Carpenter leads wind-affected third day of practice

Ed Carpenter finished fastest on a wind-affected day at IMS - Credit: Chris Owens / IndyCar

Ed Carpenter ended the third day of practice for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 with the fastest time, but the day was heavily affected by high winds which saw many drivers deciding not to take to the track.

Driving for his own Ed Carpenter Racing squad, Carpenter set a best lap of 222.894mph, but only twenty-one cars took to the track, and only fourteen of them set relatively quick times.

Scott Dixon was second fastest for Chip Ganassi Racing with a 222.599mph lap, while JR Hildebrand was the busiest driver on the day, completing fifty-four laps and finishing third quickest with a 220.553mph lap.

Fernando Alonso continued his learning programme with the fourth fastest time for McLaren Honda Andretti, with the Spaniard completing 39 laps, finishing just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Conor Daly and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton.

Carlos Muñoz and rookie Zach Veach were seventh and eighth for Foyt, while Charlie Kimball and Jay Howard completed the top ten.

Of the Team Penske quintet, only Josef Newgarden took to the track for pit stop practice, while Dale Coyne Racing, Harding Racing, Juncos Racing and Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport never ventured on to the 2.5-mile oval due to the gusting wind.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Practice 3 Results

120Ed CarpenterUSAEd Carpenter Racing40.3779s
29Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing40.4315s
321JR HildebrandUSAEd Carpenter Racing40.8066s
429Fernando AlonsoESPMcLaren Honda Andretti40.9961s
54Conor DalyUSAAJ Foyt Enterprises41.0523s
68Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing41.1199s
714Carlos MunozCOLAJ Foyt Enterprises41.1260s
840Zach VeachUSAAJ Foyt Enterprises41.1643s
983Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing41.2614s
1077Jay HowardGBRSchmidt Peterson Motorsports41.4175s
1110Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing41.4638s
1215Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing41.5002s
137Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports41.5045s
145James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports41.6025s
152Josef NewgardenUSATeam Penske56.3942s
1650Jack HarveyGBRMichael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport57.4418s
1724Sage KaramUSADreyer & Reinbold Racing59.5514s
1826Takuma SatoJAPAndretti Autosport1:21.9092s
1998Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Herta Autosport1:23.8623s
2027Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport1:27.5898s
2116Oriol ServiaESPRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing2:26.8176s