Marco Andretti tops fourth day of practice for Indianapolis 500

Marco Andretti is convinced that the Andretti Autosport team is in good shape for next weekend's Indy 500 after topping the fourth day of practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Marco Andretti tops fourth day of practice for Indianapolis 500

Andretti's 40.2367s lap was clocked at 223.676mph, putting him just ahead of Penske's Helio Castroneves (222.025mph) and his Andretti team-mate James Hinchcliffe (221.864mph), and he said that he was delighted with how his car was developing.

"I'm really pleased with where we are at with the race car so far," Andretti said. "I have just been really working on the car in a pack, and just trying to stay flat in traffic.

"We have the car to the point now that I am confident to say we would be the ones to beat if the race was today."

It was a tougher day for the race's high-profile rookies. Rubens Barrichello was left 29th fastest in his KV Racing entry, and said that he was struggling to unlock the car's pace.

"We are still trying different things but just can't find the speed," he said. "However, what was good today was learning to run in traffic, which I haven't really been able to do much of, and working out my lines. We have another day of practice tomorrow, so we will see what it brings."

Meanwhile, Fan Force United's Jean Alesi did not run at all after the team opted to do some work on his Lotus engine. The former Benetton and Ferrari F1 driver expects to be back out on track on Wednesday.

 Pos Driver Team Time  1. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 40.2367s
2. Helio Castroneves Team Penske 40.5359s + 0.2992
3. James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport 40.5653s + 0.3286
4. Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing 40.5671s + 0.3304
5. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 40.5746s + 0.3379
6. Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing 40.5997s + 0.3630
7. Will Power Team Penske 40.6929s + 0.4562
8. Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Racing 40.7136s + 0.4769
9. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 40.7530s + 0.5163
10. Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing 40.7608s + 0.5241
11. Alex Tagliani Bryan Herta Autosport 40.7788s + 0.5421
12. Josef Newgarden Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 40.7886s + 0.5519
13. JR Hildebrand Panther Racing 40.8723s + 0.6356
14. Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 40.8916s + 0.6549
15. Oriol Servia Panther Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 40.9188s + 0.6821
16. Bryan Clauson Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 40.9311s + 0.6944
17. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Hamilton Motorsports 40.9579s + 0.7212
18. Townsend Bell Sam Schmidt Motorsports 40.9748s + 0.7381
19. Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology 40.9800s + 0.7433
20. Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing 41.0455s + 0.8088
21. Sebastian Saavedra AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport 41.1006s + 0.8639
22. Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing 41.1496s + 0.9129
23. Mike Conway A.J. Foyt Enterprises 41.1620s + 0.9253
24. Wade Cunningham A.J. Foyt Enterprises 41.1746s + 0.9379
25. James Jakes Dale Coyne Racing 41.2220s + 0.9853
26. E.J. Viso KV Racing Technology 41.2777s + 1.0410
27. Michel Jourdain Jr. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 41.2833s + 1.0466
28. Ana Beatriz Andretti Autosport 41.2948s + 1.0581
29. Rubens Barrichello KV Racing Technology 41.3916s + 1.1549
30. Simona de Silvestro HVM Racing 42.7930s + 2.5563
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