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Kyle Larson Impresses With Second Fastest Lap In Indy 500 Open Test

Kyle Larson Impresses With Second Fastest Lap In Indy 500 Open Test

NASCAR Cup Series star Kyle Larson recorded the second fastest lap during Wednesday's Indy 500 open test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Apr 10, 2024 by Brandon Paul

All eyes in the racing world were glued to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday morning for the Indianapolis 500 open test. It was the much-anticipated first appearance of 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson on-track at an official NTT IndyCar Series function, and he did not disappoint.

Larson recorded the second-fastest lap of the rain-shortened morning test session, clocking in at 226.384 in his Arrow McLaren No.17. Only the defending Indy 500 champion was faster, as Josef Newgarden ran a lap at 228.822 mph. 

Larson is attempting the Memorial Day Weekend Double, competing in his first Indianapolis 500 while also competing in the NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He is the first driver to do so since Kurt Busch in 2014.

Wednesday's open test was the third on-track session for Larson in an IndyCar. He completed rookie orientation at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last October and followed that up with a test session at Phoenix Raceway in February with the Arrow McLaren team. 

Weather-permitting, testing is scheduled to go on until 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, with a second test date scheduled from 10:00-4:00 on Thursday. Testing from Indianapolis will be streamed live on Peacock.