Indianapolis 500 practice: Gabby Chaves leads for Dale Coyne Racing

IndyCar returnee Gabby Chaves was quickest for Dale Coyne Racing in Thursday's Indianapolis 500 practice session

Indianapolis 500 practice: Gabby Chaves leads for Dale Coyne Racing

Chaves's fastest lap of 227.961mph came on the third of the 66 laps he ran during the six hours.

He did not have a drive for the first part of the season, but has replaced Luca Filippi at Coyne for the two Indianapolis events and finished 17th in last weekend's road course race.

"It's only practice but if feels pretty good," Chaves said.

"It's my first time on top of the charts here in an Indycar.

"I'm pleased with the work of the team and the performance of Honda. Overall I feel like I have a pretty strong package.

"This month for me started 10 days ago when I found out I had a ride so I'm really stoked to be here.

"To be this competition feels really good. Regardless of my results, I want to be in IndyCar. A good result will help."

Townsend Bell, a veteran of many one-off appearances for the Indy 500, was second for Andretti Autosport at 227.593mph.

Honda drivers swept the top four with Bell's team-mate Carlos Munoz third at 227.589mph and Chaves's team-mate Conor Daly fourth at 227.524mph.

Ganassi's Charlie Kimball was the highest Chevrolet driver in fifth place followed by defending Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya and 2008 Indy 500 winner and four-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.

Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves was eighth in a Dallara-Chevrolet followed by eight more Honda drivers.

All 33 driver/car combinations entered in this year's Indianapolis 500 ran on Thursday, covering a total of 2563 practice laps.

Rookie Spencer Pigot took to the track with just 16 minutes left after his Rahal Letterman Lanigan team prepared a new Dallara-Honda to replace the one he crashed at Turn 1 due to a puncture on Wednesday.

He ran one installation lap to make sure all the hoses and fittings were right before climbing out of the car and shaking all the crew members' hands.

"It was a lost 24 hours for me and the team and I had to thank them for the job they did," Pigot said.

"It's good to know that it wasn't a silly rookie mistake.

"The car was destroyed and I feel bad for all the boys that had to work hard and put the car back together.

"I was fine but those are the guys that had to suffer and put in the long hours.

"It's not ideal to lose the track time we lost this week with the rain and then the crash but it was good to get a shakedown lap today.

"We will do as many miles as we can on Friday. The car ran good before the crash."

THURSDAY PRACTICE TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Speed Time Laps
1 Gabby Chaves Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 227.961 39.4804s 66
2 Townsend Bell Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 227.593 39.5442s 64
3 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 227.589 39.5450s 108
4 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 227.524 39.5563s 72
5 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 227.477 39.5644s 68
6 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 227.367 39.5835s 82
7 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 226.896 39.6657s 74
8 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 226.803 39.6820s 97
9 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 226.726 39.6955s 65
10 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 226.552 39.7259s 82
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 226.495 39.7360s 60
12 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 226.349 39.7616s 104
13 Alex Tagliani AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 226.272 39.7752s 44
14 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 226.252 39.7786s 86
15 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 226.247 39.7795s 51
16 Oriol Servia Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 226.221 39.7841s 127
17 Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 226.144 39.7976s 105
18 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 226.015 39.8203s 96
19 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 225.984 39.8259s 97
20 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 225.976 39.8272s 37
21 Sage Karam Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 225.923 39.8366s 62
22 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 225.581 39.8969s 97
23 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 225.436 39.9227s 92
24 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 225.321 39.9430s 95
25 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 225.302 39.9463s 78
26 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 225.044 39.9922s 54
27 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 224.874 40.0225s 85
28 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 224.729 40.0483s 77
29 Stefan Wilson KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 224.654 40.0616s 90
30 Matthew Brabham Team Murray Dallara/Chevrolet 224.345 40.1167s 97
31 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 224.220 40.1391s 3
32 Bryan Clauson Jonathan Byrd's Racing Dallara/Honda 223.679 40.2363s 92
33 Buddy Lazier Lazier Burns Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 222.546 40.4411s 56

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