Drivers expect times to tumble even more in Edmonton's IndyCar event

IndyCar drivers believe that laptimes will continue to tumble at Edmonton this weekend after the field lopped a full two seconds off last year's pole time during the opening day of practice

Drivers expect times to tumble even more in Edmonton's IndyCar event

Takuma Sato took pole position last year with a lap of 1m18.5165s, however Simon Pagenaud was able to post a 1m16.5391s in Friday's opening session, and Ganassi's Scott Dixon improved that to 1m16.4920s in the afternoon.

The New Zealander said that he expected the times to fall significantly further as the weekend progresses due to the new car and tyres.

"The car has been a second or two quicker on the first day at a lot of places already, and the [street] tyre makes a big difference as well," he said.

"You saw that in Indy Lights; they got a street tyre there and they've improved their times quite a bit. But the last year first session was something like a 1m19s, and we're already into the 1m16s.

"I think it's going to be five or six seconds quicker. I think we'll definitely dip into the 1m15s."

Penske driver Helio Castroneves pointed to the effects of running turbo engines at a relatively high altitude - Edmonton is almost 2200 feet above sea level - as another factor.

"I think the turbos are improving [the times] because of the altitude," he said. "And the tyres are making a big difference - there is a lot more grip. And the car feels a lot better in the high-speed corners.

"I think you're going to see a lot of people waste their push-to-pass right away [in the race]."

shares
comments
Castroneves aims to "go on a run for the title" with strong Edmonton result

Previous article

Castroneves aims to "go on a run for the title" with strong Edmonton result

Next article

Dario Franchitti leads Ganassi one-two in tight final Edmonton IndyCar practice

Dario Franchitti leads Ganassi one-two in tight final Edmonton IndyCar practice
Load comments

About this article

Series IndyCar
Author Mark Glendenning
Can Penske redress the balance in IndyCar's battle of the titans? Plus

Can Penske redress the balance in IndyCar's battle of the titans?

IndyCar's gold standard teams Ganassi and Penske are set for another slugfest beginning this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. A poor start to the first season with the new aeroscreen left Josef Newgarden with too much ground to make up on Scott Dixon in the title chase, but his strong end to 2020 suggests a battle royale lies ahead...

IndyCar
Apr 16, 2021
The six major IndyCar subplots to follow in 2021 Plus

The six major IndyCar subplots to follow in 2021

From rookies arriving with big reputations to veterans who still have the fire and an F1-linked squad pushing to join the big leagues, IndyCar has it all this year. Here are six of the key storylines to keep track of

IndyCar
Apr 15, 2021
The Indycar season that proves Michael Andretti is better than F1 showed Plus

The Indycar season that proves Michael Andretti is better than F1 showed

Often unfairly characterised as a car-breaker, judged for his lack of an Indianapolis 500 win and a disappointing part-season of Formula 1 in 1993, Michael Andretti was highly respected by his rivals and only thwarted greater success by ill-fortune. When it all came together in 1991, he was a truly formidable force

IndyCar
Mar 6, 2021
How McLaren is striving towards IndyCar's elite Plus

How McLaren is striving towards IndyCar's elite

The second year of McLaren's full-time IndyCar return is looming, with Patricio O'Ward and Felix Rosenqvist leading its line-up. Strong team personnel and work behind the scenes means that 2021 could be the year it joins the established elite

IndyCar
Feb 21, 2021
The enigmatic legacy of a misunderstood Indy stalwart Plus

The enigmatic legacy of a misunderstood Indy stalwart

Flashes of brilliance amid spells of obscurity have been too common for Marco Andretti. While the third-generation racer has opted to bring his full-time IndyCar career to a close, his peaks and troughs have never been for want of trying

IndyCar
Jan 20, 2021
Why American racing's top dog is without equal Plus

Why American racing's top dog is without equal

A byword for success in business and in motorsport for over 50 years, Roger Penske's importance to the US scene cannot be understated. In an exclusive interview, the custodian of the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway reflects on his journey

IndyCar
Jan 11, 2021
The McLaren that rendered its Indy rivals obsolete Plus

The McLaren that rendered its Indy rivals obsolete

When founder Bruce McLaren died in June 1970, his team could have folded. Instead, his loyal band rallied to produce a string of winners - including an Indycar game-changer that won its third Indianapolis 500 five years after its debut

IndyCar
Dec 22, 2020
Why Newgarden's best IndyCar season yet wasn't enough Plus

Why Newgarden's best IndyCar season yet wasn't enough

Josef Newgarden feels he didn't put a foot wrong in 2020, yet his finest season-long run of performances failed to yield a third series championship. But in a warning shot to Scott Dixon, Team Penske's team leader has vowed to redouble his efforts in 2021

IndyCar
Dec 21, 2020