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Daly snatches top spot, Jones fastest on non-tows

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Saturday 18th May, 2019 - 9:46am

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Conor Daly was fastest overall but it was Ed Jones again setting the non-tow pace on the final day before qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 begins.

Daly set a 38.8426s (231.704mph, 372.891km/h) on his 54th lap in the #25 Andretti Autosport Honda to usurp team-mate Marco Andretti (#98 Andretti Herta w/ Marco & Curb-Agajanian Honda), who clocked his best of 38.9862s (230.851mph, 371.519km/h) on his second lap of Day 4 of practice.

Second through ninth were covered by less than a tenth of a second with the top 12 all setting a lap at an average speed exceeding 230mph, as turbos were turned up to 1.4 bar in preparation for qualifying.

Rounding out the top five were 2017 race winner Takuma Sato (#30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda), Spencer Pigot (#21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet), and Ryan Hunter-Reay (#38 Andretti Autosport Honda).

Will Power (#12 Team Penske Chevrolet) was 11th, Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) was 16th, and James Davison (#33 DCR w/ Byrd-Hollinger-Belardi Honda) was 23rd.

Ed Jones pic: Ed Carpenter Racing Twitter

Having missed the day prior as McLaren Racing built up a spare chassis, Fernando Alonso put the #66 Chevrolet into 24th position.

In terms of non-towed laps, Jones remained the pace-setter with a 230.106mph (370.320km/h) effort in the #63 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, just ahead of Ed Carpenter himself (#20 Chevrolet) at 229.879mph (369.954km/h).

Power was fourth fastest on non-tows, Dixon eighth, Davison 20th, and Alonso 30th.

Kyle Kaiser produced the day’s major incident when he clouted the wall at Turn 3 in the #32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet, although the 22-year-old was thankfully uninjured.

Graham Rahal would later get away with a touch of the wall exiting Turn 1 in the #15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda.

Practice resumes tonight at 0800 local time (2200 AEST), leading into the first day of qualifying under the new-for-2019 format.

Results: Practice: Day 4

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Time Avg speed Laps
mph km/h
1 25 Conor Daly D/H/F 0:38.8426 231.704 372.891 57
2 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F 0:38.9862 230.851 371.519 42
3 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F 0:39.0024 230.755 371.364 54
4 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F 0:39.0504 230.471 370.907 25
5 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 0:39.0513 230.466 370.899 43
6 20 Ed Carpenter D/C/F 0:39.0696 230.358 370.725 26
7 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F 0:39.0750 230.326 370.674 15
8 23 Charlie Kimball D/C/F 0:39.0812 230.290 370.616 36
9 2 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 0:39.0827 230.281 370.601 42
10 63 Ed Jones D/C/F 0:39.1124 230.106 370.320 17
11 12 Will Power D/C/F 0:39.1200 230.061 370.247 38
12 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F 0:39.1285 230.011 370.167 21
13 24 Sage Karam D/C/F 0:39.1420 229.932 370.040 43
14 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 0:39.1512 229.878 369.953 46
15 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F 0:39.1527 229.869 369.938 50
16 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 0:39.1562 229.849 369.906 54
17 26 Zach Veach D/H/F 0:39.1627 229.811 369.845 48
18 3 Helio Castroneves D/C/F 0:39.1838 229.687 369.645 49
19 19 Santino Ferrucci (R) D/H/F 0:39.2025 229.577 369.468 30
20 7 Marcus Ericsson (R) D/H/F 0:39.2137 229.512 369.364 39
21 60 Jack Harvey D/H/F 0:39.2215 229.466 369.290 44
22 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 0:39.2244 229.449 369.262 41
23 33 James Davison D/H/F 0:39.2380 229.369 369.134 34
24 66 Fernando Alonso D/C/F 0:39.2451 229.328 369.068 77
25 88 Colton Herta (R) D/H/F 0:39.2852 229.094 368.691 26
26 48 JR Hildebrand D/C/F 0:39.3458 228.741 368.123 29
27 4 Matheus Leist D/C/F 0:39.3590 228.664 367.999 34
28 77 Oriol Servia D/H/F 0:39.3736 228.580 367.864 47
29 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F 0:39.3770 228.560 367.832 51
30 10 Felix Rosenqvist (R) D/H/F 0:39.3927 228.469 367.685 64
31 39 Pippa Mann D/C/F 0:39.4272 228.269 367.363 38
32 42 Jordan King (R) D/H/F 0:39.4658 228.046 367.004 56
33 59 Max Chilton D/C/F 0:39.5470 227.577 366.250 51
34 31 Patricio O’Ward (R) D/C/F 0:39.5581 227.513 366.147 38
35 81 Ben Hanley (R) D/C/F 0:39.7059 226.667 364.785 81
36 24 JR Hildebrand D/C/F 0:39.7284 226.538 364.578 5
37 32 Kyle Kaiser D/C/F 1:09.3212 129.830 208.941 1

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

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