After weather caused issues that canceled practice and qualifying at Pocono Raceway, the NTT IndyCar Series held a two-hour practice session which saw A.J. Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan run a fast lap of 216.354 MPH (41.5984 seconds) around the 2.5-mile track.
Scott Dixon, Santino Ferrucci, Alexander Rossi and Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top five. Dixon, Rossi and Pagenaud will start up front tomorrow due to entrant points and are showing the outright speed to compete for victory over 500 miles.
A total of 1504 laps were run across the 22 competitors with a gap of six tenths of a second from Kanaan to Ed Carpenter who brought up the rear. Surprisingly, series points leader Josef Newgarden and two-time Pocono winner Will Power were buried in 17th and 20th places, respectively.
Throughout practice, the talk was all three Penske cars were running different wicker setups which may have led to the disparity between the cars. Regardless, the Penske cars were certainly fast at Indianapolis, and Newgarden won at Texas, which are the only two big ovals the series runs outside of Pocono.
Kanaan spoke about the difference fresh tires would make along with in and out laps during his media availability. The veteran also felt that running in traffic and being able to pass will be a process of patience for all the drivers.
Ferrucci has been a revelation on ovals in his rookie season and was one of the only people who tested the PJ1/Tire Dragon area in Turn One. Ferrucci, along with a few other drivers like Rossi, have been known to experiment to find a different line but that area is probably a question mark outside of starts and restarts.
The focus now goes to the race tomorrow afternoon. Keep it here on Open-Wheels.com and the social media channels to keep up with the events at The Tricky Triangle.
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