Fast Friday: Marco Andretti records the fastest lap in the Month of May

Marco Andretti believes he has a car capable of winning the 96th Indianapolis 500 no matter where he qualifies for the race.

But winning the pole for the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" could go a long way to making the goal a reality.

The third-generation driver from one of racing's most famous families topped the timesheets on Fast Friday with a lap of 39.5535 seconds (227.540 mph) mph, the fastest lap of the Month of May.

It was the second time this month that Andretti's No. 26 Team RC Cola car was quickest in practice. He topped the speed chart on May 16 on the 2.5-mile oval (40.2367 seconds; 223.676 mph).

Thirty-two drivers recorded 1,206 laps without incident in a precursor to Pole Day time trials May 19 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.). All drivers were aided by a bump in the turbocharger boost of 10 kPa—which equals about 40 horsepower and 4-5 mph per lap—that will be utilized in qualifications.

Ryan Briscoe, driving the No. 2 IZOD Team Penske car, was second quick (39.6764 seconds; 226.835 mph) and teammate Helio Castroneves was third (39.6973; 226.716) in the No. 3 Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske car.

Three of Andretti's four Andretti Autosport teammates, all using Chevrolet power, wound up in the top 10 on a warm and cloudless day. Ryan Hunter-Reay (226.400) was fourth, James Hinchcliffe (225.974) was sixth and Ana Beatriz (225.653) was seventh. Scott Dixon, driving the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, was the top Honda driver in fifth (226.224). Teammate Dario Franchitti, a two-time race winner, was 10th.

The initial 24 car/driver combinations will be set on Pole Day, with the remainder of the 33 spots being filled on Bump Day, May 20.


Turbocharger boost levels will increase for "Fast Friday" and the two days of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500.

The standard boost level of 130 kPa (kilopascals) for superspeedways will be upped to 140 kPa for the practice today, Pole Day on Saturday, May 19 and Bump Day on Sunday, May 20. The increase will result in the addition of 40-50 horsepower.

The boost level is 130 kPa for all other practice days and Race Day, Sunday, May 27.

INDYCAR set boost levels for the Borg-Warner single and twin turbochargers utilized by Chevrolet, Honda and Lotus before the season based on testing. It also will be 130 kPa for the superspeedways of Auto Club Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. The boost level for the short ovals of the Milwaukee Mile and Iowa Speedway is 140 kpa, while it's 155 kpa for road and street circuits.