Indy 500 Daily Track Report – May 13
Both Mike Conway and Wade Cunningham saw track action today at Indy. Logging 58 laps in the No. 41 ecat/ABC Supply Honda, Cunningham ran twice as many laps as Conway who ran 28 laps in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda. Cunningham also completed the final phase of his rookie test at about 1:30pm this afternoon.
Conway’s top speed for the day was 215.725mph which was only slightly quicker than yesterday’s top speed in the No. 14. Cunningham participated in Happy Hour and posted a 216.657mph lap--his quickest lap to date.
Conway: “We didn’t really find any speed today but we got through quite a few changes which was good to feel what they do because it’s the first time we really explored some different areas. The ABC Supply car is better, it feels better every time we go out with the changes but we just have to find more speed. We looked for it at the end there but we went slower so we have to find out what’s going on with the rear of the car because we seem to be wearing the rear brakes and I’m sure that’s causing some drag. It could be part of it. We should be a bit quicker than we are. So we’ll explore that tonight and see what we find.”
Cunningham: “Today was productive. We struggled with rookie orientation last Thursday because we had a massive imbalance in the car which we looked at and found at the end of the day. I was a bit leery going in this morning, but from the outlap I could tell we had made improvements in the car, so I was comfortable straightaway. We had to go through the last phase of rookie orientation so we had to stay under 215. Then we started on the ecat/ABC Supply car for the day. It got hotter in the afternoon so I lost a bit of speed but we focused mostly on running by ourselves. Basically just trying to learn the car because we have no knowledge or background with the car so we’re doing basic mechanical changes and trying to find what the car needs. We weren’t setting the world on fire, we didn’t try but we made gains and I think we have a decent handle on what we need from the car and how it needs to be driven. It’s new for me and new for the team so a relatively happy day.”