The Japanese veteran Sato ran only four laps in the morning two-hour session, unhappy with the air balance of his car, but in the afternoon flashed to become the best in the schedule table at the Indianapolis racetrack.
The 2017 and 2020 India winner received a strong tow from several cars on his 63rd with 64 laps and drove a 2.5-mile oval in 39.311 s with an average speed of 228.939 miles per hour.
Despite steady efforts that took passes in tow, Sato used most of his speed on the opposition in corners, as his speeds in traps were between fourth and fifth in speed.
Start-up participant Scott Dixon was second in speed on a very promising day for Chip Ganassi Racing, in which all five Honda participants finished in the top nine.
NASCAR legend and IndyCar rookie Jimmy Johnson showed the third fastest time, ahead of Marcus Eriksin in fourth place, while reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palu was sixth and Indy 2013 winner Tony Canaan ninth.
Four of the Ganassi cars ranked between third and eighth in the charts without towing.
The top two non-towing speeds were taken by Ed Carpenter in the race, who finished fifth to Rinus Vick and his three-time Indian team owner Ed Carpenter, who was just 29 years old.th in general.
After newcomer Sato, teammate David Malukas in seventh place, Josef Newgarden was the fastest of Team Penske in eighth, while Andretti Autosport’s fastest driver was Poles 2020’s Mark Andretti on his first trip to IndyCar since last year’s event. The runner-up in 2006 finished in the top 10, simply overshadowing his teammate Devlin de Francesco.
Marco Andretti was in good shape, the winner of the pole 2020 was the fastest of Andretti’s applications
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In the Dreyer & Reinbold Motorsport team, which consists of only Indy 500, Sage Karam was an excellent third in the morning session after Dixon and Erickson, and Santina Ferrucci was sixth in speed (and second of all effort without towing). But by the day the pair dropped to 23rd and 33rd.
Meanwhile, DragonSpeed with Cusick Motorsports driver Stephen Wilson completed a refresher course at IMS and achieved a top average speed of 222.232 mph in 10 laps he passed in FP2.
Wilson’s Chevrolet car, which was borrowed from AJ Foyt Racing after Tatiana Calderon took part in it at the Indianapolis Grand Prix last weekend, looked well-prepared after converting from a road course to a superspeedway specification.
The 33rd and final record to be announced is mostly staffed by the DragonSpeed IMSA SportsCar Championship LMP2 team, while various equipment has been lent to Andretti Autosport, Juncos Hollinger Racing and Team Penske.
IndyCar Indianapolis 500 FP2 results
IndyCar Indianapolis 500 FP1 results