Speeds eclipse 226mph at IMS as teams debut superspeedway aero kits

We can only expect these speeds to increase as we go further into the month of May.

The first real test of Chevrolet and Honda's superspeedway aero kits came at the yard Bricks today as teams and drivers took to the famed circuit for the first of many test-practice sessions, preceding the Indy 500. The four-hour session went on without incident.

As expected, the cars were very fast. Nine cars topped 225mph with Team Penske's Juan Pablo Montoya the fastest of all, completing a single lap at 226.772mpg (39.6874 seconds). He was just ahead of teammate Helio Castroneves, who went 226.468mph around the track. Montoya and Tony Kanaan competed the most laps at 95 each.

Marco Andretti was the fastest Honda in third, posting a speed of 226.228mph. A total of 28 cars put down a time with Sebastien Bourdais the slowest of all at 217.798mph. Davey Hamilton, who has started 11 previous 500s, drove the No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold/Kingdom Racing with Townsend Bell racing a sportscar in California today.

Verizon IndyCar Series teams return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 7 for a Promoter Test on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in preparation for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9.

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Series IndyCar
Event Indy 500
Sub-event Opening Day
Track Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Article type Testing report
Tags aero kits, chevrolet, honda