Fast Friday Wrap-Up
Well, Fast Friday ended up being uneventful, and I don’t mind that. There was a stiff breeze for most of the day and that probably held the speeds down. Fortunately, the cars were held down also. For the first time since Tuesday, no cars went airborne today. In fact, there were no incidents at all. There were six yellows the entire day – all for track inspection.
Simon Pagenaud was quickest at 230.698 mph. Scott Dixon was second quick at 230.655. Altogether, there were six cars over 230 mph. Tony Kanaan was third and marco Andretti was the fastest Honda of the day at 230.312. Will Power was fifth, followed by Sage Karam, Gabby Chaves Helio Castroneves, Takuma Sato and Juan Montoya rounding out the Top-Ten. Altogether, there were three Hondas in the Top-Ten.
Pippa Mann came out at the very end of the day and ran a total of four laps, with a best of 225.457.They were her first laps in the car since her violent crash on Wednesday afternoon. Buddy Lazier ran a total of eight laps and was thrity-fourth quickest at 216.103.
The entire Lazier program seems derailed this year. I happened to see Buddy Lazier in the garage area this morning. A fan asked him for an autograph. Rather than taking five seconds to sign it, he spent about sixty seconds explaining to the fan that if he signed his, a crowd would gather and then he would be signing a bunch of them. It seems to me that a driver of his age that has been struggling to be relevant, would be happy that fans would still want his autograph. Granted, he is an Indianapolis 500 winner, but his win was almost twenty years ago. I won’t pretend to know what was going on with Buddy at the time, but it seems to me that he could have created a lot more good will by taking five seconds to sign the autograph, rather than taking ten times longer to go off on his diatribe…but what do I know?
Anyway, it was a fun day at the track. The breeze that kept the speeds down, felt good with the heat. I think it ended up getting to around 85-degrees today. It is supposed to be cloudy and around 77 tomorrow. If the winds die down, that could mean a significant increase in speed. But I still maintain that the pole speed will be in the 232 range. We’ll see. Qualifying will be interesting.
We plan on being at the track early tomorrow. Please check in early and often. Thanks for following along today.