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August 12 – Indy 500 Practice Day 1

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SPEEDWAY, Ind. (August 12, 2020) – Indy 500 Practice Daily Report

Position Driver Fast Lap Total Laps
1 James Hinchcliffe 224.526 mph 80
9 Conor Daly 223.020 mph 80
16 Rinus VeeKay 222.061 mph 76
20 Ed Carpenter 221.813 mph 102

ED CARPENTER, No. 20 U.S. Space Force Chevrolet:It was an interesting day, I wouldn’t say that it was the day I’ve dreamed of! We have a lot to learn about this car here at this track with the aeroscreen on. It’s really changed the dynamic. It’s very, very difficult in traffic but it seemed like everyone was struggling. It’s always this way the first day, you have to figure out what you need to improve on and go from there. I can’t say we found all the answers today but I’m ready to get the U.S. Space Force Chevrolet back out there tomorrow!”

RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 SONAX/Autogeek Chevrolet: I had a really good first day! I built it up slowly, but we had a lot of time. Especially on my own, the SONAX Chevrolet is amazing. We needed to do some work in traffic, but we made some really good steps and I’m very confident for the coming days. We’re heading in a good direction with a really strong car and a really strong team!”

CONOR DALY, No. 47 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet: “Obviously, Cole (Pearn, engineer) and I had a lot to learn today, so it was good to get a full day under our belt with the U.S. Air Force Chevy. We ran a lot of laps, right up until the checkered flag which was my goal so I can get used to this car. It definitely has a different feel to what I’ve had in the past, but that’s always the case when I jump in a car for the first time! I think it was a good day. We went through a lot of thing that we wanted to and I think we have a decent amount of speed. We just have to see making it faster and faster, one day at a time!”

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