Honda is still in the lead, with Chilton, and breaking, with Servià


The drivers and teams of the IndyCar have had no rest after the intense weekend of sorting, and it is that, this Monday, has disputed the penultimate practice session before the celebration of the 500 miles of Indianapolis. Today, a session with a fabulous time, sunny and with little wind, I was scheduled only to last for three and a half hours, due to the testing of Indy Lights, and the fact of being a session subsequent to the classification.

In it, all the pilots have already set the focus on the appointment of the Sunday. With the pressure of the turbo back to their normal values, and with engines that have received today their final push before being replaced this week, we have seen numerous groups and rows to start to prepare the loads and the setups required. However, the first few minutes of the session allowed us to see a good average of speed-based rebufos. It is as well as Max Chilton, which will be out 15th Sunday, has obtained the best time with an average of 228.592 miles per hour. After him, Ed Jones, eleventh on the grid, which exceeded also the 228 mph, confirming the good form of Coyne; and the poleman Scott Dixon, which did not seem to affect her unfortunate encounter with a few thugs last night to complete his program and finish third.

Chilton was the sixth pilot to the most laps completed, with a total of 108, in a ranking led by Jack Harvey, in need of shooting, with 124. Only two of his pseudo-partner in Andretti has been Fernando Alonso, who bowled so intense from the first few minutes and searched the groups to finish to get acclimated to what they will face on Sunday. Without the speed a priority after classifying fifth yesterday, his best average 226.147 located in the twelfth position. Much further back, the focus was on James Davison, who completed his first laps at the wheel of the car #18 Dale Coyne, replacing Sébastien Bourdais. The australian, who will start from the last position in his third Indy 500, soon to pick up the pace, gave 88 laps and finished on the 28th with an average of 223.670.

Honda has once again put their domain in terms of pure speed is concerned. If yesterday managed to copy 14 of the first 17 positions on the grid, today the balance has been 16 cars among the 21 first. However, the reliability of the engine has been again called into question after Oriol Servià suffered a striking break at the exit of turn 4. The Catalan driver was able to get the car to the pitlane, but this failure, the sixth of a unit of Honda in just a week, it meant the end of their journey. Servià could barely give 36 laps and get the 19th best average (225.389), but was pleased with the performance of your car up to that time.

all in all, today has been the last session of free long-lasting. Now, the riders are embarking on a journey almost circus for two days to the length and breadth of the united States, each one with destinations pre-programmed by IndyCar to promote the race. Thursday will be back to take part in two sessions dedicated exclusively to practice pit stops, and Friday will be the last opportunity to fine-tune your settings of the race with a one-hour session in the Carb Day.