2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay put Andretti Autosport-Honda on top of the speed charts after two hours of the six-hour practice session on Tuesday, as Alonso racked up the most laps and practiced running in traffic.
Hunter-Reay’s best was a 223.960mph, set on the sixth of his 24 laps, and was enough to beat part-timer Sage Karam in the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing-Chevrolet entry into second.
Another Andretti car, that of Takuma Sato finished the first two hours in third at 223.556mph, ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda’s Mikhail Aleshin, and the fastest of the Penske-Chevrolets, that of reigning IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud.
Castroneves was followed by two teammates, Josef Newgarden and three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves. JR Hildebrand of Ed Carpenter Racing, defending Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport) and last week’s Indy Grand Prix winner Will Power completed the Top 10.
Fernando Alonso got his first taste of running in the draft following teammates and rivals, and clocked a total of 41 laps, more than any other driver, as he sought to make up for time lost yesterday due to a rear suspension issue on his McLaren Honda Andretti entry.
Pippa Mann’s Dale Coyne Racing-Honda and Oriol Servia’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda didn’t emerge until near the 2pm mark, so had registered fewer than 10 laps each.
32 of the 33 entries have already hit the track, while 1996 winner Buddy Lazier is due to run for the first time this year in tomorrow’s session.