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Saturday 17th May, 2014 - 7:46am

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Ed Carpenter tops 230mph in rain-shortened 'Fast Friday'

Ed Carpenter tops 230mph in rain-shortened ‘Fast Friday’

Ed Carpenter produced a stunning lap befitting the ‘Fast Friday’ tag as wild weather again played havoc with practice schedules at Indianapolis.

Carpenter topped 230.522mph (370.99km/h) ahead of qualifying and pole day this weekend for the Indianapolis 500 on May 25.

It was the fastest practice lap at the famed speedway since Scott Dixon’s 233mph lap on pole day in 2003.

Carpenter, the 2013 Indy 500 polesitter, upstaged the 229.843 (369.9km/h) by Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves.

Marco Andretti was third best in 229.419 (369.21km/h) in the #25 Andretti Autosport Snapple car.

Carpenter’s team-mate JR Hildebrand was fourth ahead of Josef Newgarden.

“The car is definitely up to speed this year,” Carpenter said.

“When it comes to predicting the pole, I think a lot of it will be figuring out what the weather is.

“If it warms up enough and the air gets a little thinner, certainly I think 230s are realistic, even up to 232 and 233.”

Ryan Briscoe and Will Power were 21st and 22nd best respectively in the rain-shortened practice 6 which saw only 26 of the 33 cars post lap times.

The third Australian James Davison was one of the seven entries not to circulate.

The first round of qualifications start tomorrow with starting positions, including the Verizon P1 Award, determined in the second round on Monday morning that will be highlighted by the shootout of the fastest nine cars for pole.

James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport), back behind the wheel after being cleared from his head injury, turned a total of eight laps to be 11th fastest.

Carpenter snared the top starting spot last year with a four-lap average of 228.762mph (368.16km/h).

See below results from practice 6

1

Ed Carpenter

230.522mph

39.0418s

2

Helio Castroneves

229.843

39.1571

3

Marco Andretti

229.419

39.2296

4

JR Hildebrand

229.384

39.2355

5

Josef Newgarden

229.276

39.2540

6

Juan Pablo Montoya

229.205

39.2662

7

Scott Dixon

229.062

39.2907

8

Ryan Hunter-Reay

228.603

39.3695

9

Simon Pagenaud

228.544

 39.3798

10

Jack Hawksworth

228.176

39.4432

11

James Hinchcliffe

228.115

39.4537

12

Martin Plowman

228.036

39.4675

13

Carlos Munoz

227.938

39.4844

14

Mikhail Aleshin

227.822

39.5046

15

Takuma Sato

227.741

39.5186

16

Jacques Villeneuve

227.682

39.5288

17

Alex Tagliani

227.394

39.5788

18

Oriol Servia

226.387

39.7550

19

Sebastien Bourdais

226.351

39.7612

20

Sebastian Saavedra

226.137

 39.7988

21

Ryan Briscoe

226.072

39.8103

22

Will Power

223.202

40.3222

23

Kurt Busch

217.145

41.4470

24

Charlie Kimball

145.435

1:01.8834

25

Graham Rahal

54.039

2:46.5470

26

Carlos Huertas

33.274

4:30.4782

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