autosport, was fourth overall and the quick Honda at 226.688, but his engine appeared to let go on the frontstretch of the 2.5-mile oval, putting an end to the six-hour session a few minutes early.
“I looked in the mirror and there was a lot of smoke coming out of the exhaust so, yeah, it’s unfortunate,” Wilson said. “I don’t know any more than that right now. But looking back over the day, I think we’ve had a pretty good day. The car’s been quick. We tried a couple of different setups that the team’s got going on. Both feel pretty good and quick.”
Practice resumes Wednesday through Friday at IMS, Friday’s session again expected to live up to its nickname of “Fast Friday” because manufacturers are allowed to increase turbocharger boost pressure from 130 kPa to 140 kPa, which will generate more horsepower and likely higher speeds.
Two days of qualifying Saturday and Sunday will set the 33-car grid for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” After that, all that’s left before the May 24 race is afternoon practice on Monday, May 18 and the traditional Carb Day one-hour practice on May 22.
Fuel Leak Causes Fire on de Silvestro Car
Andretti Autosport driver Simona de Silvestro was uninjured when the No. 29 TE Connectivity Honda she was driving during practice caught fire on the backstretch. A fuel leak was the culprit, according to a team spokesperson. De Silvestro exited the race car without assistance.
In 2011 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, de Silvestro suffered second-degree burns to her right hand in a practice crash. She went on to qualify and compete in the race. In 2010, she suffered minor burns to a finger on her right hand in a crash during the race at Texas Motor Speedway.
“It’s definitely unfortunate because the car is pretty burnt down, and it’s really frustrating that it seems like fire follows me,” de Silvestro said. “Maybe this time is third time’s the charm, and hopefully the team can get the car back together as quickly as possible. Until now, everything was working fine and it’s just annoying because it’s a pretty big setback for us.”
De Silvestro, seeking to compete in her fifth Indianapolis 500, had completed nine laps. She has a best finish of 14th at IMS and earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2010.
Carpenter Carrying Luck of the Bulldogs Again
Ed Carpenter has carried the Butler University logo to the pole position in the last two Indianapolis 500s. The 2004 Butler grad is hoping the Bulldog logo can bring him even more luck in the 99th Running of the “500” since his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet is carrying the logo again this May.
Carpenter, driver and co-owner of the car, gave Butler president James M. Danko, athletics director Barry Collier, men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann and mascot Butler Blue III a tour of the team’s garage this morning, explaining the new aero kits on the cars.
Holtmann, who led Butler to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in his first season as coach, was impressed with the amount of preparation that CFH Racing does for each day the car is on track.
“Unless you’re an avid fan, you probably don’t get all that goes into that one day,” Holtmann said. “It’s not unlike our sport (basketball). He’s trying to perform at a high level and it’s impressive to see. He could have gone on for two or three hours about the car.”
If Rahal Wins, MAVTV 500 Ticket Holders Can Win
If Graham Rahal wins the Indianapolis 500, fans can win, too – a free reserved ticket to the MAVTV 500 on June 27 at Auto Club Speedway, that is.
Fans purchasing a full-price reserved ticket to the Verizon IndyCar Series race at the 2-mile oval in Fontana, Calif., by noon ET May 24 will have the ticket cost refunded if Rahal, driver of the No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, wins the 99th Indy 500. Reserved seats for the MAVTV 500, the 11th race on the 2015 schedule, start at $55.
To purchase tickets, visit www.autoclubspeedway.com/grahamwins or call (800) 944-7223.
2015 Indianapolis 500 Practice Times ( Day 2 )
1. Helio Castroneves (C) 227.514mph 39.5580s (72 laps)
2. Simon Pagenaud (C) 227.382mph 39.5809s + 0.0229s (92 laps)
