Indy 500: Castroneves leads final practice on Carb Day

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Indy 500: Castroneves leads final practice on Carb Day
David Malsher
By: David Malsher
May 26, 2017, 4:20 PM

Helio Castroneves, who is seeking his fourth Indianapolis 500 win this weekend, ended the final practice before the race on top, as Honda suffered its ninth engine blow of the past 10 days, when James Hinchcliffe’s engine appeared to let go.

Team Penske’s Castroneves set a tow-aided lap of 227.377mph to clock a lap some 0.5mph faster than Takuma Sato’s best in the Andretti Autosport-Honda, with Tony Kanaan third in the Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda.

Kanaan’s teammate and polesitter Scott Dixon was fourth fastest ahead of superstar super-rookie Fernando Alonso in the McLaren Honda Andretti entry.

Graham Rahal was sixth for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda, fractionally ahead of defending racewinner Alexander Rossi.

Penske trio Josef Newgarden, Juan Montoya and Will Power were eighth, ninth and 11th respectively, with Andretti's 2014 Indy winner Ryan Hunter-Reay in 10th.

James Hinchcliffe was 14th in the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda but lost his engine after completing 29 laps.

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Series IndyCar
Event Indy 500
Location Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Drivers Helio Castroneves
Teams Team Penske
Author David Malsher
Article type Practice report