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Indianapolis 500 testing: Andretti's Munoz puts Honda on top

Munoz, Andretti, Indy

Carlos Munoz took Honda to the top of the timesheets for the first time in the Month of May by going fastest in the fourth day of practice for next weekend's Indianapolis 500.

The Andretti driver reeled off his 230.121mph lap six minutes before the chequered flag.

It marked the first time this year that the cars have topped 230mph; a benchmark that was not achieved last year until Fast Friday, when the boost levels are increased from 130 kPa to 140 kPa.

"Really, we were not looking for a tow, we just made a change and said, 'OK let's go in the group and see if we can just cop a tow and feel the car in traffic a little bit'," Munoz said.

"I went back to the pack and it's practice, so whoever gets the best tow is the one who is going to finish first.

"The positive thing is that I feel really comfortable with the car, the car feels OK. In traffic and by my own, I feel fast.

"We have to continue working, we have still two days of testing so we have to try some stuff."

Townsend Bell was second-fastest ahead of 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan, James Davison and Sage Karam.

The day was punctuated by two major accidents, the first of which saw Helio Castroneves's Penske car launched into the air after it spun and hit the wall backwards at Turn 1.

Pippa Mann suffered two heavy impacts when she spun into the SAFER barrier at pit entry and then rebounded into the attenuator before spinning back across the track and into the outside wall.

Both drivers were checked by medical personnel and cleared.

"The guys in front of me in the big pack checked up and I saw them check up," Mann said.

"I got on the brakes, but unfortunately I just got in the grey and made a mistake. When you're not in a race car week in and week out, sometimes you make mistakes.

"We were having a good day and we had a good race car. I'm really sorry that the guys have to go and fix it.

"The joke inside [the medical centre] was I got away with a couple of bruises, but I think my crew chief will have a few more for me when I get back to the garage after that one."


1Carlos MunozAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda39.1098s88
2Townsend BellDreyer and ReinboldDallara/Chevrolet0.1968s57
3Tony KanaanChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Chevrolet0.3341s64
4James DavisonDale Coyne RacingDallara/Honda0.3565s86
5Sage KaramChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Chevrolet0.3948s91
6Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Chevrolet0.4463s59
7Simon PagenaudTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet0.4545s66
8Will PowerTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet0.4767s70
9Marco AndrettiAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda0.4819s86
10James HinchcliffeSchmidt Peterson MotorsportsDallara/Honda0.4832s84
11Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda0.5092s76
12Gabby ChavesBryan Herta AutosportDallara/Honda0.5214s83
13J.R. HildebrandCFH RacingDallara/Chevrolet0.5651s44
14Ed CarpenterCFH RacingDallara/Chevrolet0.5950s52
15Helio CastronevesTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet0.5955s12
16Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganDallara/Honda0.5971s80
17Juan Pablo MontoyaTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet0.5972s41
18Conor DalySchmidt Peterson MotorsportsDallara/Honda0.6052s41
19Justin WilsonAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda0.6148s65
20Charlie KimballChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Chevrolet0.6341s93
21Pippa MannDale Coyne RacingDallara/Honda0.6603s64
22Sebastian SaavedraChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Chevrolet0.6631s74
23Takuma SatoAJ Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Honda0.6879s92
24James JakesSchmidt Peterson MotorsportsDallara/Honda0.7053s102
25Jack HawksworthAJ Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Honda0.7128s88
26Josef NewgardenCFH RacingDallara/Chevrolet0.7746s69
27Oriol ServiaRahal Letterman LaniganDallara/Honda0.8397s59
28Sebastien BourdaisKVSH RacingDallara/Chevrolet0.9272s53
29Stefano ColettiKV Racing TechnologyDallara/Chevrolet1.0041s40
30Carlos HuertasDale Coyne RacingDallara/Honda1.1155s55
31Bryan ClausonKVSH RacingDallara/Chevrolet1.2768s97
32Sebastien BourdaisKVSH RacingDallara/Chevrolet1.6869s5
33Alex TaglianiAJ Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Honda1.6968s10

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