Max Chilton Turns Fastest Speed in Busy Monday of Indy 500 Practice

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s only a matter of time before the Monday afternoon practice session on race week becomes another big staple of the Month of May. The fourth year of this new added practice session, has grown rave reviews.

The crowds are steadily growing in large numbers, as fans witnessed today 2,705 laps turned by the 33 starters in this Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). They ran those laps in just three in-a-half hours. 

Max Chilton led the way with a speed of 228.592 mph in his No. 8 Honda, as he set that lap early on in the day. Chilton, racing in his second ‘500, qualified his Chip Ganassi Racing entry on the Outside of Row 5 on Sunday.

Rookie Ed Jones was second overall with a lap around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 228.118 mph in his No. 19 Honda. Jones, is having a stellar month, as he’s been near the front of every practice session and even qualified his Dale Coyne Racing entry in the Middle of Row 4 for Sunday’s race.

Pole sitter Scott Dixon turned the third fastest lap with a speed of 227.165 mph, while Simon Pagenaud had a late hot lap of 226.998 mph in his No. 1 Chevrolet.

Takuma Sato (226.806 mph) rounded out the top five in Monday’s session.

Overall, there were seven Honda’s in the top 10 of the speed chart and 16 of the top 21. With them taking 14 of the top 17 qualifying spots too, it looks like another banner year in the ‘500 for Honda.

The reason this practice session has grown in this capacity is all due to the this being the final full practice session. The only other time these drivers hit the track is an hour-long session on Carb Day.

This annual practice session runs the exact time that the race would run on Sunday. The 12:30 p.m ET start on Monday is near the time of the green flag on Sunday, plus the 4 p.m. ET checkered flag is around the time the race ends too.

Basically, this is race running with full fuel loads, pit stop practice and a bunch of different setups to try out.

The only issue of the day came when Oriol Servia blew his engine just an hour into the session. Luckily though, the team told me it wasn’t his Indy 500 engine.

Day 8 Practice Results:

  1. 8 Chilton 228.592 mph
  2. 19 Jones R 228.118 mph
  3.  9 Dixon 227.165 mph
  4.  1 Pagenaud 226.998
  5. 26 Sato 226.806 mph
  6.  3 Castroneves 226.705 mph
  7. 28 Hunter-Reay 226.542 mph
  8. 24 Karam 226.381 mph
  9. 98 Rossi 226.376 mph
  10. 27 Andretti 226.224 mph
  11. 12 Power 226.199 mph
  12. 29 Alonso R 226.147 mph
  13.  7 Aleshin 225.967 mph
  14. 10 Kanaan 225.955 mph
  15. 77 Howard 225.946 mph
  16. 88 Chaves 225.931 mph
  17. 83 Kimball 225.729 mph
  18.  5 Hinchcliffe 225.504 mph
  19. 16 Servia 225.389 mph
  20. 15 Rahal 225.234 mph
  21. 50 Harvey R 224.823 mph
  22.  2 Newgarden 224.793 mph
  23.  4 Daly 224.727 mph
  24. 22 Montoya 224.651 mph
  25. 20 Carpenter 224.442 mph
  26. 21 Hildebrand 224.337 mph
  27. 14 Munoz 223.749 mph
  28. 18 Davison 223.670 mph
  29. 63 Mann 223.524 mph
  30. 17 Saavedra 222.965 mph
  31. 11 Pigot 222.093 mph
  32. 40 Veach R 221.612 mph
  33. 44 Lazier 218.998

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