Indianapolis 500 Practice, Day 5

TKSo much for a shortened day of practice. The weather forecast for today looked grim, and many of us thought we would be lucky to get an hour or two of practice in. While it was still chilly, the rain drops stayed away. After practice began around 12:45, it was busy until the checkered flag came out at 6 PM. All 33 cars hit the track on Thursday, turning a total of 2,516 laps. Helio Castroneves had the fastest one, at 227.166 mph, the fastest lap of the month so far. He was the first and only driver to reach the 227 mph barrier, which took place during Happy Hour.

While many drivers and teams had a good day, there were others that didn’t fare so well. EJ Viso lost an engine driving James Hinchcliffe’s car, and Mikhail Aleshin’s engine also went up in smoke. Both drivers were okay. Speaking of Hinchcliffe, the Canadian driver was cleared to drive again, and he did so just before practice concluded. Pippa Mann had a couple of stalls during the day, but it wasn’t anything major. Jack Hawksworth recovered from his crash yesterday and was able to turn one lap on Thursday in his new car.

Practice was adjusted later in the day to allow James Davison and Buddy Lazier an opportunity to have the track to themselves. Davison passed his ROP, and Lazier got 18 laps in for his refresher. Both drivers can now practice and qualify for the race.

Click here to see the official practice results from Day 5

Tomorrow is the final day of practice before qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 begin. Teams will be given an extra boost of about 25 horsepower, that will be used on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The 33-car field will be determined on Saturday, while the Pole will be settled on Sunday, with the Firestone Fast 9 shootout. ESPN3 will have coverage from 11-3 on Saturday, with ABC taking over from 4-6. On Sunday, ESPN3 will have it from 10-12, and ABC from 1-3 for the qualifications for the Pole, and the Fast 9.

Below are the highlights from Day 5 of practice, courtesy of IndyCar.

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