Honda driver Ryan Hunter-Reay believes the Chevrolets weren’t showing their full potential during testing for the 100th Indianapolis 500 after Honda posted the top four fastest lap times Tuesday and the top two fastest lap times Wednesday.
Honda drivers were 1-2-3-4 for lap times on the Day 1 of Indy 500 testing and 1-2-5 on Day 2. As Motorsport points out, Honda was also 1-2-3-6-7-10 on the combined sheets, with Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti posting the fastest lap yet on Monday at 228.978 mph.
“I’m just waiting for them to turn the wick up,” Hunter-Reay told Motorsport when asked about Chevy’s unusual lack of pace during practice. “I’m not sure when that’s coming.”
Team Penske’s Will Power, who was the fastest Chevy driver in practice with a lap of 227.773mph, played down the accusations, saying he doesn’t think Chevy will have the same edge this year as they did in 2015.
“I think the cars are a little slower this year for sure, and the Hondas look strong, very strong,” he said. “We wish that we didn’t use the domed skids and we had the strakes now.”
Power added that he thinks it’s “hard to tell,” if Chevy will be able to close the apparent gap to Honda come race day, but Hunter-Reay is convinced the bowties will certainly be fighting for top positions.
“Once the boost gets turned up, everything changes,” Hunter-Reay said. “You have different torque curves in these engines, different — where some are better in other areas, and it’ll be all over the place. Come Friday, yes, absolutely expect Ganassi, Penske, Carpenter, these guys all to be up in the mix.”
The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 will go green on Sunday, May 29th at 12:19 p.m.