Graham Rahal and Will Power to put directly before the Fast Friday


The weather forecasts predict that the next three days in Indianapolis will come accompanied with clouds and possible rain moderate, all coinciding with the Fast Friday, Bump Day and Pole Day. So, this Thursday, the last day with a forecast fully sunny, saw the 35 drivers who are struggling to run the Indianapolis 500 to carry out a shooting very intensive, although somewhat less than the previous day, and with objectives divided between those who have already figured out how to run and look for how to qualify, or those who rushed this last day without increasing the turbo to find race pace.

In that sense, the differences, or the lack of them, between the fastest time and the best without slipstream of each pilot were very interesting. Only one rider (Jay Howard) had a better time without rebufos slower than that of Graham Rahal, but that was not the goal of the american pilot, who has dramatically improved his shooting in traffic and with rebufos, and left it at the table, the best average of the day, a return of 226.047 miles per hour. Rahal, one of the three riders who gave more than 100 laps next to Hélio Castroneves and Zach Veach, topped by a bit of a Tony Kanaan that is giving very good sensations.

The above-mentioned disparity makes only three riders in the top 10 all were kept in that area in laps without consequence is referred to, and two of them follow the trend of previous days. The most complete in this sense, to the surprise of few, was Ed Carpenter, the sixth best without rebufos, skimming the 223 mile per hour average on his best lap, and the fourth best of the day, just behind a Marco Andretti that, without the lead this time, remains the strong man of his team in the times tables, although not the fastest without consequence. The “buddy” Carpenter, Spencer Pigot, was the third in discord, in the lower part of the top 10 in both categories.

For any of Dreyer & Reinbold, the day presented a face and a cross. The face was the fifth place of Sage Karam, one of the drivers with the best point of the grill, and the cross was the action most discreet J. R. Hildebrand, culminating with the first incident notable of the week during Happy Hour, when there remained only 20 minutes. The american pilot sufró some understeer on the exit of turn 3, just enough to lightly tap the back end of the barrier SAFER, first, and the wall of the intermediate, after, staying stopped in the exit of turn 4 with damage to its wing and suspension front.

Penske returned to the top 10 places with Josef Newgarden and Castroneves, but where it really shone was on the lap without slipstream. There, Will Power obtained the best average of the day with a lap of 223.971 mph, while Simon Pagenaud got the fourth best time, by over 223 mph. His time trial was not enough to beat the a Charlie Kimball that he commanded during a large part of the day in this table, focusing the rest of her day in simulations of career as many other drivers. Coyne also divided duties in this respect, with a remarkable seventh position Zachary Claman DeMelo and the second Sebastien Bourdais without rebufos, very close to Power, displaying his comfort with the setting of classification.


Chevrolet returned to enjoy a presence larger with seven cars in the top 10, finished off by Gabby Chaves, although in the table without rebufos the cast was balanced with the Honda. It influenced the work of the other two struts Andretti, Alexander Rossi (5th), and Ryan Hunter-Reay (8th), in addition to the Robert Wickens (7th). For his part, Oriol Servià returned to split their day, starting with a solid time without rebufos that allowed him to lead the session for several minutes, and looking for times with traffic in the second half of the day. Your best record with (223.641 mph) and without slipstream (221.950 mph) we were in an optimal 16th position, in the middle half of the table.

All the data collected until now provide very few clear perspective of who can fight the pole with guarantees and, above all, who may be in danger. Some constants make you think of Pippa Mann, Kyle Kaiser and Conor Daly, who continues to suffer to extract speed out of his car, as the drivers with the worst feelings in the face Saturday, but many others who have offered mixed feelings, as James Davison, Jay Howard or the own Claman DeMelo, could be caught out if the Friday and the conditions of the sabbath does not play to his favor. Morning, the rain allows, the Fast Friday will have a painting overall more complete.

Results of the third day of testing at Indianapolis

Pos Pilot Engine Best lap Without rebufo Vueltas
Graham Rahal Rahal Honda 226.047 219.368 102
Tony Kanaan Foyt Chevrolet 225.896 221.616 62
Framework Andretti Andretti Honda 225.584 222.714 (9th) 86
4th Ed Carpenter Carpenter Chevrolet 225.093 222.964 (6th) 97
5th Sage Karam , Dreyer & Reinbold Chevrolet 224.920 221.012 72
Josef Newgarden Penske Chevrolet 224.713 222.397 75
Zachary Claman DeMelo (R) Coyne Honda 224.665 220.903 60
Hélio Castroneves Penske Chevrolet 224.575 222.497 110
Spencer Pigot Carpenter Chevrolet 224.251 222.556 (10th) 86
10th Gabby Chaves Harding Chevrolet 224.180 221.800 73
11º Simon Pagenaud Penske Chevrolet 224.158 223.144 (4th) 87
12 Scott Dixon Ganassi Honda 223.973 222.092 98
13º Will Power Penske Chevrolet 223.971 223.971 (1) 90
14th Matheus Leist (R) Foyt Chevrolet 223.746 220.973 59
15º Sébastien Bourdais Coyne Honda 223.691 223.348 (2nd) 82
16th ORIOL SERVIÀ Scuderia Corsa / Rahal Honda 223.641 221.950 62
17º Jay Howard Schmidt Honda 223.606 218.882 73
18º Jack Harvey Shank Honda 223.556 221.646 94
19º Ed Jones Ganassi Honda 223.379 220.383 79
20º J. R. Hildebrand , Dreyer & Reinbold Chevrolet 223.351 219.986 57
21º Charlie Kimball Carlin Chevrolet 223.324 223.208 (3rd) 32
22 Alexander Rossi Andretti Honda 222.979 222.979 (5th) 84
23 Carlos Muñoz Andretti Honda 222.978 221.312 78
24º Robert Wickens (R) Schmidt Honda 222.886 222.886 (7th) 63
25th Kyle Kaiser (R) Juncos Chevrolet 222.760 220.818 91
26º Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Honda 222.716 222.716 (8th) 92
27 Max Chilton Carlin Chevrolet 222.667 222.129 45
28º Stefan Wilson Andretti Honda 222.396 221.409 96
29º James Davison Foyt Chevrolet 222.283 220.239 81
30º Danica Patrick Carpenter Chevrolet 222.216 221.402 68
31º James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Honda 222.157 222.157 83
32º Pippa Mann Coyne Honda 222.114 220.858 69
33º Takuma Sato Rahal Honda 221.776 221.774 89
34º Conor Daly Coyne Honda 221.583 220.852 89
35º Zach Veach Andretti Honda 221.343 220.367 106