Sport Indy 500: Castroneves fastest in the afternoon, Pagenaud tops Day 1

03:51  16 may  2018
03:51  16 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Castroneves says 2018 IndyCar demands more finesse

  Castroneves says 2018 IndyCar demands more finesse Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, preparing for his first Indy as a part-time IndyCar driver, admitted learning the new-for-2018 aerokit has been difficult although he says the team has been a big help in the transition. Castroneves was switched to Penske’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship program with the Acura ARX-05 this season, but has been  brought back to race a fourth IndyCar for the Grand Prix (in which he finished sixth) and the 102nd running of the Indy 500. He said that the series switch from manufacturer aerokits to spec Dallara kits had made IndyCars more demanding.

A ROSSI REPEAT - With a win in his rst Indy 500 start, Alexander Rossi hopes to remain undefeated at Indianapolis . Helio Castroneves was the last driver to repeat as 2017 verizon indycar series point standings ( top 5 after 5 of 17 events). 1 . SIMON PAGENAUD Team Penske.

Searching for a fourth Indy 500 win to join another Team Penske great, Rick Mears, Castroneves logged a total of 72 laps across the afternoon -long session. Team-mate Simon Pagenaud is benefitting from tutorials from Mears and was second fastest after a busy schedule that saw him put

Helio Castroneves, Team Penske Chevrolet© Phillip Abbott / LAT Images Helio Castroneves, Team Penske Chevrolet

Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves set a 224.665mph fastest time to claim top time of the afternoon session, although his best effort was slower than that of Penske-Chevrolet teammate Simon Pagenaud in opening practice.

Castroneves, who is no longer fulltime in IndyCar and last won at IMS in 2009 took just 40.0597sec to lap the 2.5-mile course, beating local hero and two-time Indy polesitter Ed Carpenter by just 0.14mph, with Jay Howard’s Schmidt Peterson-Honda just 0.005sec further back.

However, Pagenaud cracked the 40sec barrier in the morning session and claimed fastest time of the day with a 225.787mph; in the afternoon he was 14th.

Castroneves leads final practice ahead of Saturday Indy 500 qualifying

  Castroneves leads final practice ahead of Saturday Indy 500 qualifying Helio Castroneves led a brief Saturday morning practice ahead of qualifying.Of the 11 who ventured out on track, Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves was the fastest with a lap of 229.505 mph – a lap that was also completed without a tow.

Four-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Sr. was honored during Legends Day festivities.[13]. Schedule. After the crew worked during the afternoon to prepare his back-up car, Hélio Castroneves was Simon Pagenaud led the speed chart on " Fast Friday," the final day of practice before qualifications.

Four-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Sr. was honored during Legends Day festivities.[13]. After the crew worked during the afternoon to prepare his back-up car, Hélio Castroneves was back out on Simon Pagenaud led the speed chart on " Fast Friday," the final day of practice before qualifications.

In the busy closing minutes, with slipstreaming going on all around the track, Scott Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda surged into fourth (fifth of the day) to displace Marco Andretti who was fastest of the Andretti Autosport-Hondas, and the last of the cars to nudge past 224mph.

Sage Karam got up to speed with seventh fastest, ahead of the Carlin Racing-Chevy of Charlie Kimball, the Harding Racing-Chevy of Gabby Chaves, and the Andretti-Honda of Zach Veach.

James Davison was an impressive 13th fastest in the AJ Foyt Racing with Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi entry, while Danica Patrick was 20th in her Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevy.

Josef Newgarden and Will Power, 15th and 19th overall, set their fastest times in Practice 1.

Carlos Munoz (Andretti) was 21st in his first IndyCar practice of the season and was the only driver to crack the 234mph barrier through the speedtrap heading into Turn 3. Oriol Servia’s Scuderia Corsa with RLLR car was 22nd and, like Stefan Wilson in 23rd, completed his refresher test.

Indy 500: Rain disrupts qualifying after 11 runs

  Indy 500: Rain disrupts qualifying after 11 runs Rain has struck Indianapolis Motor Speedway, after not quite one-third of the field had made their opening runs. Helio Castroneves, who was out fourth, set a 228.919mph average which held firm, 0.6mph faster than Team Penske-Chevrolet teammate Simon Pagenaud who had just completed his fourth lap when the rain started to fall hard enough to bring out the red flag.Spencer Pigot was also in the 228mph bracket for Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet, ahead of the fastest of the Hondas so far, Scott Dixon and Ed Jones in the Chip Ganassi Racing cars on 227.591 and 226.995 respectively.

Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves (No. 3 Shell Fuel Defending series champion and current championship leader Simon Pagenaud (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet) The 33-car field will have the opportunity to fine-tune their setups early Sunday afternoon , with practice from 12

His Indianapolis 500 career does not yet boast a top -five finish. Here is Pagenaud ’s Indy 500 record, and like Power’s, it’s not the best That leaves him third in points, 39 behind Pagenaud but three clear of Helio Castroneves and seven clear of Power.

