Rain Cuts Indy 500 Fast Friday Short
Viso’s speed was faster than teammate’s Marco Andretti’s lap of 2238.754 mph and rookie Carlos Munoz’s 228.520 mph.
“Today was a short day due to weather, but we wanted to get through our qualifying simulations during our afternoon run,” said the rookie driver from Colombia. “We had to get through our runs pretty fast, but I’m really happy with how they went. I think we have a strong car going into qualifying tomorrow. The No. 26 Unistraw Chevy has been running well all week, so I’m looking forward to doing well. I’m really excited going into my first qualifying run for the Indy 500; it’s a dream come true.
“Ever since I was small, I wanted to be in this race. I remember watching Montoya win the Indianapolis 500 in 2000. This is a special race for me; I’m going to give everything I have tomorrow.”
Team Penske’s Will Power was fourth at 228.401 mph followed by Panther Racing’s J.R. Hildebrand’s 227.549 mph.
The top eight drivers on “Fast Friday” were powered by Chevrolet engines. Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti was the highest Honda driver – ninth at 227.080 mph. Another Honda driver, Japan’s Takuma Sato, rounded out the top 10 for team owner A.J. Foyt at 227.038 mph.
Some of the fast drivers were confident of cracking a lap or two over 230 miles per hour on Friday before the rains came and washed out the remainder of practice.
“I reckon we would have been over 230 (mph) if we would have had a full day,” Marco Andretti said. “But, obviously, those were tow laps. I think as a team we’re quite comfortable with our speeds. Obviously, tomorrow is going to be another day, and it’s just going to come down to having a good balance.”