Carpenter tops third day of Indy 500 practice as Alonso goes fourth

Ed Carpenter topped the third day of practice for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 as Fernando Alonso improved late on to finish an impressive fourth fastest

Carpenter tops third day of Indy 500 practice as Alonso goes fourth

Strong winds meant that far fewer laps were turned on Wednesday's third day of running that the previous two, although Carpenter's best lap was faster than the leading times from Monday and Tuesday's sessions.

Team owner Carpenter set the fastest lap of the day in his Chevrolet-powered car with an hour remaining, lapping at 222.894mph, to oust Ganassi's long-time leader Scott Dixon from the top of the leaderboard.

"I'm happy with the car, happy with the handling and I'm feeling comfortable," said Carpenter.

"We knew it was going to be challenging to go out there with all the wind, but that's why I thought it would be a good idea.

"We could have these conditions on raceday."

Dixon still ended up second and top Honda runner, recording a speed of 222.599mph - his laptime just 0.0536 seconds down on Carpenter's - as the New Zealander found himself sandwiched between Carpenter and his team-mate JR Hildebrand in ECR's second entry.

Behind them, Alonso turned his most eye-catching performance so far to end the day fourth in his McLaren Honda Andretti entry.

The Spaniard jumped to seventh within the final hour with an initial 218.375mph effort, eight tenths slower than Carpenter's fastest, before finding a further two tenths with half an hour remaining to record a lap of 219.533mph.

AJ Foyt Racing trio Conor Daly, Carlos Munoz and rookie Zach Veach grabbed fifth, seventh and eighth respectively - with Veach turning 46 laps, the most of anyone except for the ECR duo.

Max Chilton split Daly and Munoz with the sixth-fastest time in the second-fastest Ganassi entry, with team-mate Charlie Kimball ninth and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda's one-off third car for Jay Howard rounding out the top 10.

Only 14 of the 25 cars turned meaningful laps with Tony Kanaan, Graham Rahal, Mikhail Aleshin and James Hinchcliffe among a group of 10 drivers to completing fewer than 10 laps.

shares
comments
Andretti: Alonso picked 'ideal year' to make Indianapolis 500 debut

Previous article

Andretti: Alonso picked 'ideal year' to make Indianapolis 500 debut

Next article

Windy Indianapolis 500 practice conditions made car tricky - Alonso

Windy Indianapolis 500 practice conditions made car tricky - Alonso
Load comments
Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar Plus

Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar

One of motorsport’s worst-kept secrets is now out in the open, and Romain Grosjean has been confirmed as an Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver in 2022. It marks a remarkable turnaround after the abrupt end to his Formula 1 career, and is a firm indication of his commitment to challenge for the IndyCar Series title  

Why IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still far from over Plus

Why IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still far from over

OPINION: The 2021 IndyCar silly season has been one of the silliest for many years, as many talented drivers remain in play – with new pieces to the puzzle being added all the time. Here's what we know so far about who will end up where in 2022

IndyCar
Sep 15, 2021
Why IndyCar's generational shift isn't as stark as it appears Plus

Why IndyCar's generational shift isn't as stark as it appears

OPINION: The rise of two drivers racing only their second full-season IndyCar campaigns to head the points with four races to go has led to some observers doubting the credentials of the old guard. But they haven't faded away, there's merely a deeper talent pool that is helping to make this season one of the best in recent years

IndyCar
Aug 20, 2021
The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career Plus

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career

Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves

Formula 1
Jul 31, 2021
The lasting legacy of a fallen Indycar rookie Plus

The lasting legacy of a fallen Indycar rookie

Jeff Krosnoff was plucked out of obscurity to become a respected and highly popular professional in Japan, and then got his big break in Indycar for 1996. But a tragic accident at Toronto 25 years ago cut short a promising career and curtailed his regular team-mate Mauro Martini's passion for racing

IndyCar
Jul 14, 2021
The two key areas where Dixon needs to re-assert his authority Plus

The two key areas where Dixon needs to re-assert his authority

OPINION: Having been Chip Ganassi Racing's IndyCar focal point for the best part of a decade, Scott Dixon has been so far outgunned by new team-mate Alex Palou in 2021. After finishing behind the Spaniard at his traditional happy hunting ground at Mid-Ohio, Dixon has work to do to assume his traditional position in the team and the standings

IndyCar
Jul 6, 2021
The winners and losers of IndyCar 2021 so far Plus

The winners and losers of IndyCar 2021 so far

At the halfway point in the 2021 IndyCar Series season, we've had seven winners in eight races, spread between five teams – none of them Team Penske. In this unusual season, even by IndyCar standards, who’s excelling and who’s dragging their heels?

IndyCar
Jun 18, 2021
Castroneves: How I kept it under control to make Indy 500 history Plus

Castroneves: How I kept it under control to make Indy 500 history

Helio Castroneves’ overwhelming vivaciousness outside the cockpit belies a hardcore racer who knows how to plot his moves – and then recall it all. A day after his fourth Indy 500 win, he explained his tactics

IndyCar
Jun 2, 2021