Indy 500: Will Power leads Penske one-two in pre-qualifying practice

Will Power fell just short of breaking the 230mph mark when he set the fastest time in Saturday morning's final practice session before qualifying for the Indianapolis 500

Indy 500: Will Power leads Penske one-two in pre-qualifying practice

Power went to the top of the timing charts with a best lap of 229.808mph to leave him clear of Penske team-mate AJ Allmendinger's 229.086mph.

The duo were the only two to post times above 229mph, with third-fastest Josef Newgarden clocking a 228.609mph effort for Sarah Fisher Hartman.

Light rain forced a stoppage with just under half an hour remaining, and while the session briefly restarted with a couple of minutes left, only Sebastian Saavedra took advantage of the opportunity to run more laps. The Colombian completed a couple of exploratory tours before the chequered flag was waved.

Andretti Autosport, which has led the times during much of the past week, did not participate in the session.

Speaking on Friday, Marco Andretti said he was confident that he had already learned as much as he could before qualifying.

"I'll be in my bed tomorrow morning," he said. "You don't learn a lot [in the final practice session]. In fact, you can fool yourself.

"So I think we are close enough from our last couple of runs that we can just run it and qualify."

Pos Driver Team/Engine Speed 1. Will Power Penske/Chevy 229.808 2. AJ Allmendinger Penske/Chevy 229.086 3. Josef Newgarden Fisher/Honda 228.609 4. Graham Rahal Rahal/Honda 228.318 5. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Honda 228.029 6. Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy 227.978 7. Ryan Briscoe Ganassi/Honda 227.606 8. Scott Dixon Ganassi/Honda 227.254 9. Ed Carpenter Carpenter/Chevy 227.086 10. Dario Franchitti Ganassi/Honda 227.069 11. Tony Kanaan KV/Chevy 226.768 12. Alex Tagliani Herta/Honda 226.680 13. Takuma Sato Foyt/Honda 226.650 14. James Jakes Rahal/Honda 226.559 15. Townsend Bell Panther/Chevy 226.553 16. Sebastian Saavedra Dragon/Chevy 226.442 17. Justin Wilson Coyne/Honda 226.199 18. Simona de Silvestro KV/Chevy 225.963 19. Pippa Mann Coyne/Honda 225.880 20. Charlie Kimball Ganassi/Honda 225.816 21. Ana Beatriz Coyne/Honda 225.287 22. Tristan Vautier Schmidt/Honda 224.943 23. Buddy Lazier Lazier/Chevy 224.588 24. Michel Jourdain Jr Rahal/Honda 224.228 25. Conor Daly Foyt/Honda 223.121 All drivers use Dallara chassis 
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