News & Multimedia

Carlos Munoz Fastest On Day 2

AJ Allmendinger and a strong tow impeded James Hinchcliffe from completing an Andretti Autosport top-five sweep during the second day of practice for the 97th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 12.

Business and the breeze were brisk during the six hours allotted on the 2.5-mile oval. Twenty-three driver/car combinations recorded 730 laps without incident. Michel Jourdain Jr., Ryan Briscoe and Oriol Servia were among the drivers seeing their initial track time.

The afternoon May 13 is reserved for practice, with Conor Daly participating in the three-phase Rookie Orientation Program earlier in the day in the No. 41 ABC Supply car for A.J. Foyt Racing. Pippa Mann in the No. 63 Dale Coyne Racing car is scheduled to go through a refresher program.

Carlos Munoz, who breezed through ROP a day earlier, topped the speed chart with a lap of 223.023 mph (40.3545 seconds) in the Chevrolet-powered No. 26 Unistraw car. Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, an Indy 500 front-row starter last May, was second-quick (222.825 mph), while E.J. Viso (222.523) was third in the No. 5 Team Venezuela entry.

“The feeling on your first day on track is pretty special,” said Hunter-Reay, who has scored a victory and two Verizon P1 Awards this season. “Andretti Autosport has had a good season so far and we certainly had a strong run, but all of that has nothing to do with Indy, so it’s kind of like you start over here.

“We really don’t know where we stack up yet compared to everybody because we haven’t had a full field out there yet. Today was a good day to just check some things off the list. We went through some of the bigger changes trying to understand a few things that we were looking at in the winter, and we had a chance to run with the teammates, which got interesting at times. It was fun though.

“It was fun just getting back in that rhythm of running in traffic at Indy. This track is so special for so many reasons; it really drives like no other racetrack. It was good to get back in it, shake a little rust off at Indy and ready for the week.”

Marco Andretti (222.485 mph) checked in fourth in No. 25 RCA Cola entry. Allmendinger, who also completed ROP in short fashion May 11, got more comfortable with the No. 2 IZOD Team Penske car and posted a quick lap of 221.279 mph. Hinchcliffe, the quintuplet of the Andretti Autosport brigade in the No. 27 GoDaddy.com car, was six-hundredths of a second behind Allmendinger.

“I think the job we’ve done as a team has been impressive,” Viso summed up. “These guys have put together a fast setup for us for this year. Today we realized we actually went pretty fast; we had a good car on our own and a good car in traffic. I think it’s going to be a flawless and smooth month and I’m really looking forward to it.”

The top 17 cars were separated by less than a second.

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Carlos Munoz Fastest On Day 2
 
Carlos Munoz Fastest On Day 2
Carlos Munoz, who breezed through ROP a day earlier, topped the speed chart with a lap of 223.023 mph (40.3545 seconds) in the Chevrolet-powered No. 26 Unistraw car.
Read More
Related Media
Weekend Racing Preview v2
 
Exhale This Weekend with More Exciting Racing in Cup, MotoGP
This weekend’s racing lineup is quieter. NASCAR will enter Round 2 of its playoffs at New Hampshire, and MotoGP returns to Spain to compete at Aragon. IMSA sports cars also are racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Read More
Josef Newgarden 500
 
New Champion Newgarden Shifts Sights to Next Big Goal: Winning Indy
The surprise celebration at IMS reminded Newgarden of the place he wants to enjoy his next life-changing moment – Victory Circle at IMS on Sunday, May 27, 2018 after winning the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Read More
Kasey Kahne
 
Kasey Kahne Will Drive Leavine Family Racing No. 95 in 2018
Leavine Family Racing announced Tuesday that 18-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner Kasey Kahne is coming aboard as the organization’s new driver beginning next season.
Read More
Takuma Sato
 
Indy 500 Champion Sato Joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for 2018 Season
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato will return to their Verizon IndyCar Series team in 2018.
Read More
muroya-rbar-lausitzring
 
Muroya Takes Win in Mind-Blowing Lausitzring Red Bull Air Race
With just one showdown left before the Red Bull Air Race World Champion is crowned in Indianapolis, Japan’s Yoshihide Muroya launched himself to second overall with a brilliant win at Germany’s Lausitzring on Sunday.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 2,754
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact IMS Sales Department at (317) 492-8739 or email at hospitalitysales@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
It's Pole day on @CrownRoyal Armed Forces Weekend & we can't wait to see you! Check out details on the day: https://t.co/yKQ6Db3YRK
May 21