101st Indy 500 Practice Four: One Off Edition

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Indy 500 one off and Englishman with two first names Jay Howard topped the speed charts at 226.7 mph Thursday. The SPM pilot was followed by Ryan-Hunter Reay, the reappearing Marco, one off Fernando, Newkid – more on those two later – and yet another one off Sage “wild man” Karam. That’s three one offs in the top six!

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The non tow leaders included some equally surprising names like Sato, who ran 224.7 mph, and Charlie “pinball” Kimball at 224.6 mph. Rahal, Hunter-Reay, Carpenter and Dixon rounded out the top six as sanity returned further down the list. It seems Hondas had a decent day at the Brickyard.

Josef Newgarden suffered the second wall related incident of the month, getting loose and losing it in the exit of turn one while running in traffic. The Penske car bounced off the wall before sliding into the turn two wall and coming to a stop. Fortunately he was uninjured and other drivers we able to avoid the wreckage.

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Wednesday with its winds was one off day to be sure, but Thursday more than made up for it. Thousands of laps were turned in all as weather conditions improved considerably. Even 1996 Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier ran an install lap for the first time since last year’s 100th running.

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Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais blew another Honda engine during practice after retiring from the Indy GP for similar reasons. “The engine was almost new,” Bourdais said, “so clearly there’s an issue.” Rahal’s Honda let go on Monday, so maybe it wasn’t a great day for Honda after all. . . . F-ing F1 invader and one off Fernando Alonso was fourth quickest for the second day in a row in his Honda. If you like his driving, you’ll LOVE his sangria!

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