Hunter-Reay sets the pace as Indy 500 practice resumes

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Ryan Hunter-Reay set the quickest time around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday after practice for the 100th running of the Indy 500 resumed after Tuesday’s track time was rained off.

Hunter-Reay’s time of 39.4388s, at an average speed of 228.202mph ensured that Andretti Autosport sat on top of the time sheets for the second time this week, having seen Marco Andretti lead the way on Mondays opening day.

Carlos Munoz made it an Andretti Autosport 1-2, just a fraction shy of Hunter-Reay’s time, while Will Power completed the top three with a lap of his own of 227.733mph for Team Penske.

Josef Newgarden was fourth fastest for Ed Carpenter Racing, with Gabby Chaves an impressive fifth for Dale Coyne Racing ahead of the leading Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Charlie Kimball.

Andretti Autosport’s Townsend Bell was seventh ahead of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Sage Karam, with Marco Andretti ninth ahead of Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

A total of 2779 laps were completed on Wednesday of the famed 2.5-mile oval, with all 33 confirmed entrants getting time on track. The top twelve drivers all topped 226mph, while the top 31 cars were all within one second of the fastest time.

There were a few stoppages during the day, the most notable being a crash for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing rookie Spencer Pigot, who crashed at turn one but was unhurt and medically cleared to return to the track once his car is repaired.

Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsport) and Matt Brabham (KV Racing/Pirtek Team Murray) also caused stoppages after pulling off the track with mechanical issues, while the rest of the caution periods were due to track inspections for debris.

Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 3 Times

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