Indy 500: Helio Castroneves top Carb Day as Honda has more woe

Helio Castroneves topped Carb Day as practice running for the Indianapolis 500 came to an end and Honda suffered another engine problem

Indy 500: Helio Castroneves top Carb Day as Honda has more woe

Penske driver Castroneves is looking for his fourth Indy 500 victory this weekend, and has qualified 19th for the race.

He topped the final day of practice with a tow-aided lap of 227.377mph, 0.5mph faster than Andretti's Takuma Sato in the best of the Honda-powered cars.

Tony Kanaan was third quickest ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate and Indy poleman Scott Dixon.

McLaren Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso continued his strong preparation for his Indy 500 debut with the fifth-fastest time.

Graham Rahal, 2016 Indy 500 race winner Alexander Rossi, Josef Newgarden, Juan Pablo Montoya and Ryan Hunter-Reay completed the top 10.

James Hinchcliffe was 14th in his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-run entry, but added to Honda's difficult month when he appeared to suffer an engine blowout after 29 laps.

On Wednesday Honda admitted it was still seeking answers for the reliability problems that have struck its engines throughout May.

Sebastien Bourdais and Charlie Kimball had problems in the Indy road course race before Graham Rahal, Bourdais (again) and Alonso suffered issues during testing for the 500.

HPD race team leader Allen Miller said at the time there was a common theme to most of the blow-ups during both the road course event and the 500 build-up.

INDY 500 CARB DAY SPEEDS

Pos Driver Team Car Speed Laps
1 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 227.377 28
2 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 226.802 26
3 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 226.757 27
4 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 226.685 29
5 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda-Andretti Dallara/Honda 226.608 32
6 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 226.386 34
7 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 226.355 25
8 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 226.203 31
9 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 226.187 22
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 225.903 30
11 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 225.848 38
12 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 225.691 32
13 Conor Daly A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 225.557 30
14 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 225.082 29
15 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 225.079 31
16 James Davison Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 225.018 34
17 Oriol Servia Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 224.969 20
18 Sage Karam Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 224.852 33
19 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 224.793 22
20 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 224.630 21
21 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 224.625 31
22 Jay Howard Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 224.541 31
23 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 224.526 26
24 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 224.372 41
25 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 224.347 28
26 Carlos Munoz A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 223.935 37
27 Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 223.688 30
28 Jack Harvey Michael Shank Racing Dallara/Honda 223.222 24
29 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 223.062 25
30 Zach Veach A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 222.579 29
31 Spencer Pigot Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 221.732 24
32 Buddy Lazier Lazier Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 221.397 29
33 Sebastian Saavedra Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 221.197 31

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