SPEEDWAY, IN — official release — Dan Boyd photo — E.J. Viso, filling in for James Hinchcliffe in the No. 27 United Fiber & Data car for the third consecutive day, topped the speed chart at 224.488 mph (40.0912 seconds).
Andretti Autosport teammate Kurt Busch, seeking to contest both the Indianapolis 500 and stock car race in Concord, N.C., on May 25, posted his fastest lap of the month (224.159 mph) in the No. 26 Suretone car.
Juan Pablo Montoya (224.115) was third in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske car, while Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay (223.612) and Marco Andretti (223.605) also were in the top five. Hunter-Reay, runner-up in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10, has the top lap speed of the month at 225.025 mph.
Hinchcliffe, in his third season driving for Andretti Autosport, was diagnosed with a concussion resulting from a separate on-track incident than Saavedra’s in the second half of the 82-lap race. He’s been cleared by INDYCAR to begin light training, but has not been cleared to drive. He will be re-evaluated May 15.
Viso competed in an Andretti Autosport car last season.
“So far it’s been pretty positive,” Viso said. “The first lap was a little bit awkward after eight months out of the car. … When you drive (Andretti Autosport) cars they’re already up to speed.”