Superspeedway aerodynamic bodywork packages from Chevrolet and Honda highlighted the first practice session for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
Juan Pablo Montoya, who 15 years ago won the Indy 500, recorded the fastest lap in the four-hour afternoon session for all cars at 226.772 mph (39.6874 seconds) on the 2.5-mile oval.
Twenty-one drivers surpassed the fastest Opening Day 2014 lap of 223.057 mph by Will Power.
Montoya’s teammate and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves was second quickest at 226.468 mph. Marco Andretti was third on the speed chart at 226.268 mph and the fastest of the Honda contingent. Scott Dixon, driving a Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, was fourth at 225.881 mph and Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske was fifth at 225.641 mph.
Takuma Sato (225.571) was sixth in an AJ Foyt Racing Honda, followed by Simona de Silvestro (225.317) in an Andretti Autosport Honda and two-time defending Indianapolis 500 pole winner Ed Carpenter (225.257) in a CFH Racing Chevrolet.
Hunter-Reay was ninth in an Andretti Autosport Honda (225.208) and Sage Karam, who made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in the 2014 Indy 500, was 10th (224.931) in a Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Chevrolet.