Marco Andretti and Andretti Autosport lead first practice for Indianapolis 500


Marco Andretti goes over some data in his pit after clocking the fastest speed on day one of practice for the 2016 Indianapolis 500 (WTTV, May 16, 2016)

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Marco Andretti topped the speed charts and led an Andretti Autosport sweep of the top four spots overall at the first day of Indianapolis 500 practice, Monday afternoon.

“As far as our team, we sort of accelerated our program looking at the weather,” said Andretti after the session wrapped up. “We brought stuff from the end of the week forward, which I think is why we look pretty stout right now. By the end of the week, we’ll know how things really shake out.”

Andretti clocked a speed of 228.978 mph, narrowly edging teammate Carlos Munoz’s best of 228.945 mph. 2014 Indy 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay was the last driver to top 228 at 228.033 mph.

“Good day,” said Hunter-Reay. “I think we had a good run in traffic. I think the No. 28 DHL Honda was one of the best cars in traffic, if not the best out there. I was pretty happy with it. This is about as good of conditions as it’s going to get and we need to be prepared for worse conditions and for when the full field settles in.”

Alexander Rossi was the top rookie in the field, coming in fourth with a speed of 226.865 mph. The first non-Andretti Autosport driver was Chip Ganassi’s Scott Dixon in fifth place at 226.835 mph. Andretti’s final entry, Townsend Bell, came in sixth at 226.724 mph.

“It’s practice one,” continued Andretti. “It’s not the 200th lap of the Indy 500, but it’s a start. I think this team has done a great job. We’re really focused on this race. It’s a bit of a statement, but I know how this month goes. It’s a roller coaster, but we’re ready for it.”

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