“Refresher” Bourdais sets fastest speed in Indy 500 testing



The AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet driver, with the aid of a tow from two cars, lapped the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway 43 times, setting his best time of 40.1022sec, on Lap 33.

His best no-tow speed was only eighth in the 11-car Rookies & Refreshers session, but that was largely a result of there being not enough clear track, as the 80min session was interrupted by a yellow flag, hurrying everyone onto the track at golden hour.

Sage Karam was an encouraging second fastest in the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing-Chevy, while third fastest was three-time Indy winner and four-time polesitter Helio Castroneves in the Meyer Shank Racing-Honda.

James Hinchcliffe, back with Andretti Autosport-Honda fulltime in 2021, was fourth, and the 2016 Indy polesitter will have been gratified to clock a 219.788mph lap without the aid of a tow. That put him top of the session for no-tows, and just 0.1mph off teammate Colton Herta’s top no-tow time from this morning.

Simona De Silvestro was never able to find a space to get a no-tow speed but the 2011 Rookie of the Year looked very comfortable as she reacclimated to IndyCars and the Brickyard after a six-year absence, ducking and diving through slower traffic, and setting seventh fastest time.

The Dale Coyne Racing with RWR-Hondas of IMS rookies Pietro Fittipaldi and Cody Ware completed Stage 2 of ROP, with Fittipaldi turning 62 laps, more than anyone else.

Practice resumes at 9am ET tomorrow to help compensate for the time lost to rain today.

P

No

Name

FTime

Gap

FL

Laps

FSpeed

Engine

Tire

Team

1

14

Sebastien Bourdais

40.1022

0.000

33

43

224.427

Chevy

P

AJ Foyt Enterprises

2

24

Sage Karam

40.5317

0.4295

37

43

222.048

Chevy

P

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

3

06

Helio Castroneves

40.7061

0.1744

47

55

221.097

Honda

P

Meyer Shank Racing

4

29

James Hinchcliffe

40.9140

0.2079

34

43

219.974

Honda

P

Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport

5

18

Ed Jones

40.9813

0.0673

34

41

219.612

Honda

P

Dale Coyne Racing

6

86

Juan Pablo Montoya

41.0754

0.0941

29

45

219.109

Chevy

P

Arrow McLaren SP

7

16

Simona De Silvestro

41.1095

0.0341

44

51

218.927

Chevy

P

Paretta Autosport

8

4

Dalton Kellett

41.3136

0.2041

43

49

217.846

Chevy

P

AJ Foyt Enterprises

9

51

Pietro Fittipaldi

41.3964

0.0828

56

62

217.410

Honda

P

Dale Coyne Racing w/Rick Ware Racing

10

59

Max Chilton

41.4817

0.0853

30

47

216.963

Chevy

P

Carlin

11

52

Cody Ware

41.8846

0.4029

49

49

214.876

Honda

P

Dale Coyne Racing w/Rick Ware Racing

 



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