Hunter-Reay heads second Indy 500 practice
13 May 2014 – Ryan Hunter-Reay led the way on Tuesday in the second practice session for the Indianapolis 500.
The American, who is second in the championship, one point behind Will Power, set the standard with a best average lap speed of 225.025mph, while his Andretti Autosport team-mate, Marco Andretti was second. Andretti had been top early in the six-hour session with a best average lap speed of 224.037mph before Hunter-Reay's fast lap with a tow in the final 15 minutes under a cloudy sky. For the second consecutive day, the five Andretti Autosport drivers took turns touring the oval in packs.
"We got a lot of work done today, a lot for what we need for the race weekend. It's nice leading practice. It's a nice little consolation prize," said Hunter-Reay. "I wish it paid! I was out there pushing like it was paying. It was fun with my team-mates. That's the great thing about Andretti Autosport, we have five quick cars and we can all run together."
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves (223.635 mph) was third on the speed chart, while Justin Wilson (223.611) took fourth and Juan Pablo Montoya (223.395) was fifth.
"It was good to get out there and run a lot of laps today, which was important because we don't know what the weather will be like for tomorrow," said Montoya. "I will definitely sleep good tonight because that was a workout. I think the No. 2 Verizon Chevy showed good improvement from yesterday. We picked up some time, as did some other drivers. It's all part of the step-by-step process to get to where we need to be for the race. All in all I think things are going according to plan."
Reigning Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan, eleventh on the speed chart, logged a field-high 131 laps in his Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, with Jacques Villeneuve back in 21st, one spot ahead of Takuma Sato.
In total 30 of the 33 entries were on track.
Practice now continues today (May 13) from noon-6 pm (local time). Qualifications are May 17-18.