Indy 500: EJ Viso fastest before rain ends 'Fast Friday' practice

EJ Viso led an Andretti Autosport sweep of the top three places on the timing screens in a rain-shortened Fast Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indy 500: EJ Viso fastest before rain ends 'Fast Friday' practice

The Venezuelan made the best use of the additional 10kPa of boost that was made available for the first time on Friday to post a fastest lap of 229.537mph, making him the only driver to have crept above the 229mph mark so far this year.

Marco Andretti and Carlos Munoz were best of the rest with laps of 228.754mph and 228.520mph respectively, leaving Penske's Will Power as the quickest non-Andretti runner with a 228.401mph effort.

Thunderstorms brought the session to an end with just over two hours of scheduled running time still on the clock, denying those who did not get their laps in early a last chance to fine-tune their set-ups before qualifying on Saturday.

However all but one of the confirmed entries managed to log at least some track time before the rain came. Missing from the action was AJ Foyt Enterprises rookie Conor Daly, who crashed heavily during practice on Thursday.

Meanwhile, 1996 Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier completed his refresher course just before the track was opened up for official practice.

The veteran went on to complete 18 laps in his family-run car, finishing with the 31st fastest time.

Pos Driver Team/Engine Time Gap Speed 1. EJ Viso Andretti/Chevy 39.2093s 229.537 2. Marco Andretti Andretti/Chevy 39.3435s + 0.1342s 228.754 3. Carlos Munoz Andretti/Chevy 39.3839s + 0.1746s 228.520 4. Will Power Penske/Chevy 39.4043s + 0.1950s 228.401 5. JR Hildebrand Panther/Chevy 39.5519s + 0.3426s 227.549 6. Oriol Servia Panther DRR/Chevy 39.6063s + 0.3970s 227.237 7. AJ Allmendinger Penske/Chevy 39.6129s + 0.4036s 227.199 8. Townsend Bell Panther/Chevy 39.6196s + 0.4103s 227.160 9. Dario Franchitti Ganassi/Honda 39.6336s + 0.4243s 227.080 10. Takuma Sato Foyt/Honda 39.6410s + 0.4317s 227.038 11. Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy 39.6496s + 0.4403s 226.988 12. James Hinchcliffe Andretti/Chevy 39.6506s + 0.4413s 226.983 13. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti/Chevy 39.6617s + 0.4524s 226.919 14. Tony Kanaan KV/Chevy 39.6787s + 0.4694s 226.822 15. Alex Tagliani Herta/Honda 39.6804s + 0.4711s 226.812 16. Ed Carpenter Carpenter/Chevy 39.6882s + 0.4789s 226.768 17. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon/Chevy 39.6938s + 0.4845s 226.736 18. Josef Newgarden Fisher/Honda 39.7576s + 0.5483s 226.372 19. Scott Dixon Ganassi/Honda 39.7944s + 0.5851s 226.162 20. Graham Rahal Rahal/Honda 39.7963s + 0.5870s 226.152 21. Justin Wilson Coyne/Honda 39.8155s + 0.6062s 226.043 22. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Honda 39.8489s + 0.6396s 225.853 23. Charlie Kimball Ganassi/Honda 39.8907s + 0.6814s 225.616 24. Simona de Silvestro KV/Chevy 39.9082s + 0.6989s 225.518 25. Ryan Briscoe Ganassi/Honda 39.9529s + 0.7436s 225.265 26. Pippa Mann Coyne/Honda 39.9863s + 0.7770s 225.077 27. James Jakes Rahal/Honda 40.0655s + 0.8562s 224.632 28. Ana Beatriz Coyne/Honda 40.0933s + 0.8840s 224.476 29. Tristan Vautier Schmidt/Honda 40.2921s + 1.0828s 223.369 30. Michel Jourdain Jr Rahal/Honda 40.3107s + 1.1014s 223.266 31. Buddy Lazier Lazier/Chevy 40.4560s + 1.2467s 222.464 32. Sebastian Saavedra Dragon/Chevy 40.5173s + 1.3080s 222.127 All drivers use Dallara chassis 
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