Marco Andretti is once again zipping around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway faster than everyone else on the sixth day of practice at the famed oval. In fact, three of the top five speeds Thursday belong to Andretti Autosports.
Andretti turned a lap pf 224.882mph on a day that saw the month's first crash. 21-year old rookie Conor Daly got loose and slammed into the Turn One wall. Daly, who drives for AJ Foyt Racing and is from Noblesville, was not hurt and has been cleared to drive.
Andretti's teammate, defending Izod Indy Car Series Champ Ryan Hunter-Reay was second fastest with a quick lap of 224.300mph. Panther Racing's JR Hildebrand, who has been fast all week, clocked a 224.075 mph lap making him third fastest.
Rookie AJ Allmendinger, driving for Penske Racing turned a lap of 223.378 making him fourth fastest. Allmendinger is trying to make a comeback after NASCAR temporarily suspended him last year for failing a drug test.
Another Andretti Autosports driver, E.J. Viso was fifth fastest Thursday turning a lap of 223.253mph.
Friday is the final day of practice before Saturday's run for the Pole for the 97th Indianapolis 500.
Speeds are expected to take a jump on Fast Friday, when the cars are given a turbo boost for qualifying weekend. There is talk of a possible lap at 230 miles an hour. That extra horsepower is only available for qualifying weekend to avoid stress on the engines.
Also, there is a new Triple Crown trophy up for grabs this season in IndyCar. The big prize sponsored by Fuzzy's Vodka is $1 million for a driver who wins the Indy 500, Pocono and Fontana, which are all super-speedway ovals. Four-time Indy 500 winner Rick Mears says to win the Triple Crown would be a tremendous feat for any driver.
Not just looking for speed today but also looking for the first laps this week is 1996 Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier. His family put together a ride for Indy, but they have limited miles on their engine program.