Indy 500 practice, day four 

Dale Coyne Racing dominates day four at IMS

Oriol Servia hangs close to the shoulder going around turn one - MIKE WILLIAMS
  • Oriol Servia hangs close to the shoulder going around turn one
  • Mike Williams

Dale Coyne Racing was the team of the day after practice session 4. Dale Coyne drivers Gabby Chaves and Conor Daly both took spots in the top 5 on the speed charts. Chaves had the fastest speed of the day with a top speed of 227.961. He reached that speed early in the day, on his third lap and the speed would stay on the chart until the checkered flag at 6 p.m. His teammate, Daly finished fourth on the speed chart with a speed of 227.524.

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“It's only practice, but it feels pretty good. It's my first time at the top of the charts here at IMS (and) in INDYCAR. Just pleased with the work the team has been doing. Very pleased with the performance that Honda has been putting out, as well. Overall I think we've got a pretty strong package,” said Chaves at the end of practice.

It was Honda once again seeing the highest speeds as Honda had four of the top five spots with Honda drivers Townsend Bell (227.593) and Carlos Munoz (227.589), both of Andretti Autosport, took second and third respectively.

Townsend Bell spoke yesterday after the session was over on the run he had: “Obviously [I] had a nice tow this morning, but worked a lot on race setup all day and made a lot of gains. Really proud of my team of guys that have come together to support this fifth car one-off entry with Andretti, and also really thankful to be part of a five-car program where there's so much information to learn and reanalyze what I do and all of that. Also the chance to run with them in traffic repeatedly is, I think, helping me a lot.”

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Chip Ganassi’s Charlie Kimball took the top Chevy speed of the day. Kimball finished fifth on the speed chart with a speed of 227.477. It was Honda who saw the better speeds overall taking six of the top 10 speeds of the day.

Oriol Servia, driving for Schmidt Peterson with Marotti Racing turned the most laps of the day with 127. Following Servia was Munoz (108), and Josef Newgarden (105).

Alexander Rossi once again had the top speed among the rookies with a top speed of 226.247 on lap 9 of his run.

Andretti Autosport remains on the top of the speed chart of the month with Marco Andretti (228.978) on top with Munoz (228.945), and Ryan Hunter-Reay (228.202) trailing behind.

Juan Pablo Montoya saw the first car related yellow flag of the day. His car stopped on turn 2 needed a tow in. Hunter-Reay was the only other car related yellow, as his car started smoking in turn 3. In total eight yellow flags during the practice session.

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The gates are open today for Fast Friday. Speeds will be up today as cars will see a turbo boost this weekend for qualifying. Fast Friday begins today at noon and runs until 6 p.m. Draws for tomorrows qualifying sessions begin at 6:15 p.m.


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