3. Scott Dixon (C) 226.769mph 39.6880s + 0.1300s (61 laps)
4. Justin Wilson (H) 226.688mph 39.7022s + 0.1442s (89 laps)
5. Townsend Bell (C) 226.519mph 39.7317s + 0.1737s (69 laps)
6. Will Power (C) 226.393mph 39.7538s + 0.1958s (86 laps)
7. Tony Kanaan (C) 226.392mph 39.7540s + 0.1960s (37 laps)
8. JR Hildebrand (C) 226.376mph 39.7569s + 0.1989s (28 laps)
9. Marco Andretti (H) 226.354mph 39.7607s + 0.2027s (99 laps)
10. Carlos Munoz (H) 226.199mph 39.7880s + 0.2300s (86 laps)
11. Ed Carpenter (C) 225.845mph 39.8503s + 0.2923s (59 laps)
12. Josef Newgarden (C) 225.625mph 39.8892s + 0.3312s (79 laps)
13. Charlie Kimball (C) 225.467mph 39.9172s + 0.3592s (56 laps)
14. Takuma Sato (H) 225.342mph 39.9393s + 0.3813s (42 laps)
15. Graham Rahal (H) 225.271mph 39.9519s + 0.3939s (69 laps)
16. Gabby Chaves (H) 224.903mph 40.0173s + 0.4593s (91 laps)
17. Sage Karam (C) 224.838mph 40.0289s + 0.4709s (47 laps)
18. Ryan Hunter-Reay (H) 224.784mph 40.0385s + 0.4805s (84 laps)
19. Sebastien Bourdais (C) 224.534mph 40.0830s + 0.5250s (84 laps)
20. Juan Pablo Montoya (C) 224.440mph 40.0998s + 0.5418s (70 laps)
21. Oriol Servia (H) 224.179mph 40.1465s + 0.5885s (82 laps)
22. Pippa Mann (H) 224.056mph 40.1686s + 0.6106s (62 laps)
23. Conor Daly (H) 223.922mph 40.1926s + 0.6346s (57 laps)
24. James Hinchcliffe (H) 223.793mph 40.2157s + 0.6577s (68 laps)
25. James Jakes (H) 223.267mph 40.3104s + 0.7524s (62 laps)
26. Marco Andretti (H) 222.879mph 40.3806s + 0.8226s (4 laps)
27. Stefano Coletti (C) 222.504mph 40.4487s + 0.8907s (48 laps)
28. Jack Hawksworth (H) 222.448mph 40.4589s + 0.9009s (25 laps)
29. Simona de Silvestro (H) 222.164mph 40.5107s + 0.9527s (9 laps)
30. Carlos Huertas (H) 221.675mph 40.5999s + 1.0419s (45 laps)
31. Sebastian Saavedra (C) 221.064mph 40.7122s + 1.1542s (31 laps)
32. Bryan Clauson (C) 218.821mph 41.1296s + 1.5716s (47 laps)
33. James Davison (H) 214.877mph 41.8845s + 2.3265s (15 laps)
34. Alex Tagliani (H) 121.952mph 63.7995s + 34.2415s (3 laps)
Total Laps: 1958
Combined Indy 500 Practice Results
1. Helio Castroneves (C) 227.514mph 39.5580s Practice 2 (73 laps)
2. Simon Pagenaud (C) 227.382mph 39.5809s Practice 2 (123 laps)
3. Scott Dixon (C) 226.769mph 39.6880s Practice 2 (88 laps)
4. Justin Wilson (H) 226.688mph 39.7022s Practice 2 (133 laps)
5. Townsend Bell (C) 226.519mph 39.7317s Practice 2 (108 laps)
6. Will Power (C) 226.393mph 39.7538s Practice 2 (87 laps)
7. Tony Kanaan (C) 226.392mph 39.7540s Practice 2 (63 laps)
8. JR Hildebrand (C) 226.376mph 39.7569s Practice 2 (89 laps)
9. Marco Andretti (H) 226.354mph 39.7607s Practice 2 (162 laps)
10. Carlos Munoz (H) 226.199mph 39.7880s Practice 2 (122 laps)
11. Ed Carpenter (C) 225.845mph 39.8503s Practice 2 (138 laps)
12. Sage Karam (C) 225.802mph 39.8579s Practice 1 (88 laps)
13. Josef Newgarden (C) 225.625mph 39.8892s Practice 2 (162 laps)
14. Charlie Kimball (C) 225.467mph 39.9172s Practice 2 (75 laps)
15. Takuma Sato (H) 225.342mph 39.9393s Practice 2 (87 laps)
16. Graham Rahal (H) 225.271mph 39.9519s Practice 2 (146 laps)
17. Gabby Chaves (H) 224.903mph 40.0173s Practice 2 (99 laps)
18. Ryan Hunter-Reay (H) 224.784mph 40.0385s Practice 2 (152 laps)
19. Sebastien Bourdais (C) 224.534mph 40.0830s Practice 2 (118 laps)
20. Juan Pablo Montoya (C) 224.440mph 40.0998s Practice 2 (73 laps)
21. Oriol Servia (H) 224.179mph 40.1465s Practice 2 (140 laps)
22. James Hinchcliffe (H) 224.174mph 40.1473s Practice 1 (104 laps)
23. Pippa Mann (H) 224.056mph 40.1686s Practice 2 (68 laps)
24. Conor Daly (H) 223.922mph 40.1926s Practice 2 (85 laps)
25. Simona de Silvestro (H) 223.684mph 40.2353s Practice 1 (51 laps)
26. James Jakes (H) 223.499mph 40.2686s Practice 1 (98 laps)
27. Marco Andretti (H) 222.879mph 40.3806s Practice 2 (4 laps)
28. Stefano Coletti (C) 222.504mph 40.4487s Practice 2 (85 laps)
29. Jack Hawksworth (H) 222.448mph 40.4589s Practice 2 (25 laps)
30. Carlos Huertas (H) 221.675mph 40.5999s Practice 2 (63 laps)
31. Sebastian Saavedra (C) 221.064mph 40.7122s Practice 2 (47 laps)
32. Bryan Clauson (C) 219.151mph 41.0676s Practice 1 (78 laps)
33. James Davison (H) 214.877mph 41.8845s Practice 2 (15 laps)
34. Alex Tagliani (H) 121.952mph 63.7995s Practice 2 (3 laps)