Fast Friday Wrap-Up
The top two speeds were from the Chevy powered cars of Will Power and Josef Newgarden respectively. Power topped the charts at 232.672 mph. Newgarden was jus behind at 232.344. The surprise however was in the rest of the top-ten – they were all Honda. James Hinchcliffe led the Honda charge with the third fastest time of the day with a speed of 231.972 mph. the next four cars were all from Andretti Autosport. Carlos Muñoz, Townsend Bell, Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay made up positions 4-7.
Gabby Chaves continued his good run for Dale Coyne and had the eighth quickest time of the day at 231.136 mph. Mikhail Aleshin was ninth and the second Sam Schmidt car in the top-ten. Andretti Autosport’s rookie driver Alexander Rossi was tenth quickest. For good measure, Oriol Servia was the eleventh quickest, in anothe Sam Schmidt Honda-powered machine.
Would Chevy take the chance to sandbag all through a week of practice only to show their hand on Saturday? Well, they might if they were that confident in their abilities. But it seems like a big risk just to pull a surprise in qualifying.
I’ll admit, I have no idea what will happen tomorrow. I still think Chevy will win the pole and possibly sweep the front row. But I’ve got to admit, I’m starting to think Honda is for real. We’ll see what happens.
On the tenderloin front, I’m sorry to report that the usual stand that always sold the classic tenderloin is no longer selling them. Not only that, they seemed confused as to why everyone was asking about them. They had no clue what they even were. When I told them that a breaded tenderloin was an Indiana tradition; they explained that they were all from Florida. Seriously?? A group from Florida is in charge of concessions now? No wonder they had never heard of them.
People that go to New Orleans want creole cooking. That’s part of it. I wouldn’t go to New Orleans and eat at Red Lobster. People going to Indiana want authentic tenderloins, not these abominations served behind the Pagoda with Pepper Jack cheese and sliced carrots.
I did finally find a stand that sold one that was “decent” for $10. However, it was very pre-fab and perfectly round like a disc.
I’m afraid my days of eating tenderloin goodness at the track may be over. That saddens me. Oh well, enough of that soap box…for now.
That will do it for us today. Susan and I are going to try out Sarah Fisher’s 1911 Grill. Then I,m going to meet up with Paul Dalbey and go karting again. Susan hasn’t recuperated from last week’s episode when Paul punted her into the wall, so she’ll sit this one out. Check back tomorrow morning when we’ll be here all day for the first of two days of qualifying. The Chevy-Honda thing has suddenly gotten interesting.