Andretti Provides July 4th Fireworks To Lead IZOD IndyCar Series Open Test At Pocono

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LONG POND, Pa. (July 4, 2013) – On Independence Day, IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and teams provided plenty of fireworks at Pocono Raceway with a glimpse of what’s in store for the Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco on July 7.

All 24 cars that participated in the one-day Open Test posted lap times better than the track record of 42.510 seconds (211.715 mph) set by Emerson Fittipaldi on Aug. 19, 1989. Marco Andretti of nearby Nazareth, Pa., topped the speed chart with a lap of 220.963 mph (40.7308 seconds) in the No. 25 RC Cola car for Andretti Autosport.

“I think this just became my favorite racetrack,” said Andretti, who recorded his best lap on a qualifying simulation. “I have to give credit to INDYCAR. They did a great job with the aero (package) and also Firestone with the tire choice. I think it will produce good racing because it’s going to put guys on the opposite ends of the downforce level, which is the risk you run.”

Tony Kanaan, who can continue on the path to a $1 million bonus by winning the second of the three legs of the Fuzzy’s Triple Crown, was second (219.802 mph; 40.9460 seconds) in the No. 11 Sunoco “Turbo” car for KV Racing Technology-SH Racing.

IZOD IndyCar Series championship points leader Helio Castroneves (219.123 mph) was third in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske car, and Ed Carpenter was fourth (218.788 mph) in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka car. Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport was fifth (218.293 mph) in the No. 1 DHL car.

From top to bottom, the field was separated by 1.1 seconds.

PHOTO CREDIT: BRET KELLEY

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