Thursday Recap from Indy (Update)

UPDATE Added today's times below. Note Fernando Alonso up to 4th quick almost the same speed as his two teammates in 2nd and 3rd.

05/18/17 All 33 cars made their appearance on pit road today, with only Buddy Lazier not taking a lap on the track. While Jay Howard (Schmidt-Peterson car) topped the speed charts with a 226.744 lap, it's doubtful that many of the rest of the teams trimmed things out for a pole simulation.

Tomorrow, the cars get the extra qualification boost. Rightly or wrongly, IndyCar feels the need to trim 1/4 second or so per lap to make a more exciting qualification event. So if the weather permits, look for vastly faster speeds tomorrow.

The other notable news of the day was the appearance of John Andretti. The long-time CART/IRL/IndyCar/NASCAR/NHRA driver (did I forget any?) was recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. As most people know, stage 4 is where it has spread to other body parts, and it's deadly serious. He's spearheading an effort to get us to have a colonoscopy once we're over age 50 — John found his during his first colonoscopy.

Tim Wohlford, reporting from IMS

Results

Pos No Name FTime Diff Gap FL Laps FSpeed Engine
1 77 Jay Howard 39.692 0.0000 0.0000 9 86 226.744 Honda
2 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 39.854 0.1613 0.1613 9 79 225.826 Honda
3 27 Marco Andretti 39.874 0.1819 0.0206 18 77 225.709 Honda
4 29 Fernando Alonso 39.890 0.1978 0.0159 74 96 225.619 Honda
5 2 Josef Newgarden 39.919 0.2269 0.0291 11 35 225.455 Chevy
6 24 Sage Karam 39.967 0.2747 0.0478 2 64 225.185 Chevy
7 83 Charlie Kimball 39.975 0.2826 0.0079 38 91 225.141 Honda
8 16 Oriol Servia 40.029 0.3366 0.0540 51 74 224.837 Honda
9 26 Takuma Sato 40.041 0.3484 0.0118 99 99 224.771 Honda
10 18 Sebastien Bourdais 40.049 0.3566 0.0082 14 40 224.725 Honda
11 7 Mikhail Aleshin 40.069 0.3769 0.0203 9 90 224.611 Honda
12 12 Will Power 40.078 0.3855 0.0086 28 103 224.563 Chevy
13 98 Alexander Rossi 40.089 0.3961 0.0106 9 72 224.503 Honda
14 22 Juan Pablo Montoya 40.094 0.4018 0.0057 6 50 224.471 Chevy
15 3 Helio Castroneves 40.106 0.4133 0.0115 6 117 224.407 Chevy
16 9 Scott Dixon 40.109 0.4167 0.0034 8 87 224.388 Honda
17 15 Graham Rahal 40.116 0.4233 0.0066 61 92 224.351 Honda
18 19 Ed Jones 40.119 0.4269 0.0036 61 64 224.331 Honda
19 14 Carlos Munoz 40.126 0.4340 0.0071 6 71 224.291 Chevy
20 20 Ed Carpenter 40.169 0.4771 0.0431 5 68 224.051 Chevy
21 8 Max Chilton 40.218 0.5251 0.0480 50 53 223.783 Honda
22 21 JR Hildebrand 40.249 0.5563 0.0312 40 72 223.610 Chevy
23 1 Simon Pagenaud 40.279 0.5869 0.0306 68 81 223.440 Chevy
24 10 Tony Kanaan 40.337 0.6441 0.0572 47 58 223.123 Honda
25 63 Pippa Mann 40.350 0.6577 0.0136 16 54 223.048 Honda
26 5 James Hinchcliffe 40.419 0.7261 0.0684 15 100 222.670 Honda
27 4 Conor Daly 40.428 0.7353 0.0092 6 67 222.620 Chevy
28 40 Zach Veach 40.456 0.7638 0.0285 36 37 222.463 Chevy
29 50 Jack Harvey 40.673 0.9803 0.2165 80 92 221.279 Honda
30 88 Gabby Chaves 40.841 1.1487 0.1684 71 82 220.366 Chevy
31 11 Spencer Pigot 40.871 1.1787 0.0300 24 73 220.204 Chevy
32 17 Sebastian Saavedra 40.991 1.2986 0.1199 14 37 219.560 Chevy
33 44 Buddy Lazier 17:39.609 1019.9170 1018.6180 1 1 8.494 Chevy

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