Team Penske breaches 227mph mark during Indy 500 practice

Helio Castroneves is now the fastest man in Indy at 227.514mph.

INDIANAPOLIS - Verizon IndyCar teams took full advantage of Tuesday's six hours of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Today, we saw a lot more drafting action and packs of five to eight cars.

The session was halted four times, all due to mechanical issues. James Jacks suffered an engine failure, Jack Hawksworth had issues with the brakes, and a fuel leak ignited a massive fire on Simona de Silvestro's car. The No. 29 Andretti Autosport Honda has sent left the track as the team works to rebuild their machine.

Finally, the session ended under caution as Andretti encountered more issues with Justin Wilson losing an engine. He was the fastest Honda in fourth at 226.688mph.

Helio Castroneves and Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud are the only drivers to top 227mph and led the way ahead of Ganassi's Scott Dixon, who put up a lap of 226.769mph. In comparison, Castroneves ran a 227.514.

"It was a good day," Castroneves said. "The Shell V-Power Nitro+ car was super strong, super solid, felt comfortable. Now we've got to just keep working with this new aero kit. Today was basically the second day that we've been working constantly, but I like what I see.

"Things are looking in the right direction. We're not focused on just the lap, we're focused on the performance of it all."

33 cars posted a time with Buddy Lazier being the only driver yet to make a lap, but isn't expected to until Thursday. As reported by Motorsport.com earlier today, James Davison has been selected to drive the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda and made laps in the car with 30 minutes to go in practice.

Marco Andretti also did some laps in his teammate Carlos Munoz's car, shaking down the No. 26, as well as his No. 27. He ran the most laps of anyone at 103 total (99 in No. 27, four in No. 26).

 Cla   No.  Driver   Car / Engine   Time   Margin   Laps   km/h 
H.Castroneves Dallara/Chevrolet 39.5580   72 366.148
22  Simon Pagenaud Dallara/Chevrolet 39.5809 0.0229 92 365.936
Scott Dixon Dallara/Chevrolet 39.6880 0.1300 61 364.949
25  Justin Wilson Dallara/Honda 39.7022 0.1442 89 364.818
24  Townsend Bell Dallara/Chevrolet 39.7317 0.1737 69 364.547
Will Power Dallara/Chevrolet 39.7538 0.1958 86 364.344
10  Tony Kanaan Dallara/Chevrolet 39.7540 0.1960 37 364.343
J.R. Hildebrand Dallara/Chevrolet 39.7569 0.1989 28 364.316
27  Marco Andretti Dallara/Honda 39.7607 0.2027 99 364.281
10  26  Carlos Muñoz Dallara/Honda 39.7880 0.2300 86 364.031
11  20  Ed Carpenter Dallara/Chevrolet 39.8503 0.2923 59 363.462
12  21  Josef Newgarden Dallara/Chevrolet 39.8892 0.3312 79 363.108
13  83  Charlie Kimball Dallara/Chevrolet 39.9172 0.3592 56 362.853
14  14  Takuma Sato Dallara/Honda 39.9393 0.3813 42 362.652
15  15  Graham Rahal Dallara/Honda 39.9519 0.3939 69 362.538
16  98  Gabby Chaves Dallara/Honda 40.0173 0.4593 91 361.945
17  Sage Karam Dallara/Chevrolet 40.0289 0.4709 47 361.840
18  28  Ryan Hunter-Reay Dallara/Honda 40.0385 0.4805 84 361.754
19  11  S.Bourdais Dallara/Chevrolet 40.0830 0.5250 84 361.352
20  J.P.Montoya Dallara/Chevrolet 40.0998 0.5418 70 361.201
21  32  Oriol Servià Dallara/Honda 40.1465 0.5885 82 360.781
22  63  Pippa Mann Dallara/Honda 40.1686 0.6106 62 360.582
23  43  Conor Daly Dallara/Honda 40.1926 0.6346 57 360.367
24  J.Hinchcliffe Dallara/Honda 40.2157 0.6577 68 360.160
25  James Jakes Dallara/Honda 40.3104 0.7524 62 359.314
26  26  Marco Andretti Dallara/Honda 40.3806 0.8226 4 358.689
27  Stefano Coletti Dallara/Chevrolet 40.4487 0.8907 48 358.085
28  41  Jack Hawksworth Dallara/Honda 40.4589 0.9009 25 357.995
29  29  S.de Silvestro Dallara/Honda 40.5107 0.9527 9 357.537
30  18  Carlos Huertas Dallara/Honda 40.5999 1.0419 45 356.752
31  17  S.Saavedra Dallara/Chevrolet 40.7122 1.1542 31 355.767
32  88  Bryan Clauson Dallara/Chevrolet 41.1296 1.5716 47 352.157
33  19  James Davison Dallara/Honda 41.8845 2.3265 15 345.810
34  48  Alex Tagliani Dallara/Honda 1'13.7995 34.2415 3 196.262

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Series IndyCar
Event Indy 500
Sub-event Tuesday practice
Track Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Drivers Helio Castroneves
Article type Practice report
Tags team penske