The Spanish Alex Palou finished fifth, while the New Zealander Scott dixon raised the speed limit of the traditional ‘Fast Friday’ at Indianapolis Motor Speedway by turning the fastest lap of the week, to 375 kilometers per hour, on the last full day of practice before qualifying and pole weekend of the 105th edition of the Indianapolis 500.
It was the second day of this week that Dixon, six-time champion and defending champion of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, topped the speed charts, also being the fastest on Wednesday at the wheel of the No. 9 PNC Bank Grow Up Great Honda.
The best lap of Dixon, which was the winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 2008, came with the benefit of aerodynamic support that drivers won’t get in single-car qualifying this weekend.
The American Colton herta, and the Brazilian Tony kanaan, who had posted the best time on Thursday, finished second and third, respectively. While the Swede Marcus ericsson was fourth, of the team Chip Ganassi Racing, Spanish companion Alex Palou, who finished fifth, and the Mexican Duck O’Ward, with Arrow McLaren SP, was sixth.
Two other Latin American pilots, the Brazilian Helio castroneves finished twenty-first and the Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya, the twenty-fifth, in an inning of 35 runners.
The 2016 winner, the American Alexander rossi, was the fastest driver running the 2.5-mile (4.02-kilometer) oval alone, leaving him a favorite to win the NTT P1 award for pole on Sunday.
The best unsupported lap of Rossi Friday’s was 231,598 mph (372,720 kilometers) in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AutoNation Honda.
O’Ward was third among the unsupported with 231,510 mph (372,579 kilometers) in the Chevrolet No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP.
Friday’s practice was the first with high boost levels in the engine’s turbochargers, which will continue until Saturday and Sunday for qualifying and pole. The extra boost added 80 to 90 horsepower and increased speeds by 8 mph (12,874 kilometers) since Thursday.
The classification takes place from noon on Saturday with positions 1-30 secured, while on Sunday the Fast nine shootout which will determine the NTT P1 prize for pole position and the order of the first three rows. The last chance classification will determine the three, of the five remaining cars, that will complete the start for the May 30 race.