WILL POWER THIRD FASTEST ON SECOND ROOKIE DAY AT INDIANAPOLIS Will Power has continued his strong start to the proceedings for this year's 92nd Indianapolis 500 with third fastest on the second and final day of Rookie Orientation...
WILL POWER THIRD FASTEST ON SECOND ROOKIE DAY AT INDIANAPOLIS
Will Power has continued his strong start to the proceedings for this year's 92nd Indianapolis 500 with third fastest on the second and final day of Rookie Orientation at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana today.
Power, who was fastest as he passed his Rookie Orientation Program on Opening Day yesterday, improved his speed as he posted the third fastest time today in the #8 Aussie Vineyards -- Team Australia Honda/Dallara/Firestone.
The Australian driver continues to gain speed and confidence around the 2.5-mile oval as he readies to attempt to qualify for his first Indianapolis 500. If successful, Power will become the fifth Australian to start the race known as 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing'.
Power completed 61 laps on track today as he continues to work on set-up and learn the Indianapolis oval. Drivers first find a balanced and stable car set-up that allows them to lap the oval with full throttle for an entire lap. Then the work begins at 'trimming out' the car, reducing drag by lowering downforce levels, giving greater speeds but also offering less grip, meaning that car set-up is crucial.
Power will be back on track tomorrow for the first day of Official Practice, where all drivers and teams will be allowed to participate after Indy 500 rookies and veterans requiring 'refresher programs' were only permitted to participate on the first two days of track activity.
Alex Lloyd of Rahal Letterman Racing was fastest today ahead of Andretti Green Racing's Hideki Mutoh and KV Racing Technology team-mates Power and Oriol Servia.
WHAT THE TEAM HAD TO SAY --
Will Power - #8 Aussie Vineyards - Team Australia Honda/Dallara/Firestone
"It was a good day," said Power.
"We definitely had good balance in the Aussie Vineyards - Team Australia car. We just wanted to go the next step and move into the next speed bracket.
"The Aussie Vineyards crew did a good job getting the car balanced, and we kept trimming it out so we can get to 225 mph. That is the area we obviously need to be at in order to have any chance to qualify well on Saturday.
"I am very happy with how we picked up 2 mph from yesterday. It's a step forward."
Craig Gore - Aussie Vineyards - Team Australia
"Another good day today for Will and the Aussie Vineyards team," said Gore.
"It's a long month so it's all about working up to it and making gradual improvements on the car.
"Rookie Orientation could not have gone better for the Aussie Vineyards car. Will's happy with the progress and he's doing an outstanding job at this early stage.
"Things will move up a gear tomorrow as all the experienced drivers hit the track, but so far the Aussie Vineyards team has done an outstanding job."
-credit: kvt/team australia