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Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa-Chevrolet driver Ed Jones topped the overall speeds and the no-tow speeds on the third day of testing for the 103rd Running of the Indy 500 presented by Gainbridge.

The planned seven hours of running was cut 90mins short by rain and thunderstorms, ensuring Jones’ eighth lap of 37, set this morning, remained fastest at 227.843mph. That was 1.5mph faster than the best lap of 2017 Indy winner Takuma Sato in the #30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda, who beat Zach Veach’s Andretti Autosport-Honda by 0.6mph.

Sebastien Bourdais in the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan-Honda was fourth fastest ahead of the fastest rookie, Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s Colton Herta.

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Sage Karam was the busiest driver of the day in the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing-Chevrolet, turning 86 laps, and finished up just ahead of the continually impressive Juncos Racing-Chevy of Kyle Kaiser, which is still bearing no sponsor logos.

Spencer Pigot ensured two Carpenter cars in the Top 10, ahead of Scott Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda and the fastest of the Team Penske-Chevrolets, Simon Pagenaud in 10th.

Just ahead of Fast Friday, when the BorgWarner turbos are tweaked up to 1.4-bar boost in preparation for Saturday and Sunday qualifying runs, several drivers carried out qualifying simulations – low drag and without the aid of a draft from any other cars (IndyCar officially judges a car has a tow if it is within 10 seconds of the car in front – changed today from seven seconds).

In these speeds, too, Jones was fastest, clocking a 224.957, ahead of Pigot’s 224.887, Pagenaud’s 224.868, and Will Power’s 224.858. Next up were Charlie Kimball (Carlin), Marco Andretti (Andretti-Herta), Sato, Ed Carpenter, Josef Newgarden (Penske) and Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s rookie Marcus Ericsson.

The only entry not to hit the track today was Fernando Alonso, whose McLaren Racing team is building up the John Cummiskey/Carlin-built car, following the F1 legend's shunt in the McLaren UK-built original. 

Session results:

 
Cla # Driver Team Time Gap Mph
1 63 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones Ed Carpenter Racing 39.5008   227.843
2 30 Japan Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 39.7002 0.1994 226.699
3 26 United States Zach Veach Andretti Autosport 39.8107 0.3099 226.070
4 18 France Sébastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan 39.8238 0.3230 225.996
5 88 United States Colton Herta Harding Steinbrenner Racing 39.9188 0.4180 225.458
6 24 United States Sage Karam Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 39.9289 0.4281 225.401
7 32 United States Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing 39.9298 0.4290 225.396
8 21 United States Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing 39.9406 0.4398 225.335
9 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 39.9467 0.4459 225.300
10 22 France Simon Pagenaud Team Penske 39.9545 0.4537 225.256
11 3 Brazil Helio Castroneves Team Penske 39.9747 0.4739 225.142
12 33 Australia James Davison Dale Coyne Racing with Byrd and Belardi 39.9886 0.4878 225.064
13 20 United States Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing 39.9933 0.4925 225.038
14 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 40.0252 0.5244 224.858
15 59 United Kingdom Max Chilton Carlin 40.0353 0.5345 224.802
16 23 United States Charlie Kimball Carlin 40.0361 0.5353 224.797
17 98 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajani 40.0408 0.5400 224.771
18 48 United States J.R. Hildebrand Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 40.0924 0.5916 224.481
19 25 United States Conor Daly Andretti Autosport 40.0927 0.5919 224.480
20 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 40.1060 0.6052 224.405
21 2 United States Josef Newgarden Team Penske 40.1171 0.6163 224.343
22 27 United States Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport 40.1391 0.6383 224.220
23 31 Mexico Patricio O'Ward Carlin 40.1481 0.6473 224.170
24 15 United States Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 40.1547 0.6539 224.133
25 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 40.1814 0.6806 223.984
26 60 United Kingdom Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM 40.1817 0.6809 223.983
27 39 United Kingdom Pippa Mann Clauson-Marshall Racing 40.2111 0.7103 223.819
28 77 Spain Oriol Servia Team Stange Racing with Arrow Schmidt Peterson 40.3075 0.8067 223.284
29 42 United Kingdom Jordan King Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 40.3274 0.8266 223.173
30 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 40.3454 0.8446 223.074
31 4 Brazil Matheus Leist A.J. Foyt Enterprises 40.3644 0.8636 222.969
32 14 Brazil Tony Kanaan A.J. Foyt Enterprises 40.3893 0.8885 222.831
33 81 United Kingdom Ben Hanley DragonSpeed 40.4742 0.9734 222.364
34 10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing 40.5960 1.0952 221.697
35 19 United States Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing 40.8242 1.3234 220.457
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