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Josef Newgarden fastest on the first day of the Indy 500 Open Test

Josef Newgarden was the fastest on a windy day of testing at the Indianapolis, which saw teams prepare for the Indianapolis 500 later next month.

He set a speed of 227.686 MPH to be the fastest on the first day of testing, with him being 0.0383mph than Conor Daly who finished a strong second for Ed Carpenter Racing.

Scott Dixon would round out the top three with him setting a speed of 226.788MPH, which was 0.1565 off of Newgraden.

With this being said Chip Ganassi Racing probably had the strongest test as they had three of their four cars sitting in the top ten, with Takuma Sato in the eleven-car setting a speed of 226.265mph and Alex Palou in eighth with a speed of 225.863 MPH.

Kyle Kirkwood continued his impressive form from the win at Long Beach, with him sitting fourth in the test with a speed of 226.727MPH, his teammate Colton Herta was in seventh with him a speed of 225.934MPH as he looks to remove his curse of misfortune at the circuit.

A driver that really stood out in the top ten for speed was Stefan Wilson who set a speed of 225.960MPH, which saw him into a decent fourth position for the Dryer Reinbold Racing with Cusick Motorsport 24 car.

Pato O’Ward for Arrow McLaren in ninth and Scott Mclaughlin for Penske in tenth would close out the top ten with O’Ward setting a speed of 225.553MPH and Mclaughlin setting a speed of 225.493MPH.

Marcus Ericsson would complete the most laps in the test with him lapping Indianapolis 120 times throughout the test.

All drivers that took part in the Rookie Orientation test passed meaning they are eligible to take part in the Indy 500 next month.

There were two drivers that had a scare with this though with Katherine Legge bringing out a yellow due to her car running out of fuel, and Agustin Canapino being frustratingly one lap short when yellows came out for rain stopping the session early, but he was still able to pass when the green came back out.

Legge would go on to slow down in a similar fashion right at the end of the day, with only 2 minutes to go in testing, with her crawling into the pitlane.

The person who struggled the most today was Callum Ilott, with him only completing ten laps in the test, and sitting last for the fastest laps around the circuit with him setting a speed of 212.269MPH.

His day got worse with 28 minutes to go in the test he pushed Renus Veekay into the pit wall when Illiot was leaving his pit stall.


The session today started an hour earlier and 30 minutes was added to the end of the test by IndyCar officials to accommodate for the time that may be lost because of the rain that is expected tomorrow.

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