Carpenter fastest, Alonso fourth in Practice 3

Dan Herrero

Thursday 18th May, 2017 - 9:35am

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Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter has set the pace on a day of limited running at a windy Indianapolis, as Fernando Alonso finished Practice 3 fourth fastest.

On the slowest of the three days of practice thus far, Carpenter lapped Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a time of 40.3779s (222.894mph, 358.713km/h) just as the clock ticked over to the final hour.

The #20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet just pipped Scott Dixon’s best effort in the Kiwi’s Chip Ganassi Honda, set halfway through the piece, while JR Hildebrand made it both ECR cars in the top three.

Alonso improved twice in the final hour in his McLaren/Andretti Autosport Honda to finish fourth.

With wind gusting over 20mph (32.2km/h), conditions which Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal described on his radio as “stupid,” just 14 of the 33 drivers set representative lap times.

Only Josef Newgarden ventured onto the track in a Team Penske Chevrolet, with Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves, and Juan Pablo Montoya all sitting out the six-hour session.

Practice 4 starts on Friday morning at 0200 AEST, while qualifying commences on Saturday (local time).

Practice 3: Indianapolis 500

Pos Driver C/A/E/T Time Diff Gap Best lap Total laps
1 Carpenter, Ed D/C/C/F 0:40.3779 50 52
2 Dixon, Scott D/H/H/F 0:40.4315 0.0536 0.0536 34 47
3 Hildebrand, JR D/C/C/F 0:40.8066 0.4287 0.3751 24 54
4 Alonso, Fernando (R) D/H/H/F 0:40.9961 0.6182 0.1895 28 39
5 Daly, Conor D/C/C/F 0:41.0523 0.6744 0.0562 21 22
6 Chilton, Max D/H/H/F 0:41.1199 0.7420 0.0676 6 23
7 Munoz, Carlos D/C/C/F 0:41.1260 0.7481 0.0061 13 28
8 Veach, Zach (R) D/C/C/F 0:41.1643 0.7864 0.0383 45 46
9 Kimball, Charlie D/H/H/F 0:41.2614 0.8835 0.0971 4 12
10 Howard, Jay D/H/H/F 0:41.4175 1.0396 0.1561 3 9
11 Kanaan, Tony D/H/H/F 0:41.4638 1.0859 0.0463 1 8
12 Rahal, Graham D/H/H/F 0:41.5002 1.1223 0.0364 5 5
13 Aleshin, Mikhail D/H/H/F 0:41.5045 1.1266 0.0043 1 2
14 Hinchcliffe, James D/H/H/F 0:41.6025 1.2246 0.0980 2 8
15 Newgarden, Josef D/C/C/F 0:56.3942 16.0163 14.7917 3 11
16 Harvey, Jack (R) D/H/H/F 0:57.4418 17.0639 1.0476 18 18
17 Karam, Sage D/C/C/F 0:59.5514 19.1735 2.1096 6 9
18 Sato, Takuma D/H/H/F 1:21.9092 41.5313 22.3578 2 2
19 Rossi, Alexander D/H/H/F 1:23.8623 43.4844 1.9531 3 3
20 Andretti, Marco D/H/H/F 1:27.5898 47.2119 3.7275 4 4
21 Servia, Oriol D/H/H/F 2:26.8176 1:46.4397 59.2278 2 6

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

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