Team Penske’s Will Power, still seeking to grab his first win of the 2013 season, turned in a lap of 1 minute, 5.4332 seconds in the Friday afternoon practice session for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN).
His hot lap on Friday was more than two-tenths of a second quicker than his pole-winning lap time from one year ago at M-O, and was just a shade slower than the track qualifying record of 1 minute, 5.347 seconds – shared by Dario Franchitti (August 1999) and Gil de Ferran (August 2000).
“We got a good time in at the end – a few mistakes during the session but we’re narrowing it down,” Power said. “I’d love nothing more than to get on the pole here and have a chance to win a race. But good so far, and we’ll keep working hard.”
Scott Dixon improved upon his time in Friday’s first practice session, and found himself second overall at the end of the day with a time of 1 minute, 5.4469 seconds. Defending IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay was third-fastest (1 minute, 5.5018 seconds) on the combined sheets, followed by Franchitti in fourth (1 minute, 5.7019 seconds) and Barracuda Racing rookie Luca Filippi (1 minute, 5.7364 seconds) in fifth.
During this afternoon’s activities, Filippi spoke with the media about his opportunity to drive Barracuda’s No. 98 Honda this weekend. When asked about the expectations he and his team both have for himself, the Italian stated that there’s been no added pressure put upon him.
“…I’m a racing driver. I feel that it’s a competition and the biggest pressure comes from myself and the biggest expectation is the one I personally have,” he said.
“I know that these guys are fast and these guys are tough to beat. I’m not expecting anything special, but I have my goals in my mind and I still need to work between today and tomorrow to get closer.”