The month of May is finally upon us, and on Thursday afternoon you could hear the cars zipping around the track in preparation for the racing weekend that climaxes with the Indianapolis 500.
The Firestone Indy Lights drivers, who will compete in the Firestone Freedom 100 on May 24th, took the track for several hours on Thursday for test runs. This includes the series current-points leader Carlos Munoz, the Andretti Autosport who is also competing in the Indianapolis 500 on May 26th, who seemed to take full advantage of his first opportunity out on the track this month.
“It went pretty good,” said Munoz.
“The thing we were testing on our own, but is difficult to see is the tires. Because it depends a lot if you are alone or not. I think the tires did good and lap quality was fine, and in the simulations I felt really quick. The faster I went I had gear problems which we didn’t run a lot, but I still feel we have to work in traffic and I think we are going to have a good car for the next race.”
Munoz will be racing for his second year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and noted that each time he has been on the track he has learned something new, making Thursday’s time rather valuable. However nobody could have had more valuable time on the track than Indy Lights rookie Kyle O’Gara, the Roncalli High School student who will be making his Freedom 100 debut at the end of the month.
“Our ultimate goal is racing at the Indianapolis 500,” said O’Gara of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. “There is no better stepping-stone than the Indy Lights series. To even set foot on this track today, it was a dream come true for me. To turn the first lap was a big deal, and to finish the day off strong like we did was very important to me.”