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2013 Indy 500: Pagenaud heads Carb Day shakedown

The final practice track time for the Indy 500 field saw Simon Pagenaud leading the times at the end of an hour-long engine shakedown opportunity on Friday's 'Carb Day'.
Simon Pagenaud finished Friday's one-hour engine shakedown practice session with the best laptime of the 33 card and drivers, after the Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsport driver completed a circuit of the 2.5-mile superspeedway at an average speed of 225.827mph.

That put him less than a tenth of a second ahead of Andretti AutoSport duo EJ Viso and Ryan Hunter-Reay, in a session intended to allow teams to check whether their newly-installed race engines have been fitted correctly and are fit for purpose for Sunday's 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.

In a positive sign for Honda, which was comprehensively beaten in last week's qualifying weekend, five of the remainder of the top ten on Friday were from their line-up with Scott Dixon (Ganassi) in fourth, his team mate Dario Franchitti in sixth ahead of James Jakes (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing), Katherine Legge (Schmidt-Petersen Motorsport) in eighth and Alex Tagliani (Bryan Herta Autosport) in tenth.

"Honda has done a lot of work before qualifying and after qualifying," confirmed Pagenaud. "Honda's racing mentality is to go racing and that's exactly what they're doing. They provided us with an engine that is clearly a lot better, so it's a good sign for the race."

The other Chevrolet runners in the top ten on Friday were Dragon Racing's Sebastian Bourdais in fifth and Marco Andretti in ninth.

Drafting (or 'tow') practice dominated the time the cars spent on track, especially in a fast and furious final 15 minutes. Indy 500 pole sitter Ed Carpenter seemed content to take a leisurely approach to proceedings and ended up 17th.

"We were going to run 20 to 25 laps today. The car felt good so we did a couple of pit stops and parked the Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet after 18 laps," Carpenter explained afterwards. "It would have been fun to go out and play longer but it isn't necessary. The smart thing to do is just put the car away and prepare for Sunday."

Andretti's super-star rookie Carlos Munoz had Dale Coyne Racing's Ana Beatriz run into the back of his car at pit entry during the session, while Ganassi's Ryan Briscoe suffered a small engine fire at the end of the session which needed to be doused by a safety team out on the backstretch of the track.

Competition Committee members announced

Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles and incoming IndyCar President of Operations and Competition Derrick Walker revealed the inaugural line-up of the new IZOD IndyCar Series competition committee this week, in a press conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday.

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Simon Pagenaud on the second day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - May 12, 2013. (Picture Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Pete Howard for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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