Moraes on top as practice resumes

Mario Moraes was fastest for KV Racing as practice resumed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the final two days of Indy 500 qualifying this weekend

Moraes on top as practice resumes

After a pre-dawn storm that packed wind gusts of 70mph ­ which did minor damage to some team equipment ­ the weather cleared to partly cloudy conditions with temperatures in the mid-70s and light winds. There were no accidents during the six full hours of running.

Moraes took advantage of the good conditions to bolster KV Racing's hopes with a lap of 222.739mph early in the session that held up as the day's fastest, eclipsing the Penske and Ganassi cars that dominated Pole Day qualifying last weekend. Moraes put in 103 laps on the day, second only to Dale Coyne driver Justin Wilson's 120.

Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe was second-fastest overall at 222.406mph, ahead of his team-mate, pole winner Helio Castroneves, Ganassi's Scott Dixon, and Andretti Green's Tony Kanaan, who also put in some laps in team-mate Danica Patrick's car before lapping faster in his own back-up machine.

Rahal Letterman Racing's Oriol Servia, appearing on track for the first time this month in the team's #17 Dallara, was fastest of the yet-to-qualify
cars at 221.353, good for seventh overall.

Townsend Bell, also making his 2009 Indy debut today in KV Racing's #8, was next up in this group at 220.938mph. At the opposite end, rookie Nelson Philippe managed only a 205mph lap in HVM's rebuilt #00.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and Vision team-mate Ed Carpenter shared the former's #21T back-up car, as the team sought the already-qualified Carpenter's opinion of its struggling #21 chassis.

Vision reported that Carpenter affirmed Hunter-Reay's concerns about the car after posting a best lap of 217.785 in #21T, 1.5mph off his best lap of the day with his own #20, while Hunter-Reay set a best of 218.894.

Practice continues tomorrow. The final 11 places on the 33-car grid will be available in Saturday's qualifying session, with Sunday's Bump Day then providing opportunity for faster cars to bump out slower qualifiers.

Currently, Davey Hamilton ­ the only one of Dreyer & Reinbold's four entries to have completed a qualifying run ­ is the slowest qualifier at 221.956mph.

Pos Driver Team Time Speed 1. Mario Moraes KV 40.4061s 222.739mph 2. Ryan Briscoe Penske 40.4666s 222.406mph 3. Helio Castroneves Penske 40.4685s 222.395mph 4. Scott Dixon Ganassi 40.4724s 222.374mph 5. Tony Kanaan Andretti Green 40.5607s 221.890mph 6. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 40.6292s 221.516mph 7. Oriol Servia Rahal Letterman 40.6591s 221.353mph 8. Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan 40.6667s 221.311mph 9. Marco Andretti Andretti Green 40.6868s 221.202mph 10. Townsend Bell KV 40.7355s 220.938mph 11. Vitor Meira Foyt 40.8256s 220.450mph 12. Justin Wilson Coyne 40.8368s 220.389mph 13. Raphael Matos Luczo Dragon 40.8369s 220.389mph 14. Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green 40.8636s 220.245mph 15. Dan Wheldon Panther 40.8642s 220.242mph 16. EJ Viso HVM 40.8933s 220.085mph 17. Will Power Penske 40.9571s 219.742mph 18. Alex Lloyd Schmidt/Ganassi 40.9741s 219.651mph 19. Danica Patrick Andretti Green 41.0178s 219.417mph 20. Ed Carpenter Vision 41.0421s 219.287mph 21. Alex Tagliani Conquest 41.0985s 218.986mph 22. Davey Hamilton Dreyer & Reinbold 41.1002s 218.977mph 23. Sarah Fisher Fisher 41.1020s 218.967mph 24. Ryan Hunter-Reay Vision 41.1157s 218.894mph 25. John Andretti Petty/Dreyer & Reinbold 41.1483s 218.721mph 26. Robert Doornbos Newman/Haas/Lanigan 41.2035s 218.428mph 27. Stanton Barrett 3G 41.2659s 218.098mph 28. Milka Duno Dreyer & Reinbold 41.2965s 217.936mph 29. Buddy Lazier Hemelgarn 41.4734s 217.007mph 30. Nelson Philippe HVM 43.7493s 205.718mph 
shares
comments
RLR confirms Servia for Indy

Previous article

RLR confirms Servia for Indy

Next article

Scheckter joins Dale Coyne for Indy

Scheckter joins Dale Coyne for Indy
Load comments
Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up? Plus

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up?

Despite appearing to have an IndyCar job for life with Meyer Shank Racing, Jack Harvey’s departure and move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate. However, Harvey's and RLL's combined strengths could prove to be a winning combination - if they get the balance right

IndyCar
Oct 17, 2021
Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win Plus

Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win

Saturday 16 October marks the 10th anniversary of Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500

IndyCar
Oct 16, 2021
Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting Plus

Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting

Kyle Kirkwood, the record-setting junior formula driver, sealed the Indy Lights championship last weekend. But despite an absurdly strong junior career and scholarship money, his next move is far from clear

IndyCar
Oct 6, 2021
Why IndyCar title glory is just the start for Ganassi's new star Plus

Why IndyCar title glory is just the start for Ganassi's new star

Newly-crowned IndyCar champion Alex Palou has been lauded as a complete driver and veteran-like in only his second season. The 24-year-old is still in the early days of his career, but the parallels are there for all to see with his six-time champion Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate who has been CGR's team leader since 2014

IndyCar
Sep 28, 2021
Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar Plus

Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar

One of motorsport’s worst-kept secrets is now out in the open, and Romain Grosjean has been confirmed as an Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver in 2022. It marks a remarkable turnaround after the abrupt end to his Formula 1 career, and is a firm indication of his commitment to challenge for the IndyCar Series title  

IndyCar
Sep 24, 2021
Why IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still far from over Plus

Why IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still far from over

OPINION: The 2021 IndyCar silly season has been one of the silliest for many years, as many talented drivers remain in play – with new pieces to the puzzle being added all the time. Here's what we know so far about who will end up where in 2022

IndyCar
Sep 15, 2021
Why IndyCar's generational shift isn't as stark as it appears Plus

Why IndyCar's generational shift isn't as stark as it appears

OPINION: The rise of two drivers racing only their second full-season IndyCar campaigns to head the points with four races to go has led to some observers doubting the credentials of the old guard. But they haven't faded away, there's merely a deeper talent pool that is helping to make this season one of the best in recent years

IndyCar
Aug 20, 2021
The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career Plus

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career

Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves

Formula 1
Jul 31, 2021