Gabby Chaves struck early during Thursday’s practice session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with his quickest lap of the day coming on just his third time around the legendary 2.5-mile oval.
The Dale Coyne Racing drivers time of 39.4804s was enough to see him end the day at the top of the time sheets, which, despite it meaning very little, made Chaves extremely happy, and proved that the team have good pace this month of May.
Chaves was only confirmed to race in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in place of Luca Filippi mere days before last weekend’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indy, and his pace around IMS proves that Dale Coyne Racing have appeared to make a good decision.
“It feels awesome to end the day P1 here,” revealed Chaves. “It doesn’t really mean anything but at the end of the day we showed that our car is strong and that we’re strong in traffic and we can definitely pass people.
“We have the speed to be up in first and that’s what we want to do. We want to know that the changes we’re making are giving us the results we want them to.
“We’re right on schedule with what we have as our program. We’ve focused mainly on traffic running and trying to get our car handling well around other cars and I think we’re really happy with that.
“Obviously our fast lap is with a tow but if you’re getting good lap times it’s because your car is handling well around traffic. I feel very confident with the car, with the team and the changes we’re making.
“I can’t complain. It’s never a bad day when you’re at the top of the time charts around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”