Ed Carpenter: “I wish we could have had a race sim with traffic”

Ed Carpenter wanted to do a race simulation on Wednesday but strong winds denied him the opportunity - Credit: Chris Owens / IndyCar

Ed Carpenter finished the third day of practice around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the fastest time, but the American rued the decision of many drivers not to take to the track.

The Ed Carpenter Racing driver was hoping to get a race simulation in, complete with traffic, but was forced to forego that as the windy conditions saw only twenty-one cars take to the track, with only fourteen doing relatively fast laps.

Carpenter is now hoping that they can do the race simulation during Thursday running, even though the wind is expected to be as strong, but he does not expect drivers to sit out running at Indianapolis for two consecutive days.

“The wind was definitely the theme of the day,” said Carpenter. “I was a little bummed that it kept more people from running, just to get some traffic running in.

“We just stuck to our program today, minus the race sim part. We got some good test items in earlier in the day and got used to the wind, got the car balanced in the wind, and then we tried a trim step to feel the car in these conditions should qualifying or race day be similar in terms of weather.

“It was a productive day. I wish we could have had a race sim with traffic, but hopefully we’ll get it done tomorrow, despite a similar forecast. I can’t imagine most guys will take two days off.”