Good Morning From Pole Day At IMS

It’s a very foggy, cloudy and extremely muggy morning here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s currently sixty-four degrees and one would think that speeds would be down this morning, given those conditions. Well, that’s not the case. The two split sessions were just completed and AJ Allmendinger has already crossed through 229 mph. He currently sits at the top of the scoring pylon with a 229.086. Nashville native Josef Newgarden is not too far behind in the second spot with a 228.609. Graham Rahal is third quick with a 228.318. That’s especially good news for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team that has struggled all month. Graham said that they found something yesterday. You hear that a lot and tend to take it with a grain of salt. Apparently, this time it was true.

All cars are currently on track for a solid hour of practice until 10:00. Then they will make a quick dash to the garage area to make final adjustments before qualifying starts at 11:00.

As I type, Will Power just jumped to the top of the charts with the top speed of the month – 229.808. The magical 230 mph mark is not too far away.

To look at the skies, you’d think it was iffy, at best, to get the entire qualifying session in. However, the radar looks better than the skies. The forecast sounds more promising too. There is a chance of scattered thunderstorms throughout the day. I hope we don’t have the violent squall that we experienced yesterday.


Well, I’m heading out to the track and then to the garage area to watch the teams searching for more speed thrash about on their cars before qualifying starts. I will post here throughout the day, or you can follow me on Twitter at @Oilpressureblog. Check back often.

George Phillips


One Response to “Good Morning From Pole Day At IMS”

  1. Bent Wickerbill Says:

    Speeds will be up because air temp is cool, yet with such a high degree of water vapor present the air density is somewhat reduced making for a nice racy combination. Always remember, hot and humid reduced engine performace bit less drag. Cool and humid good engine performance reduced drag. Cold and dry out, excellent engine performance higher drag, less wing neede. Hot and humid more wing needed.

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