Bourdais fastest on eve of Indy 500 qualifying

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Saturday 20th May, 2017 - 9:22am

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Sebastien Bourdais

Sebastien Bourdais has set the benchmark on ‘Fast Friday’ at Indianapolis, while Fernando Alonso was fourth fastest for the third day in a row.

With cars in qualifying trim ahead of Saturday’s first day of qualifications, including an extra 10kPa of turbo boost, Bourdais lapped the 2.5mi superspeedway in 38.6074s (233.116mph, 375.164km/h) during the first half-hour of the day.

The Dayle Coyne Honda driver’s effort bested that of Ryan Hunter-Reay, who had set a 38.7711s within the first 10 minutes of the session in his Andretti Autosport Honda.

Hunter-Reay remained second for the duration, while the top two were reversed on the non-tow rankings.

Another two Andretti entries followed, with Takuma Sato third-fastest.

Unlike most of the front-runners, Alonso’s fastest lap in the McLaren-backed Honda came in the final hour of the day, and in a good sign for qualifying was the first of four consecutive laps above 231mph.

Rain had threatened and ultimately cost drivers more than two-and-a-half of the six hours of scheduled running, hence the early rush to set lap times.

Juan Pablo Montoya led the Chevrolets for Team Penske in fifth, while team-mate Will Power was 16th.

Spencer Pigot (Juncos Racing Chevrolet) and Zach Veach (AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet) came to grief at Turns 1 and 2, respectively, but neither was injured.

Saturday sees a further 90 minutes of practice from 2200 AEST before Day 1 of qualifications starts at 0100 (Sunday morning) AEST.

VIDEO: Pigot hits the wall

VIDEO: Veach hits the wall

Practice 5: Indianapolis 500

Pos Driver C/A/E/T Time Diff Gap Best lap Total laps
1 Bourdais, Sebastien D/H/H/F 00:38.6074 11 30
2 Hunter-Reay, Ryan D/H/H/F 00:38.7711 0.1637 0.1637 3 21
3 Sato, Takuma D/H/H/F 00:38.7983 0.1909 0.0272 4 23
4 Alonso, Fernando (R) D/H/H/F 00:38.8220 0.2146 0.0237 36 46
5 Montoya, Juan Pablo D/C/C/F 00:38.8463 0.2389 0.0243 5 17
6 Hinchcliffe, James D/H/H/F 00:38.8740 0.2666 0.0277 10 38
7 Aleshin, Mikhail D/H/H/F 00:38.8858 0.2784 0.0118 10 37
8 Howard, Jay D/H/H/F 00:38.9181 0.3107 0.0323 4 36
9 Jones, Ed (R) D/H/H/F 00:38.9185 0.3111 0.0004 8 23
10 Rossi, Alexander D/H/H/F 00:38.9288 0.3214 0.0103 23 25
11 Kanaan, Tony D/H/H/F 00:38.9519 0.3445 0.0231 3 30
12 Dixon, Scott D/H/H/F 00:38.9584 0.3510 0.0065 16 29
13 Castroneves, Helio D/C/C/F 00:38.9640 0.3566 0.0056 3 44
14 Servia, Oriol D/H/H/F 00:38.9801 0.3727 0.0161 8 40
15 Andretti, Marco D/H/H/F 00:39.0000 0.3926 0.0199 43 45
16 Power, Will D/C/C/F 00:39.0088 0.4014 0.0088 22 24
17 Carpenter, Ed D/C/C/F 00:39.0097 0.4023 0.0009 11 28
18 Chilton, Max D/H/H/F 00:39.0225 0.4151 0.0128 4 33
19 Hildebrand, JR D/C/C/F 00:39.0241 0.4167 0.0016 3 22
20 Kimball, Charlie D/H/H/F 00:39.0735 0.4661 0.0494 9 41
21 Mann, Pippa D/H/H/F 00:39.1130 0.5056 0.0395 2 28
22 Rahal, Graham D/H/H/F 00:39.1292 0.5218 0.0162 8 34
23 Pagenaud, Simon D/C/C/F 00:39.1350 0.5276 0.0058 11 17
24 Newgarden, Josef D/C/C/F 00:39.3660 0.7586 0.2310 34 36
25 Harvey, Jack (R) D/H/H/F 00:39.4001 0.7927 0.0341 22 23
26 Karam, Sage D/C/C/F 00:39.4462 0.8388 0.0461 30 38
27 Munoz, Carlos D/C/C/F 00:39.4813 0.8739 0.0351 9 24
28 Daly, Conor D/C/C/F 00:39.6083 1.0009 0.1270 31 42
29 Chaves, Gabby D/C/C/F 00:39.6182 1.0108 0.0099 36 37
30 Veach, Zach (R) D/C/C/F 00:39.6333 1.0259 0.0151 41 52
31 Saavedra, Sebastian D/C/C/F 00:39.7835 1.1761 0.1502 14 27
32 Pigot, Spencer D/C/C/F 00:39.7931 1.1857 0.0096 16 20
33 Lazier, Buddy D/C/C/F 00:40.9761 2.3687 1.1830 22 30

(C)hassis: D=Dallara | (A)erokit: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)yre: F=Firestone