Speedway, Indiana -- Will Power threw out the notion early this month that a four - lap average of 230 miles per hour in qualifications May 17 th and 18 th for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race was approachable with favorable conditions.
Ed Carpenter’s lap of 230.522 miles per hour less than 12 minutes into the “Fast Friday” session on the 2.5 - mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval gave credence to the Team Penske driver’s hypothesis. Carpenter’s calling card was the fastest lap speed in practice since 2003 by Scott Dixon, who laid down a 233 mile per hour - plus lap on Pole Day morning. Helio Castroneves led a group of six other drivers running at better than 229 miles per hour.
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