Ed Jones has finished with the fastest non-towed lap and fastest overall on the third day of practice for the 2019 Indianapolis 500.
On a day when the last hour-and-a-half was lost due to wet weather, Jones’ 39.5008s (227.843mph, 366.678km/h) on his eighth lap stood up as the benchmark.
The 24-year-old Brit also lapped Indianapolis Motor Speedway without a tow at an average speed of 224.957mph (362.033km/h) in the #63 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, edging team-mate Spencer Pigot (#21 Chevrolet) by 0.070mph (0.113km/h) on that metric.
Jones’ margin over second-fastest for the day overall was somewhat larger with 2017 race winner Takuma Sato next on the timesheets thanks to a 39.7002s (226.699mph, 364.837km/h) in the #30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda.
The top five was completed by Zach Veach (#26 Andretti Autosport Honda), Sebastien Bourdais (#18 DCR w/ Vasser-Sullivan Honda), and Colton Herta (#88 Harding Steinbrenner Honda).
Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) was ninth with his very first lap his best at 39.9467s (225.300mph, 362.585km/h), while James Davison (#33 DCR w/ Byrd-Hollinger-Belardi Honda) was 12th and Will Power (#12 Team Penske Chevrolet) 14th.
The McLaren Racing entry was missing as the team worked to prepare a back-up car after Fernando Alonso crashed his primary #66 Chevrolet a day earlier.
Rookie Patricio O’Ward smacked the wall at Turn 2 but escaped injury, as the #31 Carlin Chevrolet spun and very nearly flipped.
After this incident, @PatricioOWard has been checked, cleared and released from the medical center.
— NTT IndyCar Series (@IndyCar) May 16, 2019
“That was a wild ride,” O’Ward, 23rd fastest on the day, told NBC Gold as he watched the replay.
“I’m not really sure what happened, but suddenly I was backwards. I’m just thankful to be OK.”
Power’s effort from Day 1 remains the fastest on combined times, although Jones did lower the non-tow benchmark as Day 3 saw hotter temperatures than those before.
Results: Practice: Day 3
|5||88||Colton Herta (R)||D/H/F||0:39.9188||225.458||362.839||73|
|20||7||Marcus Ericsson (R)||D/H/F||0:40.1060||224.405||361.145||34|
|23||31||Patricio O’Ward (R)||D/C/F||0:40.1481||224.170||360.767||24|
|29||42||Jordan King (R)||D/H/F||0:40.3274||223.173||359.162||43|
|33||81||Ben Hanley (R)||D/C/F||0:40.4742||222.364||357.860||67|
|34||10||Felix Rosenqvist (R)||D/H/F||0:40.5960||221.697||356.787||41|
|35||19||Santino Ferrucci (R)||D/H/F||0:40.8242||220.457||354.791||60|
(C)hassis: D=Dallara | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)yre: F=Firestone