Indianapolis, IN (May 15, 2017) – Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais was fourth quickest following the first day of practice for the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The driver of the #18 Dale Coyne Racing entry recorded a fastest lap of 224.775mph on his 45th of 50th practice laps.
Ed Jones, who completed his Rookie Orientation earlier in the day, placed 22nd of the 32 cars that took to the track with a quickest lap of 222.533. Pippa Mann finished her day in 27th with a best lap of 220.257 mph.
All drivers will be back on track tomorrow, Tuesday, May 16, for more practice from Noon to 6pm.
Sebastien Bourdais, #18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda
“Probably my best opening day ever here. We had a solid car to begin with. It needs tuning and adjustments but it’s ok. It’s not scary, it does kind of what you want it to do and you just have to manage the balance on your own with traffic, as usual but it’s promising. The only thing is I don’t see any very weak cars, you look at the speeds and how bunched up it is its going to be an interesting 101st edition for sure.”
Ed Jones, #19 Boy Scouts of America Honda
“It was a good day, we completed the rookie orientation in the morning and that went very well, and then we started progressing after that. We started gaining experience on the track with the car, working on getting close to the other cars and getting comfortable. I’m looking forward to progressing throughout the week.”
Pippa Mann, # 63 Dale Coyne Racing Honda
“It felt great to be back in an Indy car pounding out laps for the first time in nine months and great to get the first laps of 2017 under my belt here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Always nice to break the 220 mile per hour mark on the first day, and we’ve got plenty of time and plenty of days to keep working away and getting back up to speed.”