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Pagenaud nails fastest time in Practice 4 at Indy

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Thursday 15th May, 2014 - 9:29am

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Simon Pagenaud turns the quickest lap of the week in practice for the Indy 500

Simon Pagenaud turns the quickest lap of the week in practice for the Indy 500

Frenchman Simon Pagenaud has swept to the fastest time this week as practice continues for the Indianapolis 500.

Pagenaud, who claimed victory in the inaugural grand prix of Indianapolis at the iconic speedway’s road course last weekend, recorded 226.122mph (363.91km/h) as rain again interrupted the scheduled six-hour session.

JR Hildebrand, who crashed on the final turn of the last lap when leading in 2011, was second fastest in 225.854mph (363.48km/h).

Hildebrand (#21 Preferred Freezer/Ed Carpenter Racing) edged Ganassi star Scott Dixon who was third fastest with a 225.494mph (362.9km/h) lap.

Pagenaud said the conditions were conducive to turning quicker lap times than earlier in the week.

“Obviously the conditions are very good for a fast lap,” Pagenaud said.

“The density of the air is a lot stronger so you can run in a little less wind for the same amount of downforce as yesterday and that creates lap time and obviously the engines work better with a stronger density in the air.

“That’s why you see big laps today. It’s always enjoyable to get close to 230 (mph).”

The session was stopped when Jack Hawksworth made contact with the SAFER barrier at turn three, sparking the first major incident of the week.

Hawksworth was checked by the medical team and given the all clear.

“I have no idea what happened to be honest,” Hawksworth said.

“We just went into [Turn] 3 and it just snapped, so we’ll have to look into it.

“I don’t know if it’s – honestly, I wouldn’t want to comment just yet because I have no idea. Suddenly it just snapped.”

Helio Castroneves was the best of the trio of Penske runners in fourth ahead of Mikhail Aleshin and Ryan Briscoe (Ganassi).

Juan Montoya (Team Penske) was seventh fastest ahead Ryan Hunter-Reay, Justin Wilson and Josef Newgarden.

IndyCar points leader Will Power, who clings to a one-point advantage over Hunter-Reay, was 29th after turning a total of just two laps.

The third Australian, James Davison, is yet to appear with his program restricted by tyres and lack of a spare chassis in his KV Racing entry.

Practice continues tomorrow ahead of qualifying and the pole day on the weekend to determine the starting order for the Indy 500 on May 25.

See below for results of practice 4

1

Simon Pagenaud

226.122mph

39.8016s

2

JR Hildebrand

225.854

39.8488

3

Scott Dixon

225.494

39.9123

4

Helio Castroneves

225.340

39.9396

5

Mikhail Aleshin

225.310

39.9449

6

Ryan Briscoe

225.276

39.9510

7

Juan Pablo Montoya

225.134

39.9762

8

Ryan Hunter-Reay

225.110

39.9804

9

Justin Wilson

225.058

39.9897

10

Josef Newgarden

224.948

40.0093

11

Tony Kanaan

224.752

40.0442

12

EJ Viso

224.731

40.0478

13

Charlie Kimball

224.544

40.0812

14

Ed Carpenter

224.492

40.0905

15

Alex Tagliani

224.384

40.1099

16

Marco Andretti

224.370

40.1124

17

Sebastien Bourdais

224.307

40.1236

18

Jack Hawsworth

224.000

40.1786

19

Pippa Mann

223.984

40.1815

20

Carlos Munoz

223.754

40.2228

21

Carlos Huertas

223.651

40.2412

22

Takuma Sato

223.329

40.2993

23

Sebastian Saavedra

223.181

40.3261

24

Oriol Servia

222.780

40.3986

25

Graham Rahal

222.152

40.5128

26

Sage Karam

222.096

40.5230

27

Jacques Villeneuve

221.682

40.5987

28

Martin Plowman

221.013

40.7216

29

Will Power

175.729

51.2152

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