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Old 19 May 2017, 17:15 (Ref:3734500)   #1
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Top speed at Indy (not average lap speed)

Does anybody know what the top (peak) speed record for the Indy oval is? Not lap speed averaged, I mean the top speed ever done at any point in time during any lap.

It's obviously at the end of the straights. Can't seem to find that record anywhere?
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Old 19 May 2017, 20:17 (Ref:3734532)   #2
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I don't have a formal record handy, but Dixon said he did 250 there in the early 2000s.
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Old 19 May 2017, 20:30 (Ref:3734534)   #3
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Arie had the fast official lap at 239.2. Like 10ths, I thought I recalled top speeds approaching 250s in the late 90s and early 00s with the old CART cars at California and Michigan, but not at Indy...
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Old 20 May 2017, 00:12 (Ref:3734562)   #4
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The Penske pushrod Mercedes was doing 250 something, as were the Buick engined cars. I can not find the reference, just remember it from the media coverage.
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Old 21 May 2017, 23:49 (Ref:3735147)   #5
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I see Dixon's pole lap yesterday beat Luyendyk's record from 1996.
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Old 22 May 2017, 00:44 (Ref:3735153)   #6
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I see Dixon's pole lap yesterday beat Luyendyk's record from 1996.
Arie did a 236 and change in quali in 96. 237+ was a practice lap. Dixon was just over 232.1 average. Don't think anyone eclipse 233 mph for a lap average speed.

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Does anybody know what the top (peak) speed record for the Indy oval is? Not lap speed averaged, I mean the top speed ever done at any point in time during any lap.

It's obviously at the end of the straights. Can't seem to find that record anywhere?
They were hittin' 238 this weekend. Back in the CART days, they were topping 240. I don't know what the peak velocity has been and I've searched also.
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Old 22 May 2017, 01:51 (Ref:3735161)   #8
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Arie did a 236 and change in quali in 96. 237+ was a practice lap.
The 236+ qualifying average was just a tick under 237. A point 9 sumpin' if I recall correctly. The237+ prolly was a practice lap but he also topped 239 in practice the same year.

Aaaaahhh, the CART days. (I know, I know, it was IRL in'96 but they were still the CART ruled cars)
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Old 22 May 2017, 03:07 (Ref:3735168)   #9
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I see Dixon's pole lap yesterday beat Luyendyk's record from 1996.
That's incorrect. Arie Luyendyk holds both the 1 lap and 4 lap records, which he set in 1996.

1 lap: 00:37.895, 237.498 Mph, 382.216 km/h.

4 lap: 02:31.908, 236.986 Mph, 381.392 km/h.

https://www.indianapolismotorspeedwa...qualifications

Here he is in the Reynard 95i-Ford Cosworth V8, in which he set those records.
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Old 22 May 2017, 03:22 (Ref:3735169)   #10
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That's incorrect. Arie Luyendyk holds both the 1 lap and 4 lap records, which he set in 1996.
I thought that's what I just posted. hrug: edit: I apologize. It was another board

That's alright, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery....

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After being disqualified the night before, Arie Luyendyk returned to the track on the second day of time trials. He set track records on all four laps.[22]

Lap 1: 38.097 seconds, 236.239 mph (new 1-lap track record)
Lap 2: 37.983 seconds, 236.948 mph (new 1-lap track record)
Lap 3: 37.933 seconds, 237.260 mph (new 1-lap track record)
Lap 4: 37.895 seconds, 237.498 mph (all-time 1-lap track record)
Total- 2:31.908, 236.986 mph (all-time 4-lap track record)
Luyendyk's run made him the fastest qualifier in the field, however, as a second-day qualifier, he was forced to line up 20th (behind the first-day qualifiers). Luyendyk's one and four lap track records still stand

Alaso, unofficial because it was just practice, but everyone's clocks confirmed, his 239.260 stands as fastes ever lap.

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Luyendyk's Reynard 95i is at the airport, just took a photo
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Although he had 95i at his disposal, the chassis he used in '96 was a 94i, if I recall correctly. Methinks it was a backup car which was decided upon for the race. 'Could be mistaken, 'long time ago.....
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Although he had 95i at his disposal, the chassis he used in '96 was a 94i, if I recall correctly. Methinks it was a backup car which was decided upon for the race. 'Could be mistaken, 'long time ago.....
A little research reveals confirmation:




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" The track record at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Reynard 94I-004 is as follows:

date # driver laps speed ranking cars and drivers on track
May 10, '94 12T Jacques Villeneuve 21 217.113 33 43
May 13, '94 12T Jacques Villeneuve 18 219.138 37 48
May 8, '95 64 Johnny Parsons 6 190.887 44 44
May 9, '95 64 Johnny Parsons 42 213.944 36 41
May 10, '95 64 Johnny Parsons 6 215.957 25 33
May 11, '95 64 Johnny Parsons 43 221.337 38 47
May 12, '95 64 Johnny Parsons 31 225.393 38 55
May 13, '95 64 Johnny Parsons 17 222.173 33 42
May 14, '95 64 Johnny Parsons 44 224.629 16 40
QA waved off after 2 laps
(Fastest lap:222.189 )
May 16, '95 64 Johnny Parsons 9 222.124 12 21
May 18, '95 64 Johnny Parsons 12 221.136 11 24
May 19, '95 64 Johnny Parsons 71 223.403 28 43
May 20, '95 64 Johnny Parsons 10 220.642 26 29
May 21, '95 64 Johnny Parsons 52 222.386 17 34
May 9, '96 35 Arie Luyendijk 18 237.774 1 33
May 10, '96 35 Arie Luyendijk 30 239.260 1 29
May 11, '96 5 Arie Luyendijk 23 234.742 2 32
Car renumbered. QA1 declared illegal
(Fastest lap 234.742)
May 12, '96 5 Arie Luyendijk 18 237.567 1 16
QA2 ONE-LAP TRACK RECORD 237.498
May 19, '96 5 Arie Luyendijk 19 233.633 1 24
May 23, '96 5 Arie Luyendijk 11 228.380 5 32
May 26, '96 5 Arie Luyendijk 149 232.931 4 32
Race: started 20th finished 16th



Month of May performance history - by best speed:

year # driver laps speed ranking car and drivers on track
1994 12T Jacques Villeneuve 39 219.138 82 111
1995 64 Johnny Parsons 343 225.393 63 99
1996 35/5 Arie Luyendijk 112 239.260 1 67 "

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Does anybody know what the top (peak) speed record for the Indy oval is? Not lap speed averaged, I mean the top speed ever done at any point in time during any lap.

It's obviously at the end of the straights. Can't seem to find that record anywhere?
While researching post 14, I came across this for what it's worth!:
""Arie's trap speed on that lap was 243 mph into turn 1 and 247 mph in to turn 3 (had a tow from robbie unser between T2 and T3), lowest speed in T3 was 237 mph!"

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The Record Car dead in the middle (center stage) of the IMS museum, photographed September 2014


The 35 on the roll hoop confirms the car starting out the month as the backup car before rising to stardom.

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