Pagenaud tops opening day of Indy 500 practice

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Wednesday 16th May, 2018 - 9:29am

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Simon Pagenaud

Simon Pagenaud was the only driver to break 40 seconds on the first day of practice for the 2018 Indianapolis 500.

The #22 Team Penske Chevrolet was the fastest car in the first, two-hour session of the day, lapping Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 39.8605s for an average speed of 225.787mph (363.369km/h).

Team-mate Helio Castroneves (#3 Chevrolet) ended the day second-fastest having paced the field in the three-hour session which closed out Day 1 with a best time just under 0.2s adrift of the Frenchman’s.

Castroneves edged oval specialist Ed Carpenter (#20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet), with the top five rounded out by one-off driver Jay Howard (#7 Schmidt Peterson Honda) and Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Honda).

Carpenter recorded the fastest non-tow speed of the day in that afternoon session at an average 221.512mph (356.489km/h).

James Davison (#33 Foyt w/ Byrd-Hollinger-Belardi Chevrolet) was 13th-fastest on his return to IndyCar, one position ahead of 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato (#30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda).

Team Penske’s other two pilots, Josef Newgarden (#1 Chevrolet) and Will Power (#12 Chevrolet), were 15th- and 19th-fastest respectively.

They and Pagenaud were the only three drivers whose personal bests came in the opening session of the day.

Zachary Claman DeMelo, who has been named as the replacement for the injured Pietro Fittipaldi, completed rookie orientation in the middle two-hour session which was also used for refreshers.

He set a time good enough to put him 31st in the 35-car field on his first day in an IndyCar on the Brickyard speedway.

The event continues from Wednesday at 1100 local time (Thursday 0100 AEST) with a standard seven hours of practice.

Highlights: Practice: Day 1

Results: Practice: Day 1

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Time Avg speed (mph) Total laps
1 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F 0:39.8605 225.787 87
2 3 Helio Castroneves D/C/F 0:40.0597 224.665 67
3 20 Ed Carpenter D/C/F 0:40.0850 224.523 65
4 7 Jay Howard D/H/F 0:40.0858 224.518 69
5 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 0:40.1153 224.353 51
6 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F 0:40.1397 224.217 57
7 24 Sage Karam D/C/F 0:40.1790 223.998 106
8 23 Charlie Kimball D/C/F 0:40.1928 223.921 46
9 88 Gabby Chaves D/C/F 0:40.2433 223.640 42
10 26 Zach Veach D/H/F 0:40.2592 223.551 68
11 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 0:40.2707 223.488 97
12 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F 0:40.2868 223.398 75
13 33 James Davison D/C/F 0:40.2963 223.346 21
14 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F 0:40.3037 223.305 67
15 1 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 0:40.3173 223.229 60
16 6 Robert Wickens (R) D/H/F 0:40.3347 223.133 52
17 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F 0:40.3659 222.960 51
18 10 Ed Jones D/H/F 0:40.3863 222.848 66
19 12 Will Power D/C/F 0:40.3879 222.839 83
20 13 Danica Patrick D/C/F 0:40.4080 222.728 91
21 29 Carlos Munoz D/H/F 0:40.4130 222.701 74
22 64 Oriol Servia D/H/F 0:40.4137 222.697 17
23 25 Stefan Wilson D/H/F 0:40.4451 222.524 36
24 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 0:40.4548 222.471 93
25 66 JR Hildebrand D/C/F 0:40.4938 222.256 56
26 5 James Hinchliffe D/H/F 0:40.5589 221.900 64
27 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 0:40.6007 221.671 75
28 60 Jack Harvey D/H/F 0:40.6321 221.500 107
29 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F 0:40.6482 221.412 12
30 59 Max Chilton D/C/F 0:40.6668 221.311 61
31 19 Zachary Claman DeMelo (R) D/H/F 0:40.7076 221.089 16
32 32 Kyle Kaiser (R) D/C/F 0:40.7781 220.707 45
33 5 Jay Howard D/H/F 0:40.9747 219.648 61
34 17 Conor Daly D/H/F 0:41.6809 215.926 9
35 63 Pippa Mann D/H/F 0:41.9130 214.731 19

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