Ed Jones tops practice speed charts on Day 3 at Indianapolis

Leave a comment

Ed Jones turned the fastest laps in traffic and without a tow Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the final session before horsepower is added for qualifying.

Jones turned a 227.843-mph lap in the No. 63 Dallara-Chevrolet on the 2.5-mile oval, putting the Ed Carpener Racing driver ahead of Takuma Sato, Zach Veach, Sebastien Bourdais and rookie Colton Herta on the third day of practice for the 103rd Indianapolis 500.

On the list of non-tow speeds, which most replicate the conditions in qualifying Saturday and Sunday, Jones also was fastest with a 224.597 mph lap ahead of Spencer Pigot (224.887), Simon Pagenaud (224.868), Will Power (224.858) and Charlie Kimball (224.797).

THE 103RD INDIANAPOLIS 500: Click here for how to watch, full daily schedules

Pato O’Ward became the third driver in two days to crash at Indy but was unhurt after his Carlin Racing Chevrolet briefly got airborne.

That followed wrecks Wednesday for Felix Rosenqvist and Fernando Alonso.

Rosenqvist returned to the track in a backup car that was 34th of 35 cars that posted non-tow speeds.

Alonso, who was visited by seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, didn’t make a lap Thursday as his McLaren Racing team was unable to prepare his car in time before rain cut short the session with about 90 minutes remaining.

On “Fast Friday”, engines will be given an extra boost of about 30 horsepower to prepare for Saturday’s qualifying session. On Sunday, the pole position will be determined among Saturday’s fastest nine drivers, and the last row also will be set, bumping out three teams.

Click here for the fastest non-tow speeds Thursday.

Click here for the fastest speeds Thursday.

Click here for the fastest combined speeds through three days of practice.

Supercross points leader Eli Tomac finds silver linings in interruption

Leave a comment

Though his Monster Energy AMA Supercross championship charge was put on hold, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic had a silver lining for Eli Tomac.

Off the road while the season was postponed for nearly three months, the points leader was able to be present as his girlfriend, Jessica, gave birth to their daughter, Lev, on April 26

“A huge blessing for us there,” Tomac told host Mike Tirico during a “Lunch Talk Live” interview (click on the video above) in which he also joked about becoming a pro at busting off diaper changes. “That was one good blessing for us as we had our daughter on a Sunday, that would have been on a travel day coming back from the race in Las Vegas.

NBCSN

“That was probably the only positive out of all this mess was being able to be there for the birth.”

But there also could be more good fortune for Tomac as the series resumes Sunday at Salt Lake City, Utah (3-4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, 4-6 p.m. on NBC).

The final seven events will be held over 22 days in Rice-Eccles Stadium, which sits at just over 4,000 feet.

The elevation could favor Tomac, who was born and lives in Colorado and is accustomed to riding and training at altitude, which is a departure for many Supercross riders (many of whom hail from California and Florida).

COVID-19 TESTING REQUIRED: Supercross outlines protocols for last seven races

“That’s going to be the test for us,” said the Kawasaki rider, who five of the first 10 races this season. “We’re at elevation in Salt Lake, so when you’re on a motorcycle, you have a little bit of a loss of power. That’s just what happens when you come up in elevation. And a lot of guys train at sea level, and we’re at 4,000 to 5,000 feet, so cardio-wise, we’ll be pushed to the limit.

“Most of our races are Saturday nights and back to back weeks, but this go around it’s Sunday and Wednesday, so recovery is going to be key.”

Supercross will race Sunday and Wednesday for the next three weeks, capping the season with the June 21 finale, which also will be shown on NBCSN from 3-4:30 p.m. ET and NBC from 4:30-6 p.m. ET.

Tomac, who holds a three-point lead over Ken Roczen (who also recently visited “Lunch Talk Live”), told Tirico he had been riding for 90 minutes Thursday morning on a track outside Salt Lake City.

“Most of us we can rely on our past riding pretty well,” Tomac said. “The question is if you can go the distance. That’s what a lot of guys have to train on is going the distance. We go 20 minutes plus a lap. That’s what you’ve got to keep sharp is your general muscles. Within two to three days, your brain starts warming up more if you take a few weeks off the motorcycle.”

Here is the schedule and TV information for the rest of the season:

  • Sunday, May 31 (3-4 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4-6 p.m. ET, NBC);
  • Wednesday, June 3 ( 10:00 pm – 1:00 am ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 7 (5-8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Wednesday, June 10 (7–10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 14 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Wednesday, June 17 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 21 (3-4:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. ET, NBC).
Eli Tomac rides his No. 3 Kawasaki in the Feb. 29 race at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia (Charles Mitchell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images).