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Chilton leads hectic final Indy practice

Tuesday 23rd May, 2017 - 7:00am

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Max Chilton has paced a busy but incident-free final full day of practice for the 101st Indianapolis 500.

With tight packs of 15 or 20 cars running together not uncommon, Chilton ran a 228.592mph (367.883km/h) lap in his Ganassi Racing Dallara-Honda.

A total of 2,705 laps were run, making Monday the busiest day so far in the eight days of action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Rookie Jack Harvey ran more laps than anyone else, clocking 124 tours in his Andretti Honda.

Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso was right behind in the lap count, making several aggressive moves in traffic on the way to racking up 122 circuits of the 2.5-mile oval – more than half the Indianapolis 500 race distance.

Alonso was the last of a dozen drivers to exceed 226mph (364km/h) on the day, with eight of the 12 featuring Honda power.

Rookie Ed Jones continued his impressive form, topping 228mph (367km/h) in his Dale Coyne Racing Honda.

Pole winner Scott Dixon completed a 1-2-3 sweep for Honda at the top of the speed charts with Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud (226.998mph, 365.318km/h) the top Chevrolet runner.

“We didn’t have the speed to compete in qualifying but that’s one of the mysteries of Indianapolis – that’s what makes this place legendary, I guess,” Pagenaud said.

“Last night we changed the bodywork from qualifying and installed a new engine for the race, and it’s a weapon, that engine they put in there.

“The new engine is really strong and Chevy did a tremendous job with the calibration.”

However, Honda had the only mechanical failure of the day, as Oriol Servia’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing entry ground to a smoky halt with a suspected engine failure.

IndyCar Series competitors now get a few days off before pre-race preparations conclude with the 60-minute ‘Carb Day’ practice session on Friday (0100-0200 Saturday AEST).

Practice 8: Indianapolis 500

Pos Driver C/A/E/T Time Diff Gap Best lap Total laps
1 Chilton, Max D/H/H/F 39.3715     27 108
2 Jones, Ed (R) D/H/H/F 39.4533 0.0818 0.0818 4 86
3 Dixon, Scott D/H/H/F 39.6188 0.2473 0.1655 93 98
4 Pagenaud, Simon D/C/C/F 39.6479 0.2764 0.0291 80 95
5 Sato, Takuma D/H/H/F 39.6815 0.3100 0.0336 14 80
6 Castroneves, Helio D/C/C/F 39.6991 0.3276 0.0176 16 121
7 Hunter-Reay, Ryan D/H/H/F 39.7277 0.3562 0.0286 17 61
8 Karam, Sage D/C/C/F 39.7559 0.3844 0.0282 42 87
9 Rossi, Alexander D/H/H/F 39.7569 0.3854 0.0010 30 70
10 Andretti, Marco D/H/H/F 39.7836 0.4121 0.0267 46 66
11 Power, Will D/C/C/F 39.7880 0.4165 0.0044 89 109
12 Alonso, Fernando (R) D/H/H/F 39.7972 0.4257 0.0092 14 122
13 Aleshin, Mikhail D/H/H/F 39.8288 0.4573 0.0316 14 68
14 Kanaan, Tony D/H/H/F 39.8310 0.4595 0.0022 30 83
15 Howard, Jay D/H/H/F 39.8325 0.4610 0.0015 46 82
16 Chaves, Gabby D/C/C/F 39.8352 0.4637 0.0027 76 80
17 Kimball, Charlie D/H/H/F 39.8708 0.4993 0.0356 37 119
18 Hinchcliffe, James D/H/H/F 39.9106 0.5391 0.0398 30 94
19 Servia, Oriol D/H/H/F 39.9310 0.5595 0.0204 11 36
20 Rahal, Graham D/H/H/F 39.9585 0.5870 0.0275 5 72
21 Harvey, Jack (R) D/H/H/F 40.0315 0.6600 0.0730 106 124
22 Newgarden, Josef D/C/C/F 40.0368 0.6653 0.0053 85 99
23 Daly, Conor D/C/C/F 40.0486 0.6771 0.0118 83 87
24 Montoya, Juan Pablo D/C/C/F 40.0621 0.6906 0.0135 43 55
25 Carpenter, Ed D/C/C/F 40.0995 0.7280 0.0374 69 79
26 Hildebrand, JR D/C/C/F 40.1182 0.7467 0.0187 15 89
27 Munoz, Carlos D/C/C/F 40.2236 0.8521 0.1054 25 69
28 Davison, James D/H/H/F 40.2379 0.8664 0.0143 44 88
29 Mann, Pippa D/H/H/F 40.2641 0.8926 0.0262 18 60
30 Saavedra, Sebastian D/C/C/F 40.3651 0.9936 0.1010 17 69
31 Pigot, Spencer D/C/C/F 40.5235 1.1520 0.1584 22 45
32 Veach, Zach (R) D/C/C/F 40.6116 1.2401 0.0881 46 61
33 Lazier, Buddy D/C/C/F 41.0963 1.7248 0.4847 12 43

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

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