Indy 500: Hondas running turned down in practice, says Power

Indianapolis 500 Tuesday practice pacesetter Will Power believes rival Honda teams were running with their engines turned down, allowing his Penske-Chevrolet team to lead the way

Indy 500: Hondas running turned down in practice, says Power

Power and team-mate Helio Castroneves topped the times on the second day of practice at Indy, as the only cars to post an average lap speed above 224mph.

"As a team, we did a lot of homework in the off-season for this race, and we tested here twice, so we're getting the most out of our package," said Power.

"I know Chevy is working really hard, and obviously you can see that our speeds are pretty good right now.

"The Hondas are turned down quite a bit, we can see that.

"But I feel like our alone [no-tow] speed is actually good compared to what they were running.

"We're working together with Chevy and everybody else so that we can keep up the good pace and move forward."

Power added that he expects a more accurate picture to emerge later in the week when teams start preparing for the weekend qualifying sessions.

"It's all to do with whether people want to practice qualifying," he said.

"That's when you start to see some bigger speeds, and we don't get the [extra qualifying] boost until Friday and probably won't practice qualifying until Thursday."

Castroneves said it was important for the Chevrolet teams not to focus on Honda's performance this week.

"We've just got to focus on our work," said the three-time Indy 500 winner. "We can only speculate.

"We can't keep talking about [Honda], we can only focus on our way, and Chevy - as Will touched on the subject - is working really hard.

"Maybe with 1.4-bar boost [as used in qualifying at IMS], it might be different; at this point, even we don't know.

"But we don't see as much of the difference [between engine manufacturers] as last year, where they were strong.

"If they are, we've just got to make sure we have a better car."

shares
comments
Fernando Alonso hails 'very positive' first Indianapolis pack laps
Previous article

Fernando Alonso hails 'very positive' first Indianapolis pack laps

Next article

Fernando Alonso not yet comfortable in Indy 500 practice

Fernando Alonso not yet comfortable in Indy 500 practice
Load comments
Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up? Plus

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up?

Despite appearing to have an IndyCar job for life with Meyer Shank Racing, Jack Harvey’s departure and move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate. However, Harvey's and RLL's combined strengths could prove to be a winning combination - if they get the balance right

IndyCar
Oct 17, 2021
Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win Plus

Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win

Saturday 16 October marks the 10th anniversary of Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500

IndyCar
Oct 16, 2021
Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting Plus

Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting

Kyle Kirkwood, the record-setting junior formula driver, sealed the Indy Lights championship last weekend. But despite an absurdly strong junior career and scholarship money, his next move is far from clear

IndyCar
Oct 6, 2021
Why IndyCar title glory is just the start for Ganassi's new star Plus

Why IndyCar title glory is just the start for Ganassi's new star

Newly-crowned IndyCar champion Alex Palou has been lauded as a complete driver and veteran-like in only his second season. The 24-year-old is still in the early days of his career, but the parallels are there for all to see with his six-time champion Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate who has been CGR's team leader since 2014

IndyCar
Sep 28, 2021
Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar Plus

Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar

One of motorsport’s worst-kept secrets is now out in the open, and Romain Grosjean has been confirmed as an Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver in 2022. It marks a remarkable turnaround after the abrupt end to his Formula 1 career, and is a firm indication of his commitment to challenge for the IndyCar Series title  

IndyCar
Sep 24, 2021
Why IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still far from over Plus

Why IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still far from over

OPINION: The 2021 IndyCar silly season has been one of the silliest for many years, as many talented drivers remain in play – with new pieces to the puzzle being added all the time. Here's what we know so far about who will end up where in 2022

IndyCar
Sep 15, 2021
Why IndyCar's generational shift isn't as stark as it appears Plus

Why IndyCar's generational shift isn't as stark as it appears

OPINION: The rise of two drivers racing only their second full-season IndyCar campaigns to head the points with four races to go has led to some observers doubting the credentials of the old guard. But they haven't faded away, there's merely a deeper talent pool that is helping to make this season one of the best in recent years

IndyCar
Aug 20, 2021
The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career Plus

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career

Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves

Formula 1
Jul 31, 2021