News Howard fastest, Honda dominates Indianapolis 500 practice

02:50  19 may  2017
02:50  19 may  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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INDIANAPOLIS — Jay Howard topped the speed charts at Indianapolis 500 practice Thursday with a fast lap of 226.744 mph while Honda cars claimed nine of the fastest 11 speeds during the session.

INDIANAPOLIS — Jay Howard topped the speed charts at Indianapolis 500 practice Thursday with a fast lap of 226.744 mph while Honda cars claimed nine of the fastest 11 speeds during the session. Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2014 winner at Indy

Ryan Hunter-Reay dons his gloves as he prepares to drive during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)© (AP Photo/Michael Conroy Ryan Hunter-Reay dons his gloves as he prepares to drive during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jay Howard topped the speed charts at Indianapolis 500 practice Thursday with a fast lap of 226.744 mph while Honda cars claimed nine of the fastest 11 speeds during the session.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2014 winner at Indy, was second fastest at 225.826 mph while teammates Marco Andretti (225.709) and Fernando Alonso (225.619) were third and fourth. Alonso, a veteran in Formula One, will be making his debut in the May 28 race.

Josef Newgarden crashed early in the day when he lost control and hit the Turn 1 wall. He was later checked and released from the track's medical center and was fifth fastest at 225.445 on a day that saw retired NASCAR great Tony Stewart on pit row.

Speeds were lower the past two days due to warm and windy conditions, but things picked up Thursday. Friday is the final day of practice before qualifying this weekend.

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Sebastien Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen drove their Ferraris to the fastest times in the third and final practice before the Canadian Grand Prix. Vettel completed the 4.361-kilometer (2.71-mile) circuit in 1 minute, 12.572 seconds, about three-tenths of a second faster than his teammate. Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes was third, followed by Max Verstappen's Red Bull and Valtteri Bottas in the other Mercedes.Vettel is the Formula One points leader. He won in Montreal in 2013 and was second last year. Hamilton has won the Canadian Grand Prix five times, including the past two.

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