IRL: Indy 500: Honda day three report

Wheldon Heads Indy 500 Opening Day Practice IndyCar Series championship leader Dan Wheldon headed the speed charts Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as 25 drivers representing 14 teams began official practice for the 91st running...

Wheldon Heads Indy 500 Opening Day Practice

IndyCar Series championship leader Dan Wheldon headed the speed charts Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as 25 drivers representing 14 teams began official practice for the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 under sunny skies and nearly perfect weather conditions.

It was the first of four full days of practice leading up to Saturday's "Pole Day" qualifying runs, and the second consecutive season Honda has supplied engines for the entire Indianapolis 500 starting field. Wheldon, the 2005 race winner and series champion, led the field early in the day and then came back in the late afternoon to re-establish himself at the top if the time sheets after 2001-02 '500' champion Helio Castroneves briefly held the fastest speed.

The 25 drivers have turned 1,218 laps in practice on Tuesday, for a total of 3,045 miles, with no engine-related issues reported. In the only incident of the day, John Herb spun and crashed exiting Turn 2, but escaped serious injury.

Roger Griffiths (Race Team Technical Leader, Honda Performance Development) on practice today: "It was an encouraging first day for Honda, following two days of Rookie Orientation. It was a trouble-free day for Honda, and a good way for us to start the 'Month of May'."

-credit: honda

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dan Wheldon