Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 9/23/14
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The speeds on Pole Day will set spots 1-24 for the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Those qualifying speeds should be the highest we’ve seen since 2006. All week cars practiced between the 220-224 mph bracket besides a few who hit in the high 224′s low 225′s with a tow. Those were under race trim though. On Fast Friday the teams were given 10 more kPA which equates to 50 more horsepower. That rose speeds a good 4-5 mph as we saw E.J. Viso become the quickest driver of the week at 229.537 mph. I’d expect tomorrow morning on Pole Day to see speeds reach the 230′s as everyone will try and go out for one more mock qualifying run. The problem is it will take a tow to get to the 230s as the more realistic pole speed will be in the 227-228 mph range. Today we saw Will Power set the actual quick time as he was at 228.104 mph without a tow. That could rise a little bit on Pole Day but I suspect not by much. I would say the most the pole speed could be for this year’s 500 would be in the 228.8 range. That’s not bad considering last year’s pole by Ryan Briscoe was a four-lap average of 226.484 mph. That’s a two mph increase in year two of the new car. That’s pretty good. With speeds being around that range the previous six years we could see speeds rival Sam Hornish Jr’s pole speed of 228.985 mph in 2006. If they top that four-lap average  you’d have to go back to 2003 to find the last time the pole was quicker than that. Helio Castroneves set a four-lap average of 231.725 mph in ’03 which we won’t touch this year. Nevertheless, speeds will be the quickest since ’06 with the possibility of ’03. The post 2013 Indianapolis 500: Pole Day speeds should be highest since 2006 appeared first on Race Review Online.
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