May 23 – Indy 500 Practice


SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 23, 2016) – Indy 500 Practice Daily Report

Position Driver Fast Lap Total Laps
1 Josef Newgarden 227.414 mph 111
8 J.R. Hildebrand 225.414 mph 108
11 Ed Carpenter 225.017 mph 92


JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 21 PREFERRED FREEZER SERVICES CHEVROLET: “With the heat today, conditions were difficult with trying to figure out the car, but the good thing is we dealt with conditions similar to what I think we will see on race day and that’s really all you can hope for with practice. I think everyone was battling with it today, trying to figure it out, but I feel confident. We have a pretty strong package with Chevy and our ECR team and we’ll try and put the Preferred Freezer car in victory lane on Sunday.” 

JR HILDEBRAND, NO. 6 PREFERRED FREEZER SERVICES CHEVROLET: “It was nice to get a good day of practice here. After qualifying, you are totally dedicated to working on the race setup. It is going to be tough. I think it is going to be hotter on race day than it is here today, so that makes it tough to figure out who uses the right downforce and such, at least for the start of the race. That was a lot of what we worked on today. We worked on identifying where we want to be at in the beginning and what we think we can go to under varying circumstances. I feel like we made good progress here and all three of us ECR drivers are starting to hone in on what we need. There is some work still to do to make sure we really optimize what everyone has been up to, but I still feel pretty good about where we ended up today.”

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET: “Practice was pretty good. I’m happy with the way the car feels. The track got pretty hot today, so it was a really good day to do race running because the conditions were challenging. It is really hard to gauge how far above average we are with everyone else because it got so hard for a lot of people. Overall, I think we’re in pretty good shape. The hard part is just going to be managing the early part of the race. It is definitely hard when you are deep in a pack, so I’m just going to have to be smart to get through that early and get up to the front a little cleaner where it gets better with less cars in front of you.”