Jones quickest, O’Ward almost flips on Day 3 at Indianapolis

Ed Jones

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.

“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

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Time Avg speed Laps
mph km/h
1 63 Ed Jones D/C/F 0:39.5008 227.843 366.678 37
2 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F 0:39.7002 226.699 364.837 47
3 26 Zach Veach D/H/F 0:39.8107 226.070 363.824 58
4 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F 0:39.8238 225.996 363.705 53
5 88 Colton Herta (R) D/H/F 0:39.9188 225.458 362.839 73
6 24 Sage Karam D/C/F 0:39.9289 225.401 362.748 86
7 32 Kyle Kaiser D/C/F 0:39.9298 225.396 362.740 39
8 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F 0:39.9406 225.335 362.642 66
9 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 0:39.9467 225.300 362.585 53
10 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F 0:39.9545 225.256 362.514 40
11 3 Helio Castroneves D/C/F 0:39.9747 225.142 362.331 65
12 33 James Davison D/H/F 0:39.9886 225.064 362.205 60
13 20 Ed Carpenter D/C/F 0:39.9933 225.038 362.164 50
14 12 Will Power D/C/F 0:40.0252 224.858 361.874 49
15 59 Max Chilton D/C/F 0:40.0353 224.802 361.784 42
16 23 Charlie Kimball D/C/F 0:40.0361 224.797 361.776 67
17 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F 0:40.0408 224.771 361.734 41
18 48 JR Hildebrand D/C/F 0:40.0924 224.481 361.267 47
19 25 Conor Daly D/H/F 0:40.0927 224.480 361.266 76
20 7 Marcus Ericsson (R) D/H/F 0:40.1060 224.405 361.145 34
21 2 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 0:40.1171 224.343 361.045 39
22 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 0:40.1391 224.220 360.847 50
23 31 Patricio O’Ward (R) D/C/F 0:40.1481 224.170 360.767 24
24 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 0:40.1547 224.133 360.707 57
25 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F 0:40.1814 223.984 360.467 31
26 60 Jack Harvey D/H/F 0:40.1817 223.983 360.466 26
27 39 Pippa Mann D/C/F 0:40.2111 223.819 360.202 41
28 77 Oriol Servia D/H/F 0:40.3075 223.284 359.341 49
29 42 Jordan King (R) D/H/F 0:40.3274 223.173 359.162 43
30 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 0:40.3454 223.074 359.003 38
31 4 Matheus Leist D/C/F 0:40.3644 222.969 358.834 34
32 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F 0:40.3893 222.831 358.612 34
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

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