101st Indy 500 Practice Five: Not All Bad Edition


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Fast Friday was a day at the Speedway where if it could go wrong it probably did, although there were a few silver linings. For instance, happy hour happened despite rainfall for the second year in row. And even though a Frenchman was quickest, it’s this weekend’s qualifications that count.

After some limited action the rains came, delaying Fast Friday several hours while the track was dried. Happily it wasn’t as bad as last year’s downpour, as Conor Daly reminded us. Once the cars emerged on track, the crashes came; fortunately both drivers were all right. It was that kind of a day in Speedway.


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Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais ran quickest at 233.1 mph, with Ryan Hunter-Reay and his hyphen here to stay second quick at 232.1 mph. The Dale Coyne and Andretti Autosport cars were followed by two more AA entries in Sato and Alonso, who occupied fourth for the third day in a row. Penske’s “What’s wrong with” Juan Montoya – the lone Chevy representative in the bunch – rounded out the top five.


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The fast frog was fastest without the tow too at 231.1 mph, until RHR edged him out with a 231.2 mph run late in the day. AA’s 100th 500 winner Rossi, Ganassi’s decrepit TK and Fernando completed the top five without a tow. And without a Chevy. Incredibly, Hunter-Reay recorded a trap speed of just under 240 mph with today’s extra boost. This bit of gimmickry is a head scratcher – why only for one day? and why not for the race? – but it sure is fun to watch.


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In an ominous sign for one manufacturer and one driver in particular, Jack Harvey’s Honda blew up, billowing smoke as he entered his pit. The engine failure marks the Japanese manufacturer’s third such catastrophe of the week, a developing trend. While they may be fast, Honda teams surely must be growing more and more concerned as the month wears on.


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With an hour and half to go, the 11 car driven by Spencer Pigot got high in turn 2 and slammed the wall for the third such incident of the week. It was destroyed and fortunately Pigot wasn’t injured in what appeared to be a nasty hit for the Juncos Racing pilot. You may recall Pigot had issues with the wall last year at the Brickyard, as well.


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With twenty minutes left in the session, A.J. Foyt Racing‘s baby faced rookie Zach Veach lost it – or perhaps something broke – in turn 1, crashing his hideous purple ride into the wall. Twice. Luckily the twenty two year old Ohioan walked away, but the car’s trashed.

Buddy Update: The ’96 Indy 500 winner ran thirty laps with a top speed of 219.6 mph. He was 33rd and probably poses no threat for pole again this year.


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