Rahal fastest on Day 3 of Indy 500 practice

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Friday 18th May, 2018 - 11:42am

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Graham Rahal

Graham Rahal was the pace-setter on the third day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 as JR Hildebrand became the first driver this fortnight to hit the wall.

Rahal hit at an average 226.047mph (363.787km/h) on his second lap of the day around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the #15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda.

He didn’t go any faster in his following 100 laps, but the time stood up as the best of the day, just ahead of a similarly early effort from Tony Kanaan (#14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet).

Marco Andretti (#98 Andretti-Herta w/ Curb-Agajanian Honda) remains the fastest driver so far this week, courtesy of his personal best a day earlier, and was third on Thursday at the Brickyard.

Ed Carpenter (#20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet) and Sage Karam (#24 Dreyer & Reinbold Chevrolet) rounded out the top five, with 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden (#1 Team Penske Chevrolet) sixth.

Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Honda) was 12th and Will Power 13th, though the latter set the fastest non-tow lap of 223.971mph (360.446km/h) in the #12 Team Penske Chevrolet.

James Davison ended the day 29th in the #33 Foyt w/ Byrd-Hollinger-Belardi Chevrolet.

Hildebrand got the wall at Turn 3 during the first half-hour of the day, causing minor damage to the right-hand side of the #66 Dreyer & Reinbold Chevrolet.

Practice continues tomorrow with another seven hours from 0100 AEST, before qualifying begins on Saturday (local time).

Highlights: Practice: Day 3

Results: Practice: Day 3

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Time Avg speed (mph) Total laps
1 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 0:39.8148 226.047 102
2 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F 0:39.8414 225.896 62
3 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F 0:39.8964 225.584 86
4 20 Ed Carpenter D/C/F 0:39.9834 225.093 97
5 24 Sage Karam D/C/F 0:40.0142 224.920 72
6 1 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 0:40.0510 224.713 75
7 19 Zachary Claman DeMelo (R) D/H/F 0:40.0596 224.665 60
8 3 Helio Castroneves D/C/F 0:40.0757 224.575 110
9 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F 0:40.1336 224.251 86
10 88 Gabby Chaves D/C/F 0:40.1463 224.180 73
11 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F 0:40.1502 224.158 87
12 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 0:40.1834 223.973 98
13 12 Will Power D/C/F 0:40.1837 223.971 90
14 4 Matheus Leist (R) D/C/F 0:40.2242 223.746 59
15 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F 0:40.2340 223.691 82
16 64 Oriol Servia D/H/F 0:40.2431 223.641 62
17 7 Jay Howard D/H/F 0:40.2493 223.606 73
18 60 Jack Harvey D/H/F 0:40.2584 223.556 94
19 10 Ed Jones D/H/F 0:40.2903 223.379 79
20 66 JR Hildebrand D/C/F 0:40.2954 223.351 57
21 23 Charlie Kimball D/C/F 0:40.3002 223.324 32
22 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 0:40.3625 222.979 85
23 29 Carlos Munoz D/H/F 0:40.3627 222.978 78
24 6 Robert Wickens (R) D/H/F 0:40.3793 222.886 63
25 32 Kyle Kaiser (R) D/C/F 0:40.4023 222.760 91
26 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 0:40.4102 222.716 92
27 59 Max Chilton D/C/F 0:40.4191 222.667 45
28 25 Stefan Wilson D/H/F 0:40.4684 222.396 96
29 33 James Davison D/C/F 0:40.4890 222.283 81
30 13 Danica Patrick D/C/F 0:40.5011 222.216 68
31 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F 0:40.5118 222.157 83
32 63 Pippa Mann D/H/F 0:40.5198 222.114 69
33 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F 0:40.5815 221.776 89
34 17 Conor Daly D/H/F 0:40.6168 221.583 89
35 26 Zach Veach D/H/F 0:40.6608 221.343 106

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