If the presence of gusts of wind had conditioned, in part, achieved speeds in the free of yesterday, this Wednesday Indianapolis has experienced some high wind conditions that have limited greatly the filming of the teams in the first three hours of free. Only 21 drivers have gone off the path at some point in time, 7 of them only to do installation laps, and only the first 8, more Jack Harvey completed a number of laps minimally significant.
The wind has reached speeds of over 100 kilometres per hour, something which especially affects the IndyCar due to the poor aerodynamics that is used in ovals, so the teams chose to stay in garages or roll with a lot of caution. The only ones that have exceeded 220 miles per hour have been the drivers of Ed Carpenter Racing, in addition to the new zealander Scott Dixon. Ed Carpenter he finished the day as the fastest with a best average of 222.894 miles per hour (40.378 seconds), obtained without rebufos. Dixon, who rolled in particular in the second half of the session, was the first to overcome the 222 miles per hour today, staying in a 222.599.
The Spanish pilots were virtually unpublished during great part of the day. Fernando Alonso not appeared by the pits until 20:30, do not hit the track until the fourth hour and only rolled with some regularity in the last, where he made several short runs. Here he earned his best time, an average of 219.533 mph that left him in fourth position, a position somewhat misleading given that only 9 riders completed 12 laps in all day. For his part, Oriol Servià has limited his activity throughout the day to six installation laps, all of them are at a very low speed. In fact, the Catalan driver also starred in an indirect way one of the anecdotes of the day, when the pole that marks your position in the pit lane is doubled up in the first hour due to the intense wind.
How windy is it? The pole here in Servia’s pit box just snapped in half. Fortunately no one was struck. #Indy500 pic.twitter.com/FQg339WVgS
— Chad Smith (@Chad200) may 17, 2017
The conditions led to that Penske, the strongest team to date, along with Carpenter, prefers to be absent mostly, with the exception of 11 spins, Josef Newgarden, in addition to Andretti in that only Alonso and Harvey went up from the spins of installation. One day, in general, of which it can be drawn very few conclusions. Morning are expected to more conducive conditions, and speeds much higher to prepare for the increase in pressure of the turbo that will occur from the Fast Friday.
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