Andretti fastest, Davison crashes on Fast Friday at Indianapolis

James Davison hits the wall

James Davison has made heavy contact with the wall as Marco Andretti set the pace on Fast Friday at Indianapolis.

Davison lost the rear end of the #33 Foyt w/ Byrd-Hollinger-Belardi Chevrolet at Turn 2 during the fourth hour of the seven-hour session, spinning and making left-hand side contact with the wall.

Fortunately, the Australian found a section of the wall which is protected by an extended SAFER barrier this year and was able to extricate himself from the car.

There is no confirmation yet of whether or not the car will be repaired for qualifying.

With engine boost turned up to 1.4-bar for qualifying simulations it was Andretti, already the fastest driver so far this fortnight, who got around the Brickyard quickest.

The #98 Andretti-Herta w/ Curb-Agajanian Chevrolet clocked a 38.8262s lap at an average 231.802mph (373.049km/h), while rookie Robert Wickens was only marginally slower in the #6 Schmidt Peterson Honda.

Oval-only driver Ed Carpenter (#20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet), Indy-only driver Oriol Servia (#64 RLL w/ Scuderia Corsa Honda), and Will Power (#12 Team Penske Chevrolet) rounded out the top five.

Power also led a Penske sweep of the top three on the non-tow rankings, ahead of Josef Newgarden (#1 Chevrolet) and Simon Pagenaud (#22 Chevrolet).

The Australian’s fastest lap was in fact set without a tow at 229.780mph (369.795km/h).

Saturday sees a total of 90 minutes of practice before qualifying from Sunday at 0100 AEST, when the top nine will be determined and two cars bumped from the 35-car field.

Highlights: Practice: Day 4

Results: Practice: Day 4

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Time Avg speed (mph) Total laps
1 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F 0:38.8262 231.802 31
2 6 Robert Wickens (R) D/H/F 0:38.8379 231.732 35
3 20 Ed Carpenter D/C/F 0:38.9499 231.066 37
4 64 Oriol Servia D/H/F 0:39.0884 230.247 40
5 12 Will Power D/C/F 0:39.1679 229.780 32
6 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F 0:39.1747 229.740 40
7 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F 0:39.2157 229.500 24
8 4 Matheus Leist (R) D/C/F 0:39.2388 229.365 32
9 25 Stefan Wilson D/H/F 0:39.2545 229.273 47
10 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 0:39.2611 229.235 58
11 88 Gabby Chaves D/C/F 0:39.2782 229.135 42
12 3 Helio Castroneves D/C/F 0:39.2804 229.122 42
13 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F 0:39.2895 229.069 15
14 1 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 0:39.3024 228.994 30
15 32 Kyle Kaiser (R) D/C/F 0:39.3237 228.870 62
16 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F 0:39.3259 228.857 44
17 10 Ed Jones D/H/F 0:39.3621 228.646 50
18 23 Charlie Kimball D/C/F 0:39.3831 228.524 24
19 7 Jay Howard D/H/F 0:39.4106 228.365 25
20 13 Danica Patrick D/C/F 0:39.4245 228.284 13
21 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 0:39.4334 228.233 13
22 29 Carlos Munoz D/H/F 0:39.4688 228.028 38
23 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 0:39.4929 227.889 42
24 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F 0:39.5115 227.782 44
25 17 Conor Daly D/H/F 0:39.5257 227.700 33
26 24 Sage Karam D/C/F 0:39.5442 227.593 43
27 19 Zachary Claman DeMelo (R) D/H/F 0:39.5926 227.315 11
28 26 Zach Veach D/H/F 0:39.5928 227.314 34
29 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F 0:39.6019 227.262 41
30 66 JR Hildebrand D/C/F 0:39.6053 227.242 49
31 63 Pippa Mann D/H/F 0:39.6082 227.226 45
32 59 Max Chilton D/C/F 0:39.6321 227.089 34
33 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 0:39.6806 226.811 54
34 33 James Davison D/C/F 0:39.6991 226.705 37
35 60 Jack Harvey D/H/F 0:39.7157 226.611 19

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