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Chevrolet sandbagging? "I'm just waiting for them to turn the wick up"

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Chevrolet sandbagging? "I'm just waiting for them to turn the wick up"
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May 19, 2016, 12:34 AM

Not everyone believes that Honda truly possesses the advantage they appear to have after 12 hours of practice at Indianapolis.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Honda
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Honda, Helio Castroneves, Team Penske Chevrolet
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Honda
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Honda

Day 1 of on-track action ended with Honda drivers 1-2-3-4 and Wednesday wasn't much different with Hondas 1-2-5. In the combined time sheets, they are 1-2-3-6-7-10. Marco Andretti's lap from Monday (228.978mph) is still the best so far.

Will Power discussed Chevrolet's lack of pace during today's press conference, but Ryan Hunter-Reay isn't convinced that Andretti really has an edge over the 2015 Indy 500 champions.

"I'm just waiting for them to turn the wick up. I'm not sure when that's coming.

"Will (Power) and I are always giving each other jabs, but yeah, I fully expect things to come a little bit more into the norm by the time we get to Friday. You know, some of those Chevys out there look really good in traffic. We felt good, so we'll see. It's early days still. I know better than to start thinking that I have a shot yet."

Power's lap of 227.773mph is the best of any bow-tie this week, but he belittled the impressiveness of the assisted lap.

"The tow is worth about six miles an hour, so it's not really representative.

"I think the cars are a little slower this year for sure, and the Hondas look strong, very strong. We wish that we didn't use the domed skids and we had the strakes now."

When Motorsport.com asked Power if he thinks Chevy can bridge this apparent gap to Honda, he said the following: "It's really hard to tell right now. Like Honda, they're fast. They're there. You know, we'll see as it progresses here. You know, obviously the cars have a little bit of a different aero configuration, but yeah, it's going to be interesting. 

"I think it's not going to be like last year, the advantage we had, if any at all."

But Hunter-Reay still has trouble buying it...

"I'll put money on (them being a factor this weekend). I will. Once the boost gets turned up, everything changes. You have different torque curves in these engines, different -- where some are better in other areas, and it'll be all over the place. Come Friday, yes, absolutely expect Ganassi, Penske, Carpenter, these guys all to be up in the mix. Hopefully we're still in the mix!

And although it feels good to be first, RHR knows that the fast time he put up doesn't mean much in the overall scheme of things.

"It doesn't matter. It matters none, really."

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