Ryan Hunter-Reay set a best lap of more than 232mph during Fast Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but more importantly for the former Indy 500 champion, he was quickest of everyone without a tow.
The Andretti Autosport driver finished second overall behind Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais thanks to his lap of 232.132mph, but his no-tow lap of 231.273mph saw him edge clear of the field, which could bode well for a strong qualifying performance from the 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner.
Hunter-Reay admitted that it was a day living on the edge around IMS, and the team experimented with different set-ups in order to find the quickest way to get around the 2.5-mile oval, and he is now focused on having a strong weekend of qualifying in the #28 Honda-powered Chevrolet.
“Fast Friday was definitely fast,” insisted Hunter-Reay. “We had a good run today – found some things that worked and found some things that didn’t.
“It was definitely one of the most on-edge couple of days this whole year. It’s nice to be done with the day and we’re looking forward to tomorrow.
“Hopefully the weather cooperates and we can put this No. 28 DHL Honda at the front.”