While 4 of the 5 fastest laps in Practice Thursday for the Indianapolis 500 were turned by Honda drivers, those speeds were all with a tow, which means absolutely zero for qualifying.
Takuma Sato in Dale Coyne’s #51 Honda was fastest overall at 227.335mph to beat Scott Dixon’s speed of 227.335mph.
Rookie David Malukas, Sato’s teammate at Dale Coyne Racing, was third at 226.869 in the No. 18 HMD Honda. 2011 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year JR Hildebrand clocked in fourth at 226.846 in the No. 11 Homes For Our Troops/AJ FOYT RACING Chevrolet.
Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson continued his impressive preparation for his first start in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” by ending up fifth at 226.409 in the No. 48 Carvana Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Johnson was third fastest overall on opening day Tuesday. Practice was rained out Wednesday.
The real fastest speeds of the day (i.e. non-tow speeds) were turned by Chevy powered drivers, with Will power leading the way at 224.519mph.
Rinus Veekay turned the 2nd fastest non-tow lap at just over 224mph in his Ed Carpenter Chevy to just nip his team boss Ed Carpenter who went 223.858mph
Alexander Rossi was the fastest non-tow Honda driver was 4th at 223.656mph in his Andretti Honda, while Power’s Penske teammate Scott McLaughlin rounded out the top-5 non-tow speeds.
Weather may be top of mind for teams and drivers during practice from noon-6 p.m. Friday (live on Peacock Premium), as air temperatures in the mid- to high-80s and sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph will create tricky conditions on the 2.5-mile oval. Speeds also will climb on “Fast Friday” – the last full day of practice before PPG Presents Armed Forces Qualifying on Saturday and Sunday — because turbocharger boost levels are increased, adding an estimated 90 horsepower to the Chevrolet and Honda engines.
Teams will work on qualifying simulations Friday, trying to stay out of the aerodynamic tow that has produced the big speeds for the first two days of practice.
Thursday Practice Speeds
|Pos||No||Name||Time||Diff||Gap||Speed||Engine||No Tow Ranking||No Tow Speed||Team|
|1||51||Takuma Sato||39.5539||0.000||0.000||227.519||Honda||29||219.172||Dale Coyne Racing w/RWR|
|2||9||Scott Dixon||39.5891||0.0319||0.0319||227.335||Honda||11||222.415||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|3||18||David Malukas||39.6705||0.1133||0.0814||226.869||Honda||21||220.445||Dale Coyne Racing with HMD|
|4||11||JR Hildebrand||39.6745||0.1173||0.0040||226.846||Chevy||30||219.026||AJ Foyt Enterprises|
|5||48||Jimmie Johnson||39.7510||0.1938||0.0765||226.409||Honda||23||220.296||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|6||5||Pato O’Ward||39.8146||0.2574||0.0636||226.048||Chevy||27||219.552||Arrow McLaren SP|
|7||8||Marcus Ericsson||39.8342||0.2770||0.0196||225.937||Honda||24||220.171||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|8||7||Felix Rosenqvist||39.8604||0.3032||0.0262||225.788||Chevy||25||219.871||Arrow McLaren SP|
|9||60||Simon Pagenaud||39.8926||0.3354||0.0322||225.606||Honda||13||222.236||Meyer Shank Racing|
|10||33||Ed Carpenter||39.9125||0.3553||0.0199||225.493||Chevy||3||223.858||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|11||4||Dalton Kellett||39.9189||0.3617||0.0064||225.457||Chevy||26||219.664||AJ Foyt Enterprises|
|12||21||Rinus VeeKay||39.9542||0.3970||0.0353||225.258||Chevy||2||224.047||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|13||30||Christian Lundgaard||39.9559||0.3987||0.0017||225.248||Honda||14||222.048||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|14||45||Jack Harvey||39.9863||0.4291||0.0304||225.077||Honda||17||221.513||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|15||98||Marco Andretti||40.0061||0.4489||0.0198||224.966||Honda||28||219.248||Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Marco & Curb|
|16||26||Colton Herta||40.0128||0.4556||0.0067||224.928||Honda||10||222.754||Andretti Autosport|
|17||3||Scott McLaughlin||40.0396||0.4824||0.0268||224.777||Chevy||5||223.613||Team Penske|
|18||20||Conor Daly||40.0400||0.4828||0.0004||224.775||Chevy||8||223.439||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|19||14||Kyle Kirkwood||40.0428||0.4856||0.0028||224.760||Chevy||19||221.160||AJ Foyt Enterprises|
|20||10||Alex Palou||40.0810||0.5238||0.0382||224.545||Honda||22||220.439||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|21||12||Will Power||40.1204||0.5632||0.0394||224.325||Chevy||1||224.325||Team Penske|
|22||06||Helio Castroneves||40.1250||0.5678||0.0046||224.299||Honda||12||222.261||Meyer Shank Racing|
|23||28||Romain Grosjean||40.1352||0.5780||0.0102||224.242||Honda||31||218.799||Andretti Autosport|
|24||77||Callum Ilott||40.1742||0.6170||0.0390||224.024||Chevy||16||221.894||Juncos Hollinger Racing|
|25||6||Juan Pablo Montoya||40.1754||0.6182||0.0012||224.018||Chevy||230.214||197.724||Arrow McLaren SP|
|26||23||Santino Ferrucci||40.1932||0.6360||0.0178||223.918||Chevy||18||221.353||Dreyer & Reinbold|
|27||15||Graham Rahal||40.2140||0.6568||0.0208||223.803||Honda||15||221.922||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|28||27||Alexander Rossi||40.2403||0.6831||0.0263||223.656||Honda||4||223.656||Andretti Autosport|
|29||1||Tony Kanaan||40.2503||0.6931||0.0100||223.601||Honda||20||220.588||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|30||24||Sage Karam||40.2584||0.7012||0.0081||223.556||Chevy||6||223.556||Dreyer & Reinbold|
|31||2||Josef Newgarden||40.2754||0.7182||0.0170||223.461||Chevy||7||223.461||Team Penske|
|32||29||Devlin DeFrancesco||40.3239||0.7667||0.0485||223.193||Honda||9||223.193||Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport|
|33||25||Stefan Wilson||40.5254||0.9682||0.2015||222.083||Chevy||32||217.971||DragonSpeed/Cusick Motorsports|