IndyCar has moved back the time for the Green Flag of Saturday night’s IZOD IndyCar MAVTV 500 race at Auto Club Speedway. Due to concerns about the sun’s glare on the drivers coming out of Turn Two, the time was changed from 5:50pm to 6:10pm PT/8:50pm to 9:20pm ET. The race track sits lower and has a different angle from the street or ground level of the track, so short of actually being in a race car during those times, it’s difficult to demonstrate the difference. But you get the idea.
MARCO ANDRETTI/No.25 Andretti Autosport Chevrolet was the fastest IndyCar driver in the Night Practice, leading almost the entire half hour. His fastest lap was 213.020 mph/.32.9135 seconds on the two-mile oval track
Second through fifth were HELIO CASTRONEVES/No.3 Team Penske Chevrolet, TONY KANAAN/No.11 KVSH Racing Chevrolet, WILL POWER/No.12 Team Penske Chevrolet, and SCOTT DIXON/No.9 Target Chip Ganassi Honda.
All 25 drivers were on track. The AJ Foyt Enterprise crew beavered away to replace the back end of the No.14 Honda wrecked by TAKUMA SATO in the morning practice. The car is now half prime and half backup car. Sato was twenty-first on the Trylon.
Rookie TRISTAN VAUTIER/No.55 Schmidt Peterson Motors Honda only turned one slow lap and pitted, reason as of yet unknown.
ORIOL SERVIA/No.4 Panther Racing Chevrolet was the fastest of the not-quite-so-regular IndyCar drivers, in tenth position. Others were AJ ALLMENDINGER/No.2 Team Penske Chevrolet in P12, JR HILDEBRAND in No.98 Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb Agajanian Honda in P15, PIPPA MANN/No.18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda – P20, and CARLOS MUNOZ in No.5 Andretti Autosport Chevrolet-P24. Munoz had jumped into the IndyCar straight after his Firestone Indy Lights practice, where he was third fastest after 41 laps on the track.
Indy Lights Pole Sitter, Rookie ZACK VEACH/No.12 Andretti Autosport was fastest in the final practice at 188.937 mph/.38.1079 seconds. He was followed by Rookie GABBY CHAVES/No.7 Schmidt Peterson c/w Curb-Agajanian.
Seen in the pits for Night Practice was sometime IndyCar driver, ANA BEATRIZ, and former IndyCar driver/current Stadium Truck Series promoter-driver, ROBBY GORDON.