A significantly windy day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway wasn’t enough to slow the 11 combined drivers from Chevy and Honda from setting some impressive lap speeds during the final test day ahead of the Indy 500.
The Manufacturers’ test saw Chevy make a statement as the unofficial laps by A.J. Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan (226.7mph), Ed Carpenter Racing’s Ed Carpenter (225.4mph) and Harding Racing’s Gabby Chaves (224.0mph) took the top three positions.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports rookie Robert Wickens was fastest among the Honda runners in fourth (223.7mph), but was sandwiched by three more Chevys as Carlin Racing’s Charlie Kimball (221.5mph), ECR’s Danica Patrick (220.8mph), and Foyt rookie Matheus Leist (220.5mph) followed the Canadian.
Honda’s Chip Ganassi Racing duo of Ed Jones (220.5mph) and Scott Dixon (220.1mph) were eighth and ninth, SPM’s James Hinchcliffe was 10th (219.8mph), and Carlin’s Max Chilton (218.2mph) completed the driver roster.
If the 2017 Indy 500 looked like it favored Honda with its apparent horsepower advantage, pre-race testing suggests the Bowtie has turned the tables and could be holding high ground once the May 27 race arrives.