Takuma Sato, Colton Herta Dominate Wet IndyCar Testing Day At IMS
SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- A four hour rain delay didn't stop former Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato from getting work done in open testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Wednesday.
The Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan Racing driver turned a top overall speed of 226.993 mph. He also at had the top "no tow" speed of the day at 222.818.
A "no tow" speed refers to the pure speed of a car during a lap in which a driver does not have another car within 8-seconds in front of them. It's the speed most comparable to a qualifying speed.
Sato said they could have done without the rain.
"I think it was a fast day," Sato said. "We just shook down the car today. With the rain I'd say we accomplished about 50-percent of what we set out to do."
Ed Carpenter, last year's pole sitter, was second fastest overall at 226.414.
"We didn't get everything done that we wanted to, but it was a good day," Carpenter said. "I'm not expecting a whole lot of changes in our set up from last year."
Colton Herta was the fastest rookie of the day with a top speed of 226.108. He also completed his rookie orientation.
Fernando Alonso overcame some engine trouble in the early portion of the rookie refresher session and got some laps in. He completed the first phase of the veteran's refresher. But, rain cut his session short. He will have to finish the second and third phases when they return for practice in mid-May.
Regular series drivers will now shift their focus to the IndyCar Grand Prix set for May 11th. Indianapolis 500 practice resumes the week after the GP.
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