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Default Honda Racing: Honda Strong Again During ?Fast Friday? at Indianapolis

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  • Honda drivers, teams claim top four positions Friday, and 11 of top 12

  • Fernando Alonso ends practice fourth overall, fastest rookie

  • Qualifying to set the 33-car field takes place this weekend


"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.


Sebastien Bourdais (#18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda) fastest in Indianapolis 500 practice: "Yeah, there's never a bad day when you're at the front. Definitely happy with the way things turned out for us this week.  The car felt good. We tried a couple of [changes] and finished the session really happy with the speed and the car balance. Hopefully, it stays that way.  Indianapolis is a tricky place. When you get any sense of consistency through different conditions – sunny, shade, different track temps, humidity, wind – it always gives you confidence. You never know what's going to come at you the next day. I think tomorrow's [qualifying] is going to be another example of that. We'll just hopefully be able to deal with those conditions very well and, you know, make it happen when it matters, 'cause this is obviously awesome."


Indianapolis 500 Day 5 "Fast Friday" Practice
Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval), Indianapolis, IN
2016 Winner: Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) 166.634 mph average
Weather: Mostly cloudy, mid-afternoon rain, mild, humid, 78 degrees F


Indianapolis 500 Practice Results (Combined Monday-Friday):





















































































































































































































































































Ps.

Driver      



Team



Manufacturer



Best Speed



Day Set



  1.



Sebastien Bourdais



Dale Coyne Racing



Honda



233.116



Friday



  2.



Ryan Hunter-Reay



Andretti Autosport



Honda



232.132



Friday



  3.



Takuma Sato



Andretti Autosport



Honda



231.969



Friday



  4.



Fernando Alonso-R



McLaren Honda-Andretti



Honda



231.827



Friday



  5.



Juan Pablo Montoya



Team Penske



Chevrolet



231.682



Friday



  6.



James Hinchcliffe



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



231.517



Friday



  7.



Mikhail Aleshin



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



231.446



Friday



  8.



Jay Howard



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



231.255



Friday



  9.



Ed Jones-R



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



231.252



Friday



10.



Alexander Rossi



Andretti Autosport



Honda



231.191



Friday



11.



Tony Kanaan



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



231.054



Friday



12.



Scott Dixon



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



231.016



Friday



13.



Helio Castroneves



Team Penske



Chevrolet



230.982



Friday



14.



Oriol Servia



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



230.887



Friday



15.



Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



230.769



Friday



16.



Will Power



Team Penske



Chevrolet



230.717



Friday



17.



Ed Carpenter



Ed Carpenter Racing



Chevrolet



230.712



Friday



18.



Max Chilton



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



230.636



Friday



19.



JR Hildebrand



Ed Carpenter Racing



Chevrolet



230.627



Friday



20.



Charlie Kimball



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



230.335



Friday



21.



Pippa Mann



Dale Coyne Racing                



Honda



230.103



Friday



22.



Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



230.007



Friday



23.



Simon Pagenaud



Team Penske



Chevrolet



229.973



Friday



24.



Josef Newgarden



Team Penske



Chevrolet



228.624



Friday



25.



Jack Harvey-R



Michael Shank-Andretti



Honda



228.426



Friday



26.



Sage Karem



Dryer & Reinbold Racing



Chevrolet



228.159



Friday



27.



Carlos Munoz



A.J. Foyt Racing



Chevrolet



227.956



Friday



28.



Conor Daly



A.J. Foyt Racing



Chevrolet



227.225



Friday



29.



Gabby Chaves



Harding Racing



Chevrolet



227.168



Friday



30.



Zach Veach-R



A.J. Foyt Racing



Chevrolet



227.082



Friday



31.



Sebastian Saavedra



Juncos Racing



Chevrolet



226.224



Friday



32.



Spencer Pigot



Juncos Racing



Chevrolet



226.170



Friday



33.



Buddy Lazier



Lazier Racing



Chevrolet



219.640



Friday


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