Castroneves leads Friday practice
|By Matt Beer||Friday, May 21st 2010, 22:26 GMT|
Last year's winner Helio Castroneves was quickest on the final day of practice ahead of qualifying for the 2010 Indianapolis 500.
The Brazilian, who also took pole in 2009 prior to notching up his third Indy win, led a Penske one-two ahead of his championship-leading team-mate Will Power. Castroneves' top speed of 226.558mph gave him a lap time of 39.7250 seconds - 0.0226s ahead of Power.
But once again the star of the day was Fazzt's Alex Tagliani. While the team continues to strive to tie down the financial package to let Bruno Junqueira hit the track in its second car, its #77 entry is flying in Tagliani's hands.
The Canadian knocked Ganassi's Scott Dixon off the top spot early on today, and was fastest for a while before the Penske duo edged ahead. Tagliani retained third, ahead of Dixon, Mario Moraes showing strong form for KV Racing in fifth, and Thursday pacesetter Tony Kanaan in the top Andretti Autosport car.
The session passed without major incident, and despite fears that rain would ruin the day, in the event it caused several pauses but did not significantly interfere with the day.
Qualifying starts from 11am local time on Saturday, with positions 10-24 decided in the initial session before the fastest nine drivers go into a new shoot-out qualifying for the first nine positions on the grid. The final spots in the field are filled during Sunday's Bump Day qualifying.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Helio Castroneves Penske 39.7250s 2. Will Power Penske 39.7476s + 0.0226s 3. Alex Tagliani Fazzt 39.7960s + 0.0710s 4. Scott Dixon Ganassi 39.8533s + 0.1283s 5. Mario Moraes KV 39.8573s + 0.1323s 6. Tony Kanaan Andretti 39.8906s + 0.1656s 7. Ryan Briscoe Penske 39.9467s + 0.2217s 8. Marco Andretti Andretti 39.9475s + 0.2225s 9. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 39.9501s + 0.2251s 10. Townsend Bell Ganassi/Schmidt 39.9685s + 0.2435s 11. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman 39.9749s + 0.2499s 12. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne 39.9817s + 0.2567s 13. Hideki Mutoh Newman/Haas 39.9823s + 0.2573s 14. Mike Conway Dreyer & Reinbold 39.9894s + 0.2644s 15. AJ Foyt IV Foyt 40.0280s + 0.3030s 16. Paul Tracy KV 40.0386s + 0.3136s 17. Davey Hamilton de Ferran Dragon 40.0483s + 0.3233s 18. Raphael Matos de Ferran Dragon 40.0508s + 0.3258s 19. Vitor Meira Foyt 40.0781s + 0.3531s 20. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold 40.0861s + 0.3611s 21. Takuma Sato KV 40.1017s + 0.3767s 22. Bertrand Baguette Conquest 40.1049s + 0.3799s 23. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 40.1095s + 0.3845s 24. Ed Carpenter Panther/Vision 40.1108s + 0.3858s 25. Simona de Silvestro HVM 40.1123s + 0.3873s 26. Tomas Scheckter Dreyer & Reinbold 40.1470s + 0.4220s 27. Danica Patrick Andretti 40.1535s + 0.4285s 28. Jay Howard Sarah Fisher 40.1756s + 0.4506s 29. Mario Romancini Conquest 40.1942s + 0.4692s 30. John Andretti Andretti 40.2926s + 0.5676s 31. EJ Viso KV 40.2931s + 0.5681s 32. Milka Duno Dale Coyne 40.2966s + 0.5716s 33. Sarah Fisher Sarah Fisher 40.4435s + 0.7185s 34. Sebastian Saavedra Herta 40.4958s + 0.7708s 35. Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold 40.4995s + 0.7745s