INDIANAPOLIS – Will Power is two-for-two in leading practice sessions for this weekend’s INDYCAR Grand Prix from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
After pacing the morning session, Power again led this afternoon in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet at 1:07.7684, with this time set on Firestone’s new red alternate tires. The existing track record is 1:08.6746 set by Power last year in Q1 last year.
Josef Newgarden was second ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya, Alexander Rossi (the top Honda) and Helio Castroneves in a Team Penske-dominated session, where four of the five Penske entries were in the top five.
The only one who wasn’t, points leader, Phoenix winner and defending race and series champion Simon Pagenaud, was eighth in the session. He and Rossi appeared to have a moment going into Turn 7 with Pagenaud to Rossi’s outside, but the two drivers emerged unscathed.
Other incidents during the session were Ryan Hunter-Reay stopping on track with the crew reporting him out of fuel and Carlos Munoz going off course in a spin near the end of the session.
Times are below with qualifying to come from 4:20 to 5:35 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.
Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.
It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.
Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)