Rookie and late entrant Zachary Claman De Melo was 31st for Dale Coyne Racing, although ahead of two of his teammates, Conor Daly and Pippa Mann, who completed just nine and 19 laps respectively, with bests of 215.926 and 214.731mph.

Howard made runs in James Hinchcliffe's car, while Matheus Leist only completed an installation lap in the #4 Foyt-Chevy.

The five fastest no-tow speeds in the afternoon were set by Carpenter (a 221.512), followed by Kimball, JR Hildebrand (Dreyer & Reinbold), Castroneves and Tony Kanaan of AJ Foyt Racing.

Driver, Team-Engine, Best Speed, Total Laps

1 Simon Pagenaud, Penske-Chevrolet, 225.787mph, 87

2 Helio Castroneves, Penske-Chevrolet, 224.665, 67

3 Ed Carpenter, Carpenter-Chevrolet, 224.523, 65

4 Jay Howard, Schmidt Peterson-Honda, 224.518, 69

5 Scott Dixon, Ganassi-Honda, 224.353, 51

6 Marco Andretti, Andretti-Herta-Honda, 224.217, 57

7 Sage Karam, Dreyer & Reinbold-Chevrolet, 223.998, 106

Indy 500: Castroneves fastest, Hinchcliffe bumped out

  Indy 500: Castroneves fastest, Hinchcliffe bumped out The 2016 Indy 500 polesitter James Hinchcliffe has been knocked out of the 102nd running of the race after a dramatic Bump Day saw him never get up to speed, as Chevrolets dominated, and Danica Patrick made the Firestone Fast Nine. Hinchcliffe’s Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda was the first car to take to the track after a 2h20min rain delay, and it produced only a 224.784-mph four-lap average, which sank down the time sheets.When all 35 cars had made their initial runs, several cars hit the track to either get into the Fast Nine shootout for tomorrow, or to bump back into the field.

Just look at who he’s mentored the last several years at Team Penske: three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves , 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power and “It’s a lot of fun to drive the Penske car,” Pagenaud said Tuesday afternoon after finishing the second- fastest in 500 practice.

Defending series champion Simon Pagenaud was a surprise to miss the Fast Nine, and Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves (No. 3 Shell Fuel Rewards Team Penske Boy Scouts of America Honda) was quickest in practice earlier in the afternoon with a tow, but was not able to top

8 Charlie Kimball, Carlin-Chevrolet, 223.921, 46

9 Gabby Chaves, Harding-Chevrolet, 223.640, 42

10 Zach Veach, Andretti-Honda, 223.551, 68

11 Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti-Honda 223.488, 97

12 Spencer Pigot, Carpenter-Chevrolet, 223.398, 75

13 James Davison, Foyt-Byrd-Hollinger-Belardi-Chevrolet, 223.346, 21

14 Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda, 223.305, 67

15 Josef Newgarden, Penske-Chevrolet, 223.229, 60

16 Robert Wickens, Schmidt Peterson-Honda, 223.133, 52

17 Sebastien Bourdais, Coyne-Vasser-Sullivan-Honda, 222.960, 51

18 Ed Jones, Ganassi-Honda, 222.848, 66

19 Will Power, Penske-Chevrolet, 222.839, 83

20 Danica Patrick, Andretti-Honda, 222.728, 91

21 Carlos Munoz, Andretti-Honda, 222.701, 74

22 Oriol Servia, Scuderia Corsa-RLLR-Honda, 222.697, 17

23 Stefan Wilson, Andretti-Honda, 222.524, 36

24 Alexander Rossi, Andretti-Honda, 222.471, 93

25 JR Hildebrand, Dreyer & Reinbold-Chevrolet, 222.256, 56

26 James Hinchliffe, Schmidt Peterson-Honda, 221.900, 64

27 Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda, 221.671 75

28 Jack Harvey, Shank-Schmidt Peterson-Honda, 221.500, 107

29 Tony Kanaan, Foyt-Chevrolet, 221.412, 12

30 Max Chilton, Carlin-Chevrolet, 221.311, 61

31 Zachary Claman De Melo, Coyne-Honda, 221.089, 16

32 Kyle Kaiser, Juncos-Chevrolet, 220.707, 45

33 Jay Howard, Schmidt Peterson-Honda #5, 219.648, 61

34 Conor Daly, Coyne-Honda, 215.926, 9

35 Pippa Mann, Coyne-Honda, 214.731, 19

Hinchcliffe “devastated” by Indy qualifying shock .
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda driver James Hinchcliffe says it is "devastating in every way possible” to be bumped out of the 2018 Indianapolis 500. A disrupted first qualifying for the Indy 500 had two rain delays and Hinchcliffe completed his first run on a green track with increased humidity also slowing the cars.That meant he progressively fell into the bubble for bumping and improvements from Oriol Servia and Conor Daly left Hinchcliffe – and Dale Coyne Racing’s Pippa Mann – in a battle to make the 33-car field.

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