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Near-record speeds shown at Indy tire tests

May 01, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Jeff Gordon

Drivers easily surpass 200 mph in tests at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Everyone -- drivers, included -- was shocked.

Another applaudable effort by NASCAR’s newest automotive innovation, the Generation-6 car, was on full-display at Tuesday’s Goodyear Tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. An effort that seemed to catch a few drivers and crew chiefs by surprise.

The testing continued Wednesday, as did the disbelief of just how fast this car/tire/track combination is. Participants included Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski, Mark Martin, 2012 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne and Kurt Busch.

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While the track records of 186.293 and 48.311 for average lap speed and lap time, respectively, set by Casey Mears on August 8, 2004 remain untouched because this is just a test, there were some pretty intense speeds shown throughout.

Gordon, Martin, and Martin's crew chief Rodney Childers took to Twitter to discuss their findings.

Mark Martin ‏@55MarkMartin 18h

It was fast at Indy today. 212 mph at the end of the back stretch.

Jeff Gordon ‏@JeffGordonWeb 17h

Didn't realize how fast we were running(top speed) today until I read ‪@55MarkMartin tweet of 212mph. We saw 214 on one lap. ‪#thatsfast

‪@rchilders55: Holy moly.. How about a 48.43 around ‪@IMS first thing this morning.. Nuts..

Jeff Gordont‏@JeffGordonWeb

Day 2 @IMS @GoodyearRacing test. Even faster today! Ran 48.07 sec lap to start the day. Fastest I've ever been around Indy.

Martin's lap time equates to 185.835 mph, while Gordon's Wednesday time clocks in at a blazing 187.227. Again, had this been an official event, Gordon's speed would stand as a new track record.

The Gen-6 car has broken five track records in nine races this season -- going over 200 mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a good sign that another could be in the books when the Sprint Cup Series heads to Indy for the Crown Royal Presents The Your Hero's Name Here at the Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 28.

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