Power rockets to the top in Practice 5 for Indy 500

Will Power has claimed the fastest lap after the Fast Friday Practice run

Will Power has claimed the fastest lap after the Fast Friday Practice run

Australian ace Will Power surged to the quickest time as the pace intensified in practice for the Indianapolis 500 to be run on May 29.

As teams trimmed out their machines in preparation for provisional qualifying, Power unleashed a best lap of 232.67 mph (374.44km/h).

The Team Penske Chevrolet driver’s best lap came with just under one hour of the six-hour session remaining shortly after a rain delay of almost 40 minutes.

The Fast Friday runs saw Josef Newgarden (Ed Carpenter Racing) put in a late flyer of 232.34 (373.91) to be second fastest ahead of Schmidt Peterson’s James Hinchcliffe in 231.97 (373.31).

Andretti Autosport Honda flyer Carlos Munoz registered 231.95 (373.28) to be fourth ahead of Marco Andretti’s 231.82 mph (373.07).

Of the speeds recorded with no-tow assistance, Townsend Bell was the fastest with a 231.34 (372.30) ahead of Power’s 231.33 (372.28).

Rookie Alex Rossi, whose #98 Andretti-Herta machine was lavished with a last minute sponsorship deal with NAPA, continued to show blistering pace as the top rookie of the field by finishing 10th fastest.

Matt Brabham completed Practice 5 by just missing out on the 230 mph (370km/h) barrier

Matt Brabham completed Practice 5 by just missing out on the 230 mph (370km/h) barrier

With just over 30 minutes remaining in the session Matt Brabham turned up the pace with his 229.25 (368.94) briefly putting him in the top 20. Brabham ended the session in 24th after completing a total of 57 laps.

“We had some ups and downs throughout the day and some side to sides as well,” Brabham said of a moment he had earlier in the session.

“I think we were being a bit conservative and we’re just working our way through it.

“Everyone’s trimming out and trying for their big qualifying set-ups and we’ve got to do that too, but we’re just slowly dialling out the downforce.”

“We’ve been working through the qualifying simulations with the Pirtek Team Murray team – we had one big moment, but other than that it was all clean sailing.

The top 18 cars were all above the 230 (370) barrier.

Provisional qualifying is scheduled tomorrow from 1am-7.50am (AEST) with the top nine drivers advancing to the Fast 9 pole run-off the following day.

Positions 10-33 will also be set immediately prior to the Fast 9 on Monday morning (AEST).

See below for full results

Rank

Car

Driver Name

C/A/E/T

Time

Speed

Diff

Gap

Best Lap

Total Laps

1

12

 Will Power

D/C/C/F

00:38.6810

232.672

–.—-

–.—-

24

32

2

21

 Josef Newgarden

D/C/C/F

00:38.7356

232.344

0.0546

0.0546

57

58

3

5

 James Hinchcliffe

D/H/H/F

00:38.7978

231.972

0.1168

0.0622

36

37

4

26

Carlos Munoz

D/H/H/F

00:38.8012

231.952

0.1202

0.0034

30

31

5

27

Marco Andretti

D/H/H/F

00:38.8226

231.824

0.1416

0.0214

47

54

6

29

Townsend Bell

D/H/H/F

00:38.8670

231.559

0.1860

0.0444

24

29

7

28

Ryan Hunter-Reay

D/H/H/F

00:38.9132

231.284

0.2322

0.0462

40

41

8

19

Gabby Chaves

D/H/H/F

00:38.9381

231.136

0.2571

0.0249

41

43

9

7

Mikhail Aleshin

D/H/H/F

00:38.9502

231.064

0.2692

0.0121

37

41

10

98

Alex Rossi (R)

D/H/H/F

00:38.9867

230.848

0.3057

0.0365

10

59

11

77

Oriol Servia

D/H/H/F

00:39.0020

230.757

0.3210

0.0153

34

35

12

9

Scott Dixon

D/C/C/F

00:39.0514

230.465

0.3704

0.0494

17

29

13

22

Simon Pagenaud

D/C/C/F

00:39.0554

230.442

0.3744

0.0040

18

27

14

6

JR Hildebrand,

D/C/C/F

00:39.0717

230.346

0.3907

0.0163

30

38

15

3

Helio Castroneves

D/C/C/F

00:39.0739

230.333

0.3929

0.0022

25

29

16

20

Ed Carpenter

D/C/C/F

00:39.0907

230.234

0.4097

0.0168

36

47

17

15

Graham Rahal

D/H/H/F

00:39.1067

230.140

0.4257

0.0160

42

46

18

2

Juna Montoya

D/C/C/F

00:39.1217

230.051

0.4407

0.0150

15

17

19

63

Pippa Mann

D/H/H/F

00:39.1444

229.918

0.4634

0.0227

27

30

20

10

Tony Kanaan

D/C/C/F

00:39.1725

229.753

0.4915

0.0281

36

39

21

11

Sebastien Bourdais

D/C/C/F

00:39.1969

229.610

0.5159

0.0244

42

42

22

41

Jack Hawksworth

D/H/H/F

00:39.2046

229.565

0.5236

0.0077

29

35

23

8

Max Chilton(R)

D/C/C/F

00:39.2240

229.451

0.5430

0.0194

39

46

24

61

Matt Brabham (R)

D/C/C/F

00:39.2580

229.253

0.5770

0.0340

56

57

25

18

Conor Daly

D/H/H/F

00:39.2693

229.187

0.5883

0.0113

45

53

26

16

Spencer Pigot(R)

D/H/H/F

00:39.2799

229.125

0.5989

0.0106

62

66

27

14

Takuma Sato

D/H/H/F

00:39.3141

228.926

0.6331

0.0342

37

44

28

42

Charlie Kimball

D/C/C/F

00:39.3241

228.867

0.6431

0.0100

17

26

29

35

Alex Tagliani

D/H/H/F

00:39.3713

228.593

0.6903

0.0472

41

41

30

24

Sage Karam

D/C/C/F

00:39.4707

228.017

0.7897

0.0994

48

50

31

88

Bryan Clauson

D/H/H/F

00:39.5074

227.805

0.8264

0.0367

36

37

32

25

Stefan Wilson(R)

D/C/C/F

00:39.7234

226.567

1.0424

0.2160

9

40

33

4

Buddy Lazier

D/C/C/F

00:39.8789

225.683

1.1979

0.1555

17

47

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