IndyCar Series 2017
SPEEDWAY, Ind., (May 19, 2017) – “Fast Friday” lived up to its name today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as Honda drivers dominated the speed chart in the final day of practice before qualifying begins Saturday for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.
With turbocharger boost turned up to the higher, qualifying levels permitted by series rules, Honda drivers led by Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais claimed the top four speeds after five days of practice. Honda drivers and teams also claimed 11 of the top 12 positions today, despite mid-afternoon rain that caused a halt in the action for approximately two and a half hours of the six-hour session.
Following Bourdais in second through fourth were Andretti Autosport teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay, Takuma Sato and two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso. The 2016 pole winner, James Hinchcliffe, made a big jump in speed on Friday to end practice sixth fastest for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, followed by teammates Mikhail Aleshin and Jay Howard, in seventh and eighth, respectively.
Another Honda rookie, Ed Jones, ended the week ninth overall, followed by the defending race winner, Alexander Rossi. Chip Ganassi Racing teammates – and previous “500” winners – Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon round out the top 12 for Honda.
First-round qualifying on Saturday will determine the contenders for the pole in Sunday’s “Fast Nine” shootout, with final qualifying then setting the field for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 28.
|1||Sebastien Bourdais (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|2||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|3||Takuma Sato (Andretti Autosport)|
|5||Juan Pablo Montoya (Team Penske)|
|6||James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|7||Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|8||Jay Howard (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|9||Ed Jones (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|10||Alexander Rossi (Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian)|
|11||Tony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|12||Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|14||Oriol Servia (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|15||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|18||Max Chilton (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|20||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|21||Pippa Mann (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|22||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|25||Jack Harvey (Michael Shank-Andretti)|