Harvey closes out the day P1 on the no tow charts
Indianapolis, Ind. (20 May 2021) – Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) continues to click off the laps and run through the check list through the Indianapolis 500 practice days. With a focus on a big race day result, the team is looking to make progress on that goal with strong runs in qualifying (Saturday, May 22) from MSR drivers Jack Harvey and Helio Castroneves.
The team made more progress on Thursday with significant gains on the 2.5-mile oval during the six hours of practice on Thursday ahead of Friday’s increased boost practice.
Harvey got off to a quick start as the team began to test qualify simulations during the initial hours of the day. After just the second simulation Harvey brought the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda up to a speed of 222.091 mph which put him P1 on the speed charts for no tow times.
Harvey held that top spot through the remainder of the day.
Top Speed: 223.116 mph
No Tow Speed: 222.090 mph
Total Laps: 91
Clicking off practice laps on his hunt to win his fourth Indianapolis 500, Castroneves turned 114 laps over the course of the afternoon. Castroneves ultimately ended the day with a top lap speed of 224.393 which put him seventh on the time sheets.
Top Speed: 224.393 mph
No Tow Speed: 220.376 mph
Total Laps: 114
Jack Harvey: “I thought that the first qualifying run that we did looked decent and then it was a little bit better on the second one that we did, which was an encouraging sign. I think the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda is looking pretty fast on its own. We have some work to do on our race car now and we’ll wait and see what we can do tomorrow.”
Helio Castroneves: “Today was another great day for the team. We really focused on getting the car dialed in. We got some qualifying runs in today and then worked on the car in a draft a bit as well. I think we have a strong car. Tomorrow will be where we see where everyone stands, but for now we’ll take in today and then go for it again tomorrow.”