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Power leads Penske one-two on first day of Indy 500 practice

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Wednesday 15th May, 2019 - 10:26am

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Will Power pic: Team Penske Twitter

Will Power edged fellow Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud to the fastest lap on the first day of practice for the 2019 Indianapolis 500.

Power’s best of 39.1738s (229.745mph, 369.739km/h) in the #12 Chevrolet came with the assistance of a two as he and the Frenchman worked together on Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Pagenaud ended up only 0.042mph (0.068km/h) slower in the #22 Chevrolet, while Ed Carpenter was third fastest by virtue of the 39.3610s (228.653mph, 367.981km/h) which he set in the Oval Veterans session that kicked off the day’s proceedings.

Helio Castroneves (#3 Chevrolet) similarly ended up fourth in the Indianapolis-only Team Penske entry, as did Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing) in the first of the Honda-powered cars.

Herta was also responsible for the only yellow flag not necessitated by debris when he looped Car #88 while exiting the pits late in the afternoon.

Ed Jones was 10th fastest but best in terms of non-towed laps at an average speed of 224.542mph (361.365km/h) in the #63 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet.

Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) was 13th but did record the highest figure through the speed trap at 236.128mph (380.011km/h).

Fernando Alonso (#66 McLaren Racing Chevrolet) was 32nd having completed only one lap in the afternoon session, and James Davison (#33 Dale Coyne Racing w/ Byrd-Hollinger-Belardi Honda) 36th.

Both Alonso and Davison came after three of the four Schmidt Peterson Hondas which James Hinchcliffe drove during the day.

Patricio O’Ward will start Day 2 early in order to complete his rookie orientation after encountering a gearbox problem in the #31 Carlin Chevrolet.

Results: Practice: Day 1

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Time Avg speed Laps
mph km/h
1 12 Will Power D/C/F 0:39.1738 229.745 369.739 68
2 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F 0:39.1810 229.703 369.671 81
3 20 Ed Carpenter D/C/F 0:39.3610 228.653 367.981 105
4 3 Helio Castroneves D/C/F 0:39.3974 228.441 367.640 67
5 88 Colton Herta (R) D/H/F 0:39.4246 228.284 367.387 74
6 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F 0:39.4318 228.242 367.320 110
7 26 Zach Veach D/H/F 0:39.4506 228.133 367.144 109
8 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 0:39.4631 228.061 367.029 92
9 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F 0:39.4736 228.000 366.930 81
10 63 Ed Jones D/C/F 0:39.4795 227.966 366.876 105
11 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F 0:39.5021 227.836 366.666 128
12 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 0:39.5358 227.642 366.354 80
13 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 0:39.5730 227.428 366.010 97
14 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F 0:39.6042 227.249 365.722 90
15 48 JR Hildebrand D/C/F 0:39.6125 227.201 365.645 113
16 19 Santino Ferrucci (R) D/H/F 0:39.6330 227.083 365.455 95
17 2 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 0:39.6474 227.001 365.323 60
18 10 Felix Rosenqvist (R) D/H/F 0:39.6774 226.829 365.046 81
19 25 Conor Daly D/H/F 0:39.6963 226.721 364.872 99
20 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 0:39.7354 226.498 364.513 90
21 32 Kyle Kaiser (R) D/C/F 0:39.7509 226.410 364.372 10
22 23 Charlie Kimball D/C/F 0:39.8507 225.843 363.459 69
23 7 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F 0:39.9117 225.498 362.904 5
24 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F 0:39.9161 225.473 362.864 66
25 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F 0:39.9582 225.235 362.481 99
26 60 Jack Harvey D/H/F 0:39.9641 225.202 362.427 85
27 59 Max Chilton D/C/F 0:40.0274 224.846 361.855 76
28 77 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F 0:40.0369 224.793 361.769 6
29 7 Marcus Ericsson (R) D/H/F 0:40.0532 224.701 361.621 83
30 24 Sage Karam D/C/F 0:40.0686 224.615 361.483 32
31 4 Matheus Leist D/C/F 0:40.1150 224.355 361.064 85
32 66 Fernando Alonso D/C/F 0:40.1496 224.162 360.754 50
33 42 Jordan King (R) D/H/F 0:40.1834 223.973 360.450 42
34 39 Pippa Mann D/C/F 0:40.1948 223.910 360.348 25
35 31 Max Chilton D/C/F 0:40.2646 223.521 359.722 13
36 33 James Davison D/H/F 0:40.2660 223.514 359.711 30
37 77 Oriol Servia D/H/F 0:40.3063 223.290 359.350 60
38 81 Ben Hanley (R) D/C/F 0:40.6235 221.547 356.545 14
39 60 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F 0:40.8157 220.503 354.865 5

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

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