Alonso tops rookie and refreshers test for Indy 500

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Alonso tops rookie and refreshers test for Indy 500
David Malsher
By: David Malsher
May 15, 2017, 6:21 PM

Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso put the McLaren Honda Andretti #29 entry top in the two-hour rookies and refreshers test that opened practice for the 101st Indianapolis 500.

Fernando Alonso, Andretti Autosport Honda
Fernando Alonso, Andretti Autosport Honda
Oriol Servia, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
Ed Jones, Dale Coyne Racing Honda
Sebastian Saavedra
Fernando Alonso, Andretti Autosport Honda

Alonso completed 36 laps of the course with a best of 221.634mph coming on his 26th tour. That is a 40.6074sec lap of the iconic 2.5-mile oval.

Oriol Servia completed a Spanish 1-2 driving the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda, his best being a 220.759mph from 33 laps.

Ed Jones, IndyCar’s only full-time rookie in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series, was third fastest for Dale Coyne Racing-Honda with a 219.288mph lap, while veteran Jay Howard was fourth in the third Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry.

Debutant IndyCar team Juncos Racing saw one of its drivers, Sebastian Saavedra clock 216.598 in the Chevrolet-powered #17 entry, and he soon completed the three phases of his refresher program.

Andretti Autosport’s sixth entry, driven by two-time Indy Lights championship runner-up Jack Harvey, was sixth quickest on 214.353.

Zach Veach, driving the third AJ Foyt Racing entry, made only a warm-up run before the session ended.

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