5.12.13 (via SPEEDtv.com) – Winds and cool temperatures dominated Sunday's running at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, limiting most teams from completing anything of substance on their long work lists.
After six hours of open practice, which included all five of the Andretti Autosport cars running in a concentrated draft of their own during the final two hours, rookie Carlos Munoz used a monster tow behind four team cars to set the best lap of the day at 223.023 mph.
"It's nice to be at the top," said the 21-year-old Colombian who's leading the Firestone Indy Lights championship. "We have to be realistic; it was in a tow. Maybe I had a little bit better tow than my teammates. I still have to learn a lot. My teammates help me a lot and tell me what [I'm] doing right and what I'm doing wrong."
Munoz also had a scare in the five-car Andretti draft pack when he believed teammate Marco Andretti opened the door entering Turn 1. Munoz's avoiding action, which involved putting his left side tires on the grass, both impressed and scared those who witnessed it.
"I think it was a little bit of misunderstanding," he said with a grin as he recounted his 220 mph off-road trip. "[Andretti] lifted a little bit; the inside was open so I went there. I was a little bit lucky because I was two tires on the grass… I was lucky to continue. Each lap I was feeling more and more comfortable behind the guys."