Helio Castroneves fastest in final Indianapolis 500 practice

Helio Castroneves topped a rain-shortened final Indianapolis 500 practice session before qualifying for the IndyCar showpiece event on Saturday

Helio Castroneves fastest in final Indianapolis 500 practice

Castroneves was in the second practice group, which had its track time cut by 10 minutes due to the weather.

But he still managed to run long enough to post a tow-assisted 233.474mph lap, the fastest of the month so far.

JR Hildebrand, who was in the first group, finished up second-fastest at 232.985mph, and was the lone interloper among an otherwise all-Penske top five: immediately behind him were Simon Pagenaud, Will Power and Juan Pablo Montoya.

Schmidt's James Hinchcliffe was fastest of the Honda-powered drivers, and sixth-fastest overall, at 231.649mph.

Further weather disruptions are possible during qualifying, with radars indicating that showers are expected to move through the Indianapolis area in the hours ahead.

SATURDAY MORNING PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Speed
1 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 38.5482s 233.474
2 J.R. Hildebrand CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 38.6291s 232.985
3 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 38.8068s 231.918
4 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 38.8086s 231.907
5 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 38.8382s 231.731
6 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 38.8519s 231.649
7 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 38.8534s 231.640
8 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda 38.9030s 231.345
9 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 38.9462s 231.088
10 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 38.9490s 231.071
11 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 38.9680s 230.959
12 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 39.0178s 230.664
13 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 39.0334s 230.572
14 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 39.0390s 230.539
15 Townsend Bell Dreyer and Reinbold Dallara/Chevrolet 39.0496s 230.476
16 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 39.0605s 230.412
17 Justin Wilson Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 39.0714s 230.348
18 Ed Carpenter CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 39.0820s 230.285
19 Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 39.1222s 230.048
20 Sebastian Saavedra Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 39.1423s 229.930
21 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 39.1428s 229.927
22 Oriol Servia Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 39.1796s 229.711
23 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 39.1847s 229.681
24 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet 39.1859s 229.674
25 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 39.2018s 229.581
26 Alex Tagliani AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 39.2112s 229.526
27 Conor Daly Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 39.2551s 229.270
28 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 39.2627s 229.225
29 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 39.3129s 228.932
30 Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 39.3354s 228.802
31 Bryan Clauson KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 39.5229s 227.716
32 Buddy Lazier Lazier Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 39.8424s 225.890

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