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DATE News (chronologically)
05/24/13
IRL
Pagenaud fastest on Carb Day at Indy
The fastest car in final practice, the No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Dallara driven by Simon Pagenaud, was powered by a Honda engine. Chevrolet engines power the first 11 cars in the starting lineup Sunday.

Results
Rank Car Driver Engine Time Speed Diff Gap Laps
1 77 Pagenaud, Simon Honda 00:39.8536 225.827 --.--- ---.---- 41
2 5 Viso, EJ Chevy 00:39.9461 225.304 0.0925 0.0925 38
3 1 Hunter-Reay, Ryan Chevy 00:39.9906 225.053 0.1370 0.0445 46
4 9 Dixon, Scott Honda 00:40.0232 224.870 0.1696 0.0326 51
5 7 Bourdais, Sebastien Chevy 00:40.0270 224.848 0.1734 0.0038 52
6 10 Franchitti, Dario Honda 00:40.0556 224.688 0.2020 0.0286 50
7 16 Jakes, James Honda 00:40.0674 224.622 0.2138 0.0118 39
8 81 Legge, Katherine Honda 00:40.1053 224.409 0.2517 0.0379 48
9 25 Andretti, Marco Chevy 00:40.1261 224.293 0.2725 0.0208 37
10 98 Tagliani, Alex Honda 00:40.1371 224.231 0.2835 0.0110 43
11 11 Kanaan, Tony Chevy 00:40.1420 224.204 0.2884 0.0049 15
12 19 Wilson, Justin Honda 00:40.1585 224.112 0.3049 0.0165 51
13 2 Allmendinger, AJ(R) Chevy 00:40.1595 224.106 0.3059 0.0010 38
14 27 Hinchcliffe, James Chevy 00:40.1654 224.073 0.3118 0.0059 37
15 12 Power, Will Chevy 00:40.1702 224.047 0.3166 0.0048 47
16 21 Newgarden, Josef Honda 00:40.2119 223.814 0.3583 0.0417 41
17 20 Carpenter, Ed Chevy 00:40.2155 223.794 0.3619 0.0036 18
18 22 Servia, Oriol Chevy 00:40.2196 223.771 0.3660 0.0041 48
19 14 Sato, Takuma Honda 00:40.2258 223.737 0.3722 0.0062 39
20 83 Kimball, Charlie Honda 00:40.2385 223.666 0.3849 0.0127 43
21 4 Hildebrand, JR Chevy 00:40.2561 223.569 0.4025 0.0176 45
22 8 Briscoe, Ryan Honda 00:40.2596 223.549 0.4060 0.0035 38
23 15 Rahal, Graham Honda 00:40.3033 223.307 0.4497 0.0437 40
24 55 Vautier, Tristan(R) Honda 00:40.3087 223.277 0.4551 0.0054 35
25 6 Saavedra, Sebastian Chevy 00:40.3088 223.276 0.4552 0.0001 46
26 60 Bell, Townsend Chevy 00:40.3719 222.927 0.5183 0.0631 38
27 78 DeSilvestro, Simona Chevy 00:40.3754 222.908 0.5218 0.0035 40
28 3 Castroneves, Helio Chevy 00:40.5358 222.026 0.6822 0.1604 49
29 41 Daly, Conor(R) Honda 00:40.5821 221.773 0.7285 0.0463 51
30 26 Munoz, Carlos(R) Chevy 00:40.5892 221.734 0.7356 0.0071 30
31 18 Beatriz, Ana Honda 00:40.7635 220.786 0.9099 0.1743 31
32 91 Lazier, Buddy Chevy 00:41.0645 219.167 1.2109 0.3010 34
33 63 Mann, Pippa Honda 01:00.3596 149.106 20.5060 19.2951 6

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 1 DHL Chevrolet): “It was a good session. We tried quite a few different things in a short amount of time. I think some of the biggest observations was that it was cold, so the car handled a bit different; different wind direction than what we’ve been used to most of the week. The Hondas turned up the power, which we were expecting. It’s going to be a pretty hard-fought race. It’s Carb Day. It was a warm-up. It doesn’t really mean anything. You get a feeling for what your car does, and that’s about what it’s good for. We see some people out there running more trim than they will be on Sunday and some that are running a little bit heavier than they will on Sunday. You don’t really have an idea of where you stand. This stuff is just how big a tow you’ve got. It doesn’t really mean anything.” (What do you anticipate Sunday?): “I expect surprises. We had surprises last year with (Takuma) Sato contending for the win. I think, just seeing how that Carb Day ran and how tight everybody was, anybody could be up front. If you have a good day with no real issues in the pits and you keep dialing on your car a little bit, I think we could have any combination of 15 drivers up there challenging for the win. It’s good news because it’s going to be a heck of a show. I certainly think that any of the Andretti Autosport cars have a shot at winning. But you have to put the whole day together. It’s not just about the car that has the best balance and is fastest on the charts. You have to have the right pit stops. You have to have the entire picture come together to win the Indy 500.”

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka/Ed Carpenter Chevrolet Racing): “We were going to run 20 to 25 laps today. But the car felt good, so we did a couple of pit stops and parked the Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet after 18 laps. It would have been fun to go out and play longer, but it isn’t necessary. The smart thing to do is just put the car away and prepare for Sunday. We will continue to go with our plan right now. It worked last week for us. We ran race setup all week until Friday when we trimmed out the car for qualifying. I feel we have a fast car today. We think conditions will be similar on Sunday, too. This week has been pretty crazy but fun. We had 16 appearances Thursday, so it was busy. But you have to enjoy it. You never know when this situation will happen again. I feel super-confident that we have the tools and the team to win this race. We won the last 500-miler in Fontana, so we know we can do it. We just have to execute and go with the game plan. It’s easy to get excited with this kind of car. I just need to remain calm and be ready to run a strong race.”

