Here are five other things from Friday’s practice:
FAST FRIDAY: Ed Carpenter had the fastest speed on Fast Friday of the Indianapolis 500. Last year’s Indy 500 pole-sitter reached 230.522 mph in just eight laps before practice concluded due to inclement weather. Carpenter was the first to top 230 since the start of practice. Helio Castroneves was second at 229.843 and Marco Andretti was third at 229.419. Rain delayed the start of Fast Friday for almost three hours and lasted only 20 minutes before a yellow flag due rain. Track activity was canceled just before 4:30 p.m.
COR-SAGE: Sage Karam saved some money on a tuxedo rental and a corsage. The 19-year-old rookie driver out of Pennsylvania skipped his Nazareth Area High School prom on Friday night and practiced for the Indy 500. Karam, the reigning Indy Lights champion, will drive the No. 22 Chevrolet in a car fielded jointly by Chip Ganassi Racing and Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing. “Instead of going to senior prom today I’ll be dancing with some extra boost! #fastfriday,” he tweeted. Karam, who spent a rainy Friday morning playing Xbox in the garage, hardly seemed bummed about missing the high school ritual. “It’s OK now,” he said. “I’ve gotten to the point where I’m doing something so much cooler. I’m so thrilled that I’m here doing this. Most of my friends aren’t even going to prom anyway because they’ve got a wrestling tournament they’re going to.”
INDY 2015: Jonathan Byrd’s Racing is returning to the Indy 500 next year. The team will return with Bryan Clauson behind the wheel. JBR fielded Indy 500 cars from 1985 to 2001, and it last had an entry in 2005. Clausen was 30th in the 2012 Indy 500 driving for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.
AWARD WINNER: Andrea Toso, head of research and development and U.S. Racing Leader for Dallara for the Dallara Racing Simulator, was honored with the 48th Louis Schwitzer Award on Friday. The award is given for innovation and engineering excellence in race-car design. The winner receives $10,000.
SENNA: Simon Pagenaud will honor his racing hero Ayrton Senna by wearing a specially-designed helmet in the Indianapolis 500 as a tribute to the three-time World Champion. Pagenaud will auction off the helmet to benefit the Instituto Ayrton Senna, which aids children in need in Brazil.