Sport Indy 500: Castroneves fastest in the afternoon, Pagenaud tops Day 1

03:51  16 may  2018
03:51  16 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Castroneves says 2018 IndyCar demands more finesse

  Castroneves says 2018 IndyCar demands more finesse Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, preparing for his first Indy as a part-time IndyCar driver, admitted learning the new-for-2018 aerokit has been difficult although he says the team has been a big help in the transition. Castroneves was switched to Penske’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship program with the Acura ARX-05 this season, but has been  brought back to race a fourth IndyCar for the Grand Prix (in which he finished sixth) and the 102nd running of the Indy 500. He said that the series switch from manufacturer aerokits to spec Dallara kits had made IndyCars more demanding.

The 2018 Indianapolis 500 (branded as the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil[6] for sponsorship reasons) was a Verizon IndyCar Series held on Sunday, May 27, 2018, at the " Indy 500 : Castroneves fastest in the afternoon , Pagenaud tops Day 1 ". Motorsport.com.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Team Penske topped opening day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as Simon Castroneves went 224.665 for fastest in the afternoon . The Brazilian was moved by team owner Roger Helio Castroneves will take a run at a record-tying fourth Indy 500 victory later this month.

Helio Castroneves, Team Penske Chevrolet© Phillip Abbott / LAT Images Helio Castroneves, Team Penske Chevrolet

Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves set a 224.665mph fastest time to claim top time of the afternoon session, although his best effort was slower than that of Penske-Chevrolet teammate Simon Pagenaud in opening practice.

Castroneves, who is no longer fulltime in IndyCar and last won at IMS in 2009 took just 40.0597sec to lap the 2.5-mile course, beating local hero and two-time Indy polesitter Ed Carpenter by just 0.14mph, with Jay Howard’s Schmidt Peterson-Honda just 0.005sec further back.

However, Pagenaud cracked the 40sec barrier in the morning session and claimed fastest time of the day with a 225.787mph; in the afternoon he was 14th.

Castroneves leads final practice ahead of Saturday Indy 500 qualifying

  Castroneves leads final practice ahead of Saturday Indy 500 qualifying Helio Castroneves led a brief Saturday morning practice ahead of qualifying.Of the 11 who ventured out on track, Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves was the fastest with a lap of 229.505 mph – a lap that was also completed without a tow.

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Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves set the fastest speed at the Indianapolis Gabby Chaves made it five Chevrolet-powered cars in the top 10 with eighth for Harding Racing Danica Patrick ended the day in 18th place, with Penske's Power, Newgarden and 2016 Indy 500

In the busy closing minutes, with slipstreaming going on all around the track, Scott Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda surged into fourth (fifth of the day) to displace Marco Andretti who was fastest of the Andretti Autosport-Hondas, and the last of the cars to nudge past 224mph.

Sage Karam got up to speed with seventh fastest, ahead of the Carlin Racing-Chevy of Charlie Kimball, the Harding Racing-Chevy of Gabby Chaves, and the Andretti-Honda of Zach Veach.

James Davison was an impressive 13th fastest in the AJ Foyt Racing with Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi entry, while Danica Patrick was 20th in her Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevy.

Josef Newgarden and Will Power, 15th and 19th overall, set their fastest times in Practice 1.

Carlos Munoz (Andretti) was 21st in his first IndyCar practice of the season and was the only driver to crack the 234mph barrier through the speedtrap heading into Turn 3. Oriol Servia’s Scuderia Corsa with RLLR car was 22nd and, like Stefan Wilson in 23rd, completed his refresher test.

Indy 500: Rain disrupts qualifying after 11 runs

  Indy 500: Rain disrupts qualifying after 11 runs Rain has struck Indianapolis Motor Speedway, after not quite one-third of the field had made their opening runs. Helio Castroneves, who was out fourth, set a 228.919mph average which held firm, 0.6mph faster than Team Penske-Chevrolet teammate Simon Pagenaud who had just completed his fourth lap when the rain started to fall hard enough to bring out the red flag.Spencer Pigot was also in the 228mph bracket for Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet, ahead of the fastest of the Hondas so far, Scott Dixon and Ed Jones in the Chip Ganassi Racing cars on 227.591 and 226.995 respectively.

