Arie Luyendyk and Scott Brayton, already heavy favorites to win the pole for the May 28 Indianapolis 500, have given the competition a little more to stew about before qualifying begins today.
Brayton had the fast lap at 234.472 mph through most of Friday’s practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, only to have Luyendyk serve a psychological knockout with consecutive laps of 234.711, 234.913 and 234.889, all faster than Brayton’s unofficial track record of 234.656 set Thursday.
The two Team Menard drivers have led the speed list in each of the seven days since practice began for the 79th Indy.
Today will be the first of four days of qualifying. Once the 33-car field is full, bumping will begin with faster cars ousting the slowest qualifiers until the end of time trials May 21.
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