Carlos Munoz becomes the first to top 230mph in Wednesday practice

In the draft, drivers put up the fastest speeds of the month today.

INDIANAPOLIS - 32 cars posted a time at IMS today as practice continues for the Indianapolis 500. The fastest of them all was the 23-year-old Colombian, Carlos Munoz. The Andretti Autosport Honda driver topped the charts at 230.121mph, the quickest lap of the month.

Townsend Bell put up the second-best time at 228.969mph, just ahead of Tony Kanaan at 228.172mph. They, along James Davison, are the only four drivers to breach the 228mph barrier so far.

Two accidents

This day of fast speeds was not without big incidents, unfortunately. Helio Castroneves backed his No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet into the outside wall of turn one, going airborne. The car flipped over and landed upside down before turning back over on all fours (VIDEO). Thankfully, James Hinchcliffe and Sebastian Saavedra were able to avoid the car. Castroneves emerged from the wreckage okay and returned to the track with ten minutes remaining in the day.

In the final hour of practice, Pippa Mann got out of the groove while following Marco Andretti in the fourth corner, sliding sideways and backwards into the inside barrier before hitting the end of the pit wall. The second impact sent the car spinning violently before striking the outside wall (VIDEO). She was also okay.

Takuma Sato pulled to the side of the track with issues towards the very end of the session that saw a close-call with Stefano Coletti getting high, but he managed to keep it out of the wall.

Simona de Silvestro, who saw her car burn after a fuel leak yesterday (VIDEO), did not take part in today's action as her No. 29 Andretti Autorsport Honda is repaird. Buddy Lazier has yet to make a lap in practice this week, but it is believed we will see him tomorrow. Sebastien Bourdais also made five laps in his teammate Bryan Clauson's car.

 Cla   No.   Driver   Engine   Time   Margin   Laps 
26  Carlos Muñoz Honda 39.1098   88
24  Townsend Bell Chevrolet 39.3066 0.1968 57
10  Tony Kanaan Chevrolet 39.4439 0.3341 64
19  James Davison Honda 39.4663 0.3565 86
Sage Karam Chevrolet 39.5046 0.3948 91
Scott Dixon Chevrolet 39.5561 0.4463 59
22  Simon Pagenaud Chevrolet 39.5643 0.4545 66
Will Power Chevrolet 39.5865 0.4767 70
27  Marco Andretti Honda 39.5917 0.4819 86
10  J.Hinchcliffe Honda 39.5930 0.4832 84
11  28  Ryan Hunter-Reay Honda 39.6190 0.5092 76
12  98  Gabby Chaves Honda 39.6312 0.5214 83
13  J.R. Hildebrand Chevrolet 39.6749 0.5651 44
14  20  Ed Carpenter Chevrolet 39.7048 0.5950 52
15  H.Castroneves Chevrolet 39.7053 0.5955 12
16  15  Graham Rahal Honda 39.7069 0.5971 80
17  J.P.Montoya Chevrolet 39.7070 0.5972 41
18  43  Conor Daly Honda 39.7150 0.6052 41
19  25  Justin Wilson Honda 39.7246 0.6148 65
20  83  Charlie Kimball Chevrolet 39.7439 0.6341 93
21  63  Pippa Mann Honda 39.7701 0.6603 64
22  17  S.Saavedra Chevrolet 39.7729 0.6631 74
23  14  Takuma Sato Honda 39.7977 0.6879 92
24  James Jakes Honda 39.8151 0.7053 102
25  41  Jack Hawksworth Honda 39.8226 0.7128 88
26  21  Josef Newgarden Chevrolet 39.8844 0.7746 69
27  32  Oriol Servià Honda 39.9495 0.8397 59
28  11  S.Bourdais Chevrolet 40.0370 0.9272 53
29  Stefano Coletti Chevrolet 40.1139 1.0041 40
30  18  Carlos Huertas Honda 40.2253 1.1155 55
31  88  Bryan Clauson Chevrolet 40.3866 1.2768 97
32  88  S.Bourdais Chevrolet 40.7967 1.6869 5
33  48  Alex Tagliani Honda 40.8066 1.6968 10

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Series IndyCar
Event Indy 500
Sub-event Wednesday practice
Track Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Pippa Mann , Carlos Munoz
Article type Practice report
Tags andretti autosport