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Marco Andretti drops a 232.2 in Indy 500 pre-qualifying practice

May 17, 2014, 10:23 AM EDT

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Yes, there were other cars on track and yes, the boost levels of the powerplants have increased from 130 kPA to 140 kPA for this weekend’s Indianapolis 500 practice and qualifying.

Doesn’t mean a 232.239 mph lap, as set by Marco Andretti Saturday morning, isn’t still cool. Even though he had a monster tow.

With speeds usually “only” in the 228-229 range, and with the first 230-mph lap of the month turned in by Ed Carpenter on Friday, speeds grew as the temperatures cooled at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Andretti was one of 12 drivers over 230 this morning. In fourth, Kurt Busch turned in his fastest lap in an IndyCar of 230.894 mph.

Single-car runs were still reported to be in the 229s, making a 230 in qualifying this afternoon possible, but not probable at this point. As always, temperatures and wind direction have a lot to do with overall speeds.

See the Qualifying Format and Qualifying Draw Here.

Morning Speeds are below.

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  1. ttnvrl8 - May 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Ok, all uninitiated race fans – some perspective on this 230 MPH lap. Apache Attack helicopter – 182 MPH top speed. Cessna model 172 – 188 MPH. Even a Pro Stock drag car is around 213. Finally, media frequently use a “football field per second” to try to put this speed in context, but that’s actually shorting the cars by over 10%. The correct number is 337 feet per second.

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