INDIANAPOLIS – Speeds for practice aren’t the end all be all during Indy 500 race week. Especially this year. See, on Monday’s session, the temperatures were much cooler than what we’re going to see on race day for Sunday’s 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/NBC/INDYCAR Radio Network).
Then, Friday was all about finding the right balance in more ideal conditions for this weekend’s 200 Lap race. Temperatures are going to be similar on Friday than it will be on Sunday. If you can get a car dialed in during hotter conditions in fact, then you should be in good shape.
Well, Dale Coyne Racing must be in really good shape.
All three of their cars were found in the top six of the speed charts on Carb Day. Not only were they quick, they looked really good in the draft as all three cars were making moves on the famed 2.5-mile oval during the 70 minute session.
James Davison led them all for most of the session in his No. 33 Honda with a top speed of 225.314 mph. That’s good enough for fifth. That comes after being P10 on Monday. Davison, will start his car 15th on Sunday, a day in which he felt like he won the pole with how happy he was.
He’s a legitimate sleeper this weekend.
So is Sebastien Bourdais. He made the Fast Nine and will roll off on the Inside of Row 3 on Sunday. Plus, Bourdais is feeling comfortable. He was sixth overall in his No. 18 Honda on Carb Day giving him four top six appearances in six practice sessions this month.
Bourdais, has three top 11 finishes in his last four Indy 500 starts.
Then there’s rookie Santino Ferrucci. He’s never raced on an oval before and here he was second on the speed charts in final practice. Ferrucci, has speed in his No. 19 Honda and looks racy.
All three of these drivers aren’t known as favorite. Book them as sleepers.