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Pagenaud continues to set pace at Indianapolis

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Tuesday 21st May, 2019 - 9:32am

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Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves, and Santino Ferrucci

Simon Pagenaud has backed up his pole position with the fastest lap in the second-last practice session for the 2019 Indianapolis 500, ahead of team-mate Josef Newgarden.

Team Penske drivers finished first, second, seventh, and eighth, with the top two both exceeding a 228mph average in race set-up.

Pagenaud (#22 Chevrolet) lapped at a best of 39.3975s (228.441mph, 367.640km/h) and Newgarden (#2 Chevrolet) at 39.4265s (228.273mph, 367.370km/h) during the two-hour session.

Helio Castroneves (#3 Chevrolet) went as quick as 39.5406s (227.614mph, 366.39km/h) and Will Power (#12 Chevrolet), last year’s race winner, 39.5639s (227.480mph, 366.094km/h).

Third in fact went to one of the three drivers who had to come through Last Row Qualifying as James Hinchcliffe clocked a 39.4748s (227.994mph, 366.921km/h) in the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda.

Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) was ever so slightly slower (39.4822s, 227.951mph, 366.852km/h), while Alexander Rossi (#27 Andretti Autosport Honda) rounded out the top five.

James Davison put the #33 DCR w/ Byrd-Hollinger-Belardi Honda into 10th position on the timesheet with a 39.5754s lap (227.393mph, 365.954km/h).

Marcus Ericsson (#7 SPM Honda) caused a Caution in the final 20 minutes when ran high and brushed the wall at Turn 3 after Felix Rosenqvist (#10 CGR Honda) checked up in traffic.

Ericsson was 12th fastest on the day and Rosenqvist ninth.

The last practice session takes place for 90 minutes on Carb Day, this Friday (Saturday 0100 AEST).

Results: Practice 8

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Time Avg speed Laps
mph km/h
1 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F 0:39.3975 228.441 367.640 88
2 2 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 0:39.4265 228.273 367.370 88
3 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F 0:39.4748 227.994 366.921 71
4 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 0:39.4822 227.951 366.852 86
5 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 0:39.5326 227.660 366.383 84
6 23 Charlie Kimball D/C/F 0:39.5353 227.645 366.359 70
7 3 Helio Castroneves D/C/F 0:39.5406 227.614 366.309 92
8 12 Will Power D/C/F 0:39.5639 227.480 366.094 94
9 10 Felix Rosenqvist (R) D/H/F 0:39.5754 227.414 365.987 84
10 33 James Davison D/H/F 0:39.5791 227.393 365.954 51
11 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F 0:39.5962 227.295 365.796 56
12 7 Marcus Ericsson (R) D/H/F 0:39.6405 227.041 365.387 76
13 60 Jack Harvey D/H/F 0:39.6582 226.939 365.223 84
14 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F 0:39.6887 226.765 364.943 82
15 20 Ed Carpenter D/C/F 0:39.6909 226.752 364.922 86
16 4 Matheus Leist D/C/F 0:39.6964 226.721 364.872 57
17 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F 0:39.7886 226.195 364.026 74
18 42 Jordan King (R) D/H/F 0:39.8023 226.118 363.902 61
19 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F 0:39.8040 226.108 363.886 50
20 88 Colton Herta (R) D/H/F 0:39.8185 226.026 363.754 80
21 19 Santino Ferrucci (R) D/H/F 0:39.8190 226.023 363.749 84
22 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F 0:39.8200 226.017 363.739 98
23 39 Pippa Mann D/C/F 0:39.8465 225.867 363.498 57
24 25 Conor Daly D/H/F 0:39.8470 225.864 363.493 82
25 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 0:39.8677 225.747 363.305 85
26 26 Zach Veach D/H/F 0:39.8815 225.669 363.179 74
27 77 Oriol Servia D/H/F 0:39.8947 225.594 363.058 65
28 48 JR Hildebrand D/C/F 0:39.8987 225.571 363.021 59
29 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 0:39.9071 225.524 362.946 71
30 63 Ed Jones D/C/F 0:39.9743 225.145 362.336 61
31 24 Sage Karam D/C/F 0:40.0892 224.499 361.296 53
32 32 Kyle Kaiser D/C/F 0:40.2007 223.877 360.295 78
33 4 Tony Kanaan D/C/F 0:40.4702 222.386 357.896 4
34 81 Ben Hanley (R) D/C/F 0:40.5362 222.024 357.313 84

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

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