Yesterday saw the opening day of practice for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 take place, with Simon Pagenaud ending the day with the fastest lap. Castroneves got close in the second session, but he could not usurp Simon at the top .

INDIANAPOLIS 500 : Day 1 combined practice results; Rookie orientation/veteran refresher results. Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud led the way Patrick’s teammate, ECR owner/driver Ed Carpenter, logged the fastest lap of the day without benefit of a tow from a car in front, 221.564 mph, in the No

Rookie and late entrant Zachary Claman De Melo was 31st for Dale Coyne Racing, although ahead of two of his teammates, Conor Daly and Pippa Mann, who completed just nine and 19 laps respectively, with bests of 215.926 and 214.731mph.

Howard made runs in James Hinchcliffe's car, while Matheus Leist only completed an installation lap in the #4 Foyt-Chevy.

The five fastest no-tow speeds in the afternoon were set by Carpenter (a 221.512), followed by Kimball, JR Hildebrand (Dreyer & Reinbold), Castroneves and Tony Kanaan of AJ Foyt Racing.

Driver, Team-Engine, Best Speed, Total Laps

1 Simon Pagenaud, Penske-Chevrolet, 225.787mph, 87

2 Helio Castroneves, Penske-Chevrolet, 224.665, 67

3 Ed Carpenter, Carpenter-Chevrolet, 224.523, 65

4 Jay Howard, Schmidt Peterson-Honda, 224.518, 69

5 Scott Dixon, Ganassi-Honda, 224.353, 51

6 Marco Andretti, Andretti-Herta-Honda, 224.217, 57

7 Sage Karam, Dreyer & Reinbold-Chevrolet, 223.998, 106

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8 Charlie Kimball, Carlin-Chevrolet, 223.921, 46

9 Gabby Chaves, Harding-Chevrolet, 223.640, 42

10 Zach Veach, Andretti-Honda, 223.551, 68

11 Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti-Honda 223.488, 97

12 Spencer Pigot, Carpenter-Chevrolet, 223.398, 75

13 James Davison, Foyt-Byrd-Hollinger-Belardi-Chevrolet, 223.346, 21

14 Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda, 223.305, 67

15 Josef Newgarden, Penske-Chevrolet, 223.229, 60

16 Robert Wickens, Schmidt Peterson-Honda, 223.133, 52

17 Sebastien Bourdais, Coyne-Vasser-Sullivan-Honda, 222.960, 51

18 Ed Jones, Ganassi-Honda, 222.848, 66

19 Will Power, Penske-Chevrolet, 222.839, 83

20 Danica Patrick, Andretti-Honda, 222.728, 91

21 Carlos Munoz, Andretti-Honda, 222.701, 74

22 Oriol Servia, Scuderia Corsa-RLLR-Honda, 222.697, 17

23 Stefan Wilson, Andretti-Honda, 222.524, 36

24 Alexander Rossi, Andretti-Honda, 222.471, 93

25 JR Hildebrand, Dreyer & Reinbold-Chevrolet, 222.256, 56

26 James Hinchliffe, Schmidt Peterson-Honda, 221.900, 64

27 Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda, 221.671 75

28 Jack Harvey, Shank-Schmidt Peterson-Honda, 221.500, 107

29 Tony Kanaan, Foyt-Chevrolet, 221.412, 12

30 Max Chilton, Carlin-Chevrolet, 221.311, 61

31 Zachary Claman De Melo, Coyne-Honda, 221.089, 16

32 Kyle Kaiser, Juncos-Chevrolet, 220.707, 45

33 Jay Howard, Schmidt Peterson-Honda #5, 219.648, 61

34 Conor Daly, Coyne-Honda, 215.926, 9

35 Pippa Mann, Coyne-Honda, 214.731, 19

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