Pagenaud leads anti-clamactic Fast Friday

Simon Pagenaud reared his double-down times from yesterday with a lap of 230.698 mph to lead the final day of practice before qualifying for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

The Frenchman’s lap was aided by a slight tow while 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon led the field in the non-tow category with a lap of 230.698 mph.

The top two were followed by Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti, Will Power and Sage Karam, who were all north of 230 mph. Andretti was one of only two other Hondas in the Chevrolet dominated top 10 with rookie Gabby Chaves in seventh place and Takuma Sato in 9th place.

Andretti was the only Andretti Autosport car in the top 10 as teammate Carlos Munoz was 14th, defending 500 champ Ryan Hunter-Reay was 16th and Indy-only teammates Justin Wilson and Simona de Silvestro were 22nd and 24th respectively.

Josef Newgarden returned to the track after his primary car was destroyed in a spectacular crash yesterday as did Pippa Mann, who crashed on Wednesday. Both drivers found themselves mired in the back of the field with Newgarden logging the 28th quickest time and Mann 33rd quickest.

All 34 entered cars made laps today.

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Josh Farmer joined the media center in 2012 after first discovering his love of IndyCar racing in 2004 at Auto Club Speedway. He has been an accredited member of the IndyCar media center since 2014 and also contributes to along with The Motorsports Tribune.

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