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Thursday 25th April, 2019 - 12:42pm

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Takuma Sato has topped IndyCar’s pre-Indianapolis test while Fernando Alonso was hamstrung by an electrical problem on his return to The Brickyard.

Alonso, who made his first and so far only start in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, missed the first 45 minutes of the rookie/refresher session due to a technical issue which saw his #66 McLaren Chevrolet towed back to pit lane.

The Spaniard ended up last of the nine drivers in that hit-out, and one of four who failed to complete their refresher program on a weather-affected day.

Those drivers, including Helio Castroneves (#3 Team Penske Chevrolet), will have to do so on the first day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 on May 14.

Sato (#30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda) set the pace in the ‘veteran’ test session with a fastest average speed of 226.993mph (365.310km/h, 39.6488s), usurping Ed Carpenter’s 226.414mph (364.378km/h, 39.7502s; #20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet).

Will Power was fourth (226.225mph, 364.074km/h, 39.7834s; #12 Team Penske Chevrolet) and Scott Dixon sixth (225.605mph, 363.076km/h, 39.8927s; #9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) in the veteran session.

Colton Herta (#88 Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda) was fastest in the rookie/refresher session at 226.108mph (363.886km/h, 39.8040s).

He also set the fastest non-tow lap of the day at 223.121mph (359.078km/h) after Sato, the 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner, had done so in the earlier session.

Tony Kanaan (#14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet) virtually sat out the day due to an oil leak.

Next on the calendar is the IndyCar Grand Prix on the Indianapolis roval from May 10-11.

Results: Veterans

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Time Avg speed (mph) Total laps
1 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F 0:39.6488 226.993 32
2 20 Ed Carpenter D/C/F 0:39.7502 226.414 36
3 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F 0:39.7658 226.325 41
4 12 Will Power D/C/F 0:39.7834 226.225 40
5 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 0:39.8262 225.982 32
6 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 0:39.8927 225.605 40
7 63 Ed Jones D/C/F 0:39.8955 225.589 32
8 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F 0:39.9014 225.556 40
9 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F 0:39.9316 225.385 39
10 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 0:40.0113 224.936 39
11 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 0:40.1322 224.259 47
12 26 Zach Veach D/H/F 0:40.2139 223.803 44
13 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F 0:40.3044 223.301 39
14 2 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 0:40.3518 223.038 38
15 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F 0:40.3592 222.997 49
16 60 Jack Harvey D/H/F 0:40.3978 222.784 42
17 4 Matheus Leist D/C/F 0:40.4184 222.671 34
18 23 Charlie Kimball D/C/F 0:40.6194 221.569 18
19 59 Max Chilton D/C/F 0:40.7990 220.594 22
20 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F 7:12.8116 20.794 3

Results: Rookies/Refresher

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Time Avg speed (mph) Total laps
1 88 Colton Herta (R) D/H/F 0:39.8040 226.108 61
2 3 Helio Castroneves D/C/F 0:39.8998 225.565 45
3 77 Oriol Servia D/H/F 0:40.4031 222.755 38
4 10 Felix Rosenqvist (R) D/H/F 0:40.4352 222.578 72
5 25 Conor Daly D/H/F 0:40.6148 221.594 56
6 19 Santino Ferrucci (R) D/H/F 0:40.7909 220.637 63
7 7 Marcus Ericsson (R) D/H/F 0:40.8379 220.384 59
8 48 JR Hildebrand D/C/F 0:40.8669 220.227 42
9 66 Fernando Alonso D/C/F 0:41.1542 218.690 29

Alonso’s car is towed back to pit lane

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