TAKUMA SATO (No. 14 ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing Honda): “It’s important to feel the car in traffic today because it is our final practice before the race. It was very cool today, which makes the car a lot faster. All felt positive, but we need to tune it up a little bit—massage it. The ABC Supply car is in the region, but it’s not quite there yet. Felt quite a few positives, so that was really good, and I feel we have a strong car for the race. But we need to go through it and improve on the last bits.”

CONOR DALY (No. 41 ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing Honda): “Practice was good. We have a lot to work on still, but it was good to get back out there and get more comfortable running in traffic. The pit stops are all new to me. I feel comfortable with the guys and feel that we looked pretty good out there. I just have to get used to hitting my marks and entering pit lane a little bit slower. We have to work hard at getting in and out quickly. Overall, it was just nice to get in and keep working. Now let's go race.”

LARRY FOYT (Managing director, A.J. Foyt Enterprises): (About problem with Takuma Sato’s car at start of practice): “We had an oil leak, which was unfortunate, and we wanted to make sure the problem was fixed and that there was no oil that could get on the racetrack or on other parts of the car. We were just being really careful, which is why we kept coming in and out of the pits and taking everything off to make sure everything was clean and dry because there was no reason to risk anything today.”

E.J. VISO (No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA Citgo Chevrolet): “It’s been very refreshing working with this team. It’s nice. Every time you go to the track, they give you a fast car. There’s a great teamwork that we all have – between the drivers, the team itself, the engineers. People ask me: ‘What is the biggest difference being on that team? Is it that the cars are very good?’ And I say: ‘Yeah, of course the cars are really good, but that’s not biggest difference. The biggest difference is teamwork,’ and we see the result out there. Today was a good day. Last Sunday, my other four teammates were fast. I was not too happy with my race car. We made some changes, and I didn’t like them. So today we pretty much went back and put back on our basics, and we’re happy. We did plenty of pit stops, we ran in traffic, I ran on my own, and the car responded very nice.”

KATHERINE LEGGE (No. 81 Angie’s List Schmidt Peterson Pelfrey Honda): "I'm just really fortunate that Schmidt Peterson Motorsport gave me a brilliant Angie's List car. They made my life easy. It's been a dream. Jumping in that and it's fast, and I'm super-happy with the car. It's awesome. From the get-go, I could run right up behind people and not have an issue, which a lot of people can't do right now. So assuming the weather in Indiana stays the same for five minutes, then we're going to have a good day Sunday.”

ORIOL SERVIA (No. 22 Panther DRR Chevrolet): "I feel good. We need to do the job we did today one more day. I wanted to scan different downforce levels, and we did. I am very happy. We are as good as we can be to start this little race that we want to win on Sunday.”

TRISTAN VAUTIER (No. 55 Lucas Oil/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “Practice was difficult for the first 45 minutes; we struggled a bit. The car was too low, but we were able to find some good things in the last run and will have to find more speed for the race.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda): “I think the final practice today was really good. We made improvements, not only to the car but to pit stops and racecraft. Through the course of the week, we looked at some data and have a good foundation of what we need to do come Race Day on Sunday. Obviously, we’ll look through the data and maybe make a few small changes, but I’m really confident in the guys and in the race car. I think we’ll be in really good shape. We have the pit stop competition this afternoon, and I have the upmost confidence in the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen car crew.”

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 8 NTT DATA Honda): “We were making a lot of changes in the final practice today. I finished feeling really strong with the last change we made to our dampers. It was really good, so I’m very happy with the way the car was feeling. We were actually on a huge lap, coming to the checkered flag before the engine went. But looking at the bright side of things, it’s better to happen now than the first couple laps of the race. So maybe we’ll be really lucky and be able to put in a fresh engine without a penalty for the start of the race. It looks like the cars are running strong, so I’m feeling good for the race.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 21 Sarah Fisher Hartman/Century 21 Honda): “It felt great. That's what this session was all about is getting back in the rhythm of things and feeling comfortable with what we're going to do in the race, and I think we absolutely achieved that. So I'm excited for Sunday.”

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 Midas/Big O Tires Honda): “The Midas/Big O Tires car feels pretty good. I’m pleased with where we’re at, handling wise. In traffic, it felt pretty comfortable. We will keep working at it. I don’t think we’re far off at all. Now it’s just a matter of going racing in the biggest race of the year.”

JAMES JAKES (No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts Honda): “We’ve got a great car. The Acorn Stairlifts car has been good all through the latter part of the testing week here, and we’re excited about the race. I’d be happy to go out and race right now, to be honest. We’ll see what happens on Race Day. The Honda guys have been back in the shop last week working very hard. We’ve worked hard since we got here, and now there are no more setup changes needed. We knew that going in. We may make a slight adjustment here and there, but nothing big.”

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda): “The car is really good in race trim. We are really happy with the way it used up the tires, the way it goes through its stints. Honda has done a lot of work before qualifying and after qualifying, and Honda’s racing mentality is to go racing and that’s exactly what they’re doing. They provided us with an engine that is clearly a lot better, so it's a good sign for the race. The car is up there. It's good for HP, and it's good for Honda. I'm really happy for my guys. For them, it's great to go into a race with such a positive note. The goal was obviously to do an out and in just to check that everything was running normally. Then afterward everyone pretty much practiced pit stops, get the guys up to speed, stretching them a little bit. And then it was good for us to get our marks. When you are going 230 mph and all of a sudden you have to go into pit lane, it's actually difficult when you put it into pit lane with the car that speed, so it's important to get into a routine for Sunday.”

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