Munoz, the Firestone Indy Lights point leader, set the fastest lap of the month, so far, with a lap of 225.163 mph (39.9711 seconds) in the No. 26 Unistraw Chevrolet. The lap topped the previous best of the month by Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti (225.100 mph).
Andretti, driving the No. 25 RC Cola Chevrolet, was third on the day (224.882 mph) as Andretti Autosport swept the top three. Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay was second (225.006) in the No. 1 DHL car.
Day 6 of on-track activity also featured 33 drivers for the first time as 1996 Indianapolis 500 champion Buddy Lazier made his maiden appearance in the No. 91 Lazier Partners Racing car. He contributed three install laps to the 2,227 total logged during the humid six-hour session. Lazier will participate in a refresher course before the track opens for practice at noon (ET) May 17.
Rookie Conor Daly brought out the yellow flag for the first incident of the month when the No. 41 ABC Supply car for A.J. Foyt Racing made contact with the SAFER Barrier exiting Turn 1 midway through the session. He was checked at the infield care center and cleared to drive.
“We had just made a change on the springs in the rear,” Daly said. “For me, I felt comfortable the whole time. It’s all been reasonably good. I was just trying to experience a little bit more with the car, and there was a car in front and me. The wind, it feels like it’s been gusting more, and the rear was leaning hard on the outside tire, and it just kind of folded over on itself. I just lost it. Just not good.”
Drivers will get a boost for the seventh day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race as they transition from race setup evaluation to mostly qualifying simulations.
As with the 2012 race, the boost level will be upped from 130 kPa to 140 kPa for “Fast Friday” as drivers/teams focus on qualifying setups and the two days of qualifications. The boost level to the 2.2-liter, turbocharged V-6 engines will return to 130 kPa for the one-hour final practice May 24 and Race Day on May 26.
DAY 6 NOTEBOOK:
>> Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears, 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon and IZOD IndyCar Series 500-mile race winner Ed Carpenter spoke to the media this morning about the Fuzzy’s Triple Crown, which debuts this season.
>> Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka will be the major sponsor of the three IZOD IndyCar Series races during the 2013 season that constitute the Fuzzy’s Triple Crown.
>> A driver who sweeps the races at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway (May 26), 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway (July 7) and 2-mile Auto Club Speedway (Oct. 19) ovals will be awarded $1 million. A driver who wins two of the three races will be awarded a $250,000 bonus.
>> The Fuzzy’s Triple Crown renews tradition of the popular series at Indianapolis, Pocono and Ontario (Calif.) from 1971-80 and from 1981-89 at Indianapolis, Pocono and Michigan. Only four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser has won all three races in a single season, in 1978 in the Jim Hall-owned First National City Travelers Checks-sponsored car.
>> INDYCAR officials confirmed the boost levels for the 2.2-liter turbo-charged V-6 engines used by the IZOD IndyCar Series will remain unchanged for the 97th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. As with the 2012 race, the boost level will be increased from 130 kPa to 140 kPa for “Fast Friday” on May 17 and Pole Day qualifications Saturday, May 18 and Bump Day qualifications Sunday, May 19. The change in pressure adds about a 40-horsepower boost to the engines produced by Chevrolet (twin-turbocharged Chevy IndyCar V6) and Honda (single turbo-charged Honda HI13R). The boost level will return to 130 kPa for final practice on Coors Light Carb Day on Friday, May 24 and the 500-mile race Sunday, May 26.
>> 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran will join the NBC Sports Network team as an analyst during its coverage of Pole Day and Bump Day qualifying. De Ferran is substituting for regular analyst Townsend Bell, who is driving in the 97th Indianapolis 500. Joining de Ferran in the booth this weekend will be play-by-play announcer Leigh Diffey and analyst Jon Beekhuis. NBC Sports Network Formula One pit reporter Will Buxton also will join the broadcast team in the pits this weekend, as F1 does not race. This is Buxton’s first broadcast from the Brickyard.
>> An Andretti Autosport driver has been the fastest in four of the six practice days so far this month. Carlos Munoz is the only driver to be fastest more than once. A breakdown:
•Saturday, May 11: #20 Ed Carpenter, 220.970 (Ed Carpenter Racing)
•Sunday, May 12: #26 Carlos Munoz, 223.023 (Andretti Autosport)
•Monday, May 13: #25 Marco Andretti, 225.100 (Andretti Autosport)
•Tuesday, May 14: #25 James Hinchcliffe, 224.210, in Marco Andretti’s car (Andretti Autosport)
•Wednesday, May 15: #10 Dario Franchitti, 224.236 (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
•Thursday, May 16: #26 Munoz, 225.163 (Andretti Autosport)