Best time of the month for Howard; Alonso and Servià among the top eight


The gale of Wednesday Indianapolis gave way to a Thursday, sunny and calm, with a wind, almost imperceptible. Conditions, therefore, ideal for workouts, on the fourth day of testing in the face of 500 miles. In a day of intense activity, the 32 riders who have competed these last three days have once again come close to the 2.400 laps in total, and even the veteran Buddy Lazier has been able to go out to the track for the first time in the entire month, if only to give you two turns of setup in the final hour.

With a Fast Friday that will increase the pressure of the turbos, and that are expected to last for water, today have recorded the best times of the week, in multiple groups and rows that have been mounted. Unexpectedly, the best of all of them he has been up to Jay Howard. This british pilot, who has only played 12 career IndyCar and does not compete in the championship since 2011, recorded an average of 226.744 miles per hour (39.692 seconds) at the wheel of the third car for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, sponsored by a cancer foundation animal of the ex-pilot of NASCAR and IndyCar Tony Stewart.

In total, seven drivers have surpassed the barrier of 225 miles per hour on average, or, what is the same, they have completed a lap at Indianapolis under 40 seconds. One of them has been Josef Newgarden, which achieved the fourth-best record before being protagonist unwanted day with the first severe accident of the week. Around 19:10 (Spanish time), Newgarden lost control of his car alone in turn 1 to follow a row of riders, and struck against the protections with the front and rear of your car, after which it is slid onto a third bump on the curve 2. The pilot of Penske came out of his car without major setbacks, although with minor aches and pains in one foot.

Fernando Alonso has been one of the drivers who have exceeded 225 mph. The pilot spaniard completed a day of testing very positive, mixing all the time with the groups and with the traffic the natural way, in addition to testing a first setup attempt with a low loading towards the end of the qualifying week. The best of his 96 laps placed him in the fourth position temporary, with an average of 225.619 mph. In addition, he achieved an average of 223.687 in a round without rebufos, the ninth best of the day, in a table that led his teammate Takuma Sato, with a 224.734. For his part, Oriol Servià began with a shooting more content and focused to roll solo, then join the groups. After 74 laps, his average of 224.837 mph has been the eighth best of the day.

in Addition to Alonso, Andretti Autosport has exhibited muscle of the hand Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti, escorting Howard in the times table with records close to 226 miles per hour. Beyond Newgarden, the drivers of Penske have not managed to record very high, although Hélio Castroneves has filmed more than anyone, 117 laps. For his part, Ganassi has had as its main exponent to Charlie Kimball in seventh position. The conclusions of today will be of great importance in the face of the race if they meet the weather forecasts, which give an 80% chance of rain for the Fast Friday and a 90% for the morning of Sunday.