Howard fastest, Alonso fourth again on Indy Day 4

Dan Herrero

Friday 19th May, 2017 - 8:59am

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Jay Howard

Jay Howard has set the fastest time of this year’s Indianapolis 500 program thus far, while Fernando Alonso finished Practice 4 just 0.2s slower in fourth.

Howard laid down a 39.6924s (226.744mph, 364.909km/h) on his ninth lap of the day in his Schmidt Peterson Honda, a time which stood up for the balance of the six-hour session.

The lap was strongly aided by a tow, the Briton finishing the day 24th in the non-tow rankings.

Ryan Hunter-Reay had been fastest to that point, likewise with his ninth lap, and the Andretti Autosport Honda driver was otherwise unbeaten for the rest of the day.

Hunter-Reay’s team-mates Marco Andretti and Alonso followed.

Fernando Alonso

The Spaniard gained significantly more experience running in traffic, but also finished the day ninth on the non-tow rankings.

Takuma Sato bagged those honours in his Andretti Honda and was ninth outright.

Will Power finished the day 12th in car #12.

His Team Penske Chevrolet team-mate Josef Newgarden was good enough for fifth fastest despite hitting the wall just over an hour into proceedings.

The rear of car #2 stepped out through Turn 1, but Newgarden was able to extricate himself from the car.

“I banged my foot a little bit, so it’s going to be bruised for the next couple of weeks, but I’ll get through that,” he said.

“I just got called into the pits, so I was coming in and I didn’t want to check up too much for the guys behind me and cause a problem.

“It just seemed to get away from me. Until I get to look at everything, I’m not 100 percent sure what caused it. We were having a really good day.”

Practice 5 starts on Saturday morning at 0200 AEST, while qualifying commences early on Sunday morning AEST.

VIDEO: Newgarden hits the wall

Practice 4: Indianapolis 500

Pos Driver C/A/E/T Time Diff Gap Best lap Total laps
1 Howard, Jay D/H/H/F 00:39.6924 9 86
2 Hunter-Reay, Ryan D/H/H/F 00:39.8537 0.1613 0.1613 9 79
3 Andretti, Marco D/H/H/F 00:39.8743 0.1819 0.0206 18 77
4 Alonso, Fernando (R) D/H/H/F 00:39.8902 0.1978 0.0159 74 96
5 Newgarden, Josef D/C/C/F 00:39.9193 0.2269 0.0291 11 35
6 Karam, Sage D/C/C/F 00:39.9671 0.2747 0.0478 2 64
7 Kimball, Charlie D/H/H/F 00:39.9750 0.2826 0.0079 38 91
8 Servia, Oriol D/H/H/F 00:40.0290 0.3366 0.0540 51 74
9 Sato, Takuma D/H/H/F 00:40.0408 0.3484 0.0118 99 99
10 Bourdais, Sebastien D/H/H/F 00:40.0490 0.3566 0.0082 14 40
11 Aleshin, Mikhail D/H/H/F 00:40.0693 0.3769 0.0203 9 90
12 Power, Will D/C/C/F 00:40.0779 0.3855 0.0086 28 103
13 Rossi, Alexander D/H/H/F 00:40.0885 0.3961 0.0106 9 72
14 Montoya, Juan Pablo D/C/C/F 00:40.0942 0.4018 0.0057 6 50
15 Castroneves, Helio D/C/C/F 00:40.1057 0.4133 0.0115 6 117
16 Dixon, Scott D/H/H/F 00:40.1091 0.4167 0.0034 8 87
17 Rahal, Graham D/H/H/F 00:40.1157 0.4233 0.0066 61 92
18 Jones, Ed (R) D/H/H/F 00:40.1193 0.4269 0.0036 61 64
19 Munoz, Carlos D/C/C/F 00:40.1264 0.4340 0.0071 6 71
20 Carpenter, Ed D/C/C/F 00:40.1695 0.4771 0.0431 5 68
21 Chilton, Max D/H/H/F 00:40.2175 0.5251 0.0480 50 53
22 Hildebrand, JR D/C/C/F 00:40.2487 0.5563 0.0312 40 72
23 Pagenaud, Simon D/C/C/F 00:40.2793 0.5869 0.0306 68 81
24 Kanaan, Tony D/H/H/F 00:40.3365 0.6441 0.0572 47 58
25 Mann, Pippa D/H/H/F 00:40.3501 0.6577 0.0136 16 54
26 Hinchcliffe, James D/H/H/F 00:40.4185 0.7261 0.0684 15 100
27 Daly, Conor D/C/C/F 00:40.4277 0.7353 0.0092 6 67
28 Veach, Zach (R) D/C/C/F 00:40.4562 0.7638 0.0285 36 37
29 Harvey, Jack (R) D/H/H/F 00:40.6727 0.9803 0.2165 80 92
30 Chaves, Gabby D/C/C/F 00:40.8411 1.1487 0.1684 71 82
31 Pigot, Spencer D/C/C/F 00:40.8711 1.1787 0.0300 24 73
32 Saavedra, Sebastian D/C/C/F 00:40.9910 1.2986 0.1199 14 37
33 Lazier, Buddy D/C/C/F 17:39.6090 16:59.9166 16:58.618 1 1

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

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