Marco Andretti upped the top speed for the month on Fast Friday but the real story heading into Saturday’s qualifying was Team Penske.
While Andretti posted a speed over 231mph in traffic, Will Power threw down a lap of 229.780mph in his Verizon Chevy without the benefit of a tow. Teammates Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud were second and third in that no-tow category, at 228.994 and 228.857, in their Chevrolets.
Ed Carpenter was fourth among no tow-ers with a lap of 228.740mph in his Fuzzy’s Chevy.
With IndyCar upping the engine boost for this weekend’s qualifying, drivers were dealing with 40-50 more horsepower on an overcast day in Indianapolis.
Andretti, who had the quickest lap of 227.053mph on Wednesday, ran 231.802mph in his US Concrete Honda and Robert Wickens, in the Lucas Oil Honda, was close behind at 231.732mph.
Carpenter was third overall at 231.066mph and Oriol Servia was clocked at 230.347 mph in the RLL Honda.
All 35 driver and car combinations were practicing and two will be sent home following Saturday’s opening round of time trials.
In the first major accident of the month, James Davison pounded the Turn 2 wall just before 2:45 p.m. and walked away but his Foyt with Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi Chevy suffered significant damage. Davison lost control and spun into the wall with his left side with enough force it lifted all four wheels off the ground. He was able to exit the car.