Fernando Alonso completes over 300 miles during Indy 500 Monday practice
Speeds down at Indianapolis as teams focus on race setups
By William Esler
Last Updated: 23/05/17 8:56am
Fernando Alonso completed over 300 miles as teams focused on their race setups during Monday's practice session for the 2017 Indianapolis 500.
Having secured a second row start in qualifying over the weekend, attention turned to the race during the three-and-a-half hour session, with Alonso completing 122 laps of the famous speedway.
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The Spaniard finished the session 12th on the timesheet, with a best average lap speed of 226.147 mph, significantly down on the lap of 231.475 mph he managed during qualifying on Sunday.
The session itself was topped by Britain's Max Chilton who had a best lap of 228.592 mph among the 108 laps he completed for Chip Ganassi Racing.
"The more laps you do around here, the more you learn," said Chilton. "I don't think anyone out there is overly happy with their car in race traffic. You keep trying to learn, trying to get it better.
"In clear air, I seem to be pretty competitive. In dirty air, I started to learn how to time the moves. This is going to be my second 500. I'm still learning but it's always nice to finish the day at the top of the time sheet."
It was also a British driver in second spot with Ed Jones 0.0818 mph slower than Chilton. Sunday's pole-sitter Scott Dixon was third quickest, a further 0.1655 mph back.
The busiest driver of the day was Jack Harvey, with the Briton completing two more laps than Alonso. He was 21st on the timesheet.
As for the other British drivers, Jay Howard was 15th (225.946 mph) and Pippa Mann 29th (223.524 mph).
Ahead of the session, James Davison was afforded extra time on track as he took to the wheel of the number 18 Dale Coyne Racing car for the first time. The Australian will deputise for Sebastien Bourdais who underwent surgery following a horror crash in Saturday's qualifying session.
Indy 500 Monday practice
|1.||Max Chilton||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda||228.592||108|
|2.||Ed Jones||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda||228.118||86|
|3.||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda||227.165||98|
|4.||Simon Pagenaud||Team Penske||Chevrolet||226.998||95|
|5.||Takumo Sato||Andretti Autosport||Honda||226.806||80|
|6.||Helio Castroneves||Team Penske||Chevrolet||226.705||121|
|7.||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||Honda||226.542||61|
|8.||Sage Karam||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||Chevrolet||226.381||87|
|9.||Alexander Rossi||Andretti Herta Autosport||Honda||226.376||70|
|10.||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport||Honda||226.224||66|
|11.||Will Power||Team Penske||Chevrolet||226.199||109|
|12.||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Honda Andretti||Honda||226.147||122|
|13.||Mikhail Aleshin||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||Honda||225.967||68|
|14.||Tony Kanaan||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda||225.955||83|
|15.||Jay Howard||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||Honda||225.946||82|
|16.||Gabby Chaves||Harding Racing||Chevrolet||225.931||80|
|17.||Charlie Kimball||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda||225.729||119|
|18.||James Hinchcliffe||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||Honda||225.504||94|
|19.||Oriol Servia||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||Honda||225.389||36|
|20.||Graham Rahal||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||Honda||225.234||72|
|21.||Jack Harvey||Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport||Honda||224.823||124|
|22.||Josef Newgarden||Team Penske||Chevrolet||224.793||99|
|23.||Conor Daly||A. J. Foyt Enterprises||Chevrolet||224.727||87|
|24.||Juan Pablo Montoya||Team Penske||Chevrolet||224.651||55|
|25.||Ed Carpenter||Ed Carpenter Racing||Chevrolet||224.442||79|
|26.||J.R. Hildebrand||Ed Carpenter Racing||Chevrolet||224.337||89|
|27.||Carlos Munoz||A. J. Foyt Enterprises||Chevrolet||223.749||69|
|28.||James Davison||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda||223.670||88|
|29.||Pippa Mann||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda||223.524||60|
|30.||Sebastian Saavedra||Juncos Racing||Chevrolet||222.965||69|
|31.||Spencer Pigot||Juncos Racing||Chevrolet||222.093||45|
|32.||Zach Veach||A. J. Foyt Enterprises||Chevrolet||221.612||61|
|33.||Buddy Lazier||Lazier Racing Partners||Chevrolet||218.998||43|
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