The final day of practice before qualifying is known as "Fast Friday," and it lived up to its reputation with six drivers topping 228mph - led by Penske's Helio Castroneves.

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Andrew Lewin

20 May 2011

The final day of practice before qualifying is known as "Fast Friday," and it lived up to its reputation with six drivers topping 228mph - led by Penske's Helio Castroneves.

Helio Castroneves could make history on Pole Day by claiming a third consecutive pole position at the Indianapolis 500, the first man to do so. But Fast Friday showed that he would have stiff competition before he could write his name in the record books.

Sam Schmidt Motorsports' Alex Tagliani isn't going away and came second in the times, while Scott Dixon demonstrated that Ganassi remain a potent threat by finishing in third. The other drivers to top 228mph on Friday were Ryan Briscoe, Bertrand Baguette and Ed Carpenter.

The session was short one driver after Simona de Silvestra was ruled out on medical grounds for the day following her Thursday practice session accident.

Rumours surrounded Scott Speed's continued involvement with the Dragon Racing team after they finished the day in last place, well off the sort of pace they'll need to have a chance of making the 33-car grid on Race Day.

Pole Day format starts with all cars taking to the track between 11am and 4pm local time to set their qualifying times; and then the top nine having a separate 90 minute shoot-out from 4.30pm to set the front three rows of the grid and determine the polesitter.

**Practice 7 times**

1. *#3* **Helio Castroneves** 228.611 **39.3682s** after 117 laps

2. *#77* **Alex Tagliani** 228.327mph **39.4172s** *+ 0.0490* after 26 laps

3. *#9* **Scott Dixon** 228.181mph **39.4424s** *+ 0.0742* after 70 laps

4. *#6* **Ryan Briscoe** 228.029mph **39.4686s** *+ 0.1004* after 107 laps

5. *#30* **Bertrand Baguette** 228.028mph **39.4688s** *+ 0.1006* after 49 laps

6. *#67* **Ed Carpenter** 228.017mph **39.4707s** *+ 0.1025* after 88 laps

7. *#12* **Will Power** 227.958mph **39.4810s** *+ 0.1128* after 106 laps

8. *#99* **Townsend Bell** 227.927mph **39.4864s** *+ 0.1182* after 16 laps

9. *#2* **Oriol Servia** 227.580mph **39.5465s** *+ 0.1783* after 76 laps

10. *#98* **Dan Wheldon** 227.463mph **39.5669s** *+ 0.1987* after 31 laps

11. *#10* **Dario Franchitti** 227.432mph **39.5722s** *+ 0.2040* after 83 laps

12. *#5* **Takuma Sato** 227.054mph **39.6382s** *+ 0.2700* after 51 laps

13. *#14* **Vitor Meira** 226.994mph **39.6487s** *+ 0.2805* after 35 laps

14. *#4* **JR Hildebrand** 226.939mph **39.6582s** *+ 0.2900* after 45 laps

15. *#26* **Marco Andretti** 226.851mph **39.6737s** *+ 0.3055* after 48 laps

16. *#06* **James Hinchcliffe** 226.847mph **39.6743s** *+ 0.3061* after 62 laps

17. *#38* **Graham Rahal** 226.791mph **39.6842s** *+ 0.3160* after 97 laps

18. *#83* **Charlie Kimball** 226.487mph **39.7374s** *+ 0.3692* after 32 laps

19. *#44* **Buddy Rice** 226.418mph **39.7495s** *+ 0.3813* after 17 laps

20. *#22* **Justin Wilson** 226.125mph **39.8010s** *+ 0.4328* after 59 laps

21. *#19* **Alex Lloyd** 226.117mph **39.8024s** *+ 0.4342* after 47 laps

22. *#7* **Danica Patrick** 226.010mph **39.8212s** *+ 0.4530* after 50 laps

23. *#23* **Paul Tracy** 225.996mph **39.8238s** *+ 0.4556* after 38 laps

24. *#11* **Davey Hamilton** 225.730mph **39.8707s** *+ 0.5025* after 58 laps

25. *#82* **Tony Kanaan** 225.707mph **39.8747s** *+ 0.5065* after 49 laps

26. *#8* **Ho-Pin Tung** 225.504mph **39.9106s** *+ 0.5424* after 55 laps

27. *#36* **Pippa Mann** 225.432mph **39.9234s** *+ 0.5552* after 60 laps

28. *#59* **EJ Viso** 225.406mph **39.9280s** *+ 0.5598* after 61 laps

29. *#41* **Bruno Junqueira** 225.396mph **39.9298s** *+ 0.5616* after 43 laps

30. *#88* **Jay Howard** 225.360mph **39.9361s** *+ 0.5679* after 37 laps

31. *#28* **Ryan Hunter-Reay** 225.204mph **39.9637s** *+ 0.5955* after 49 laps

32. *#07* **Tomas Scheckter** 225.141mph **39.9749s** *+ 0.6067* after 51 laps

33. *#43* **John Andretti** 224.911mph **40.0159s** *+ 0.6477* after 39 laps

34. *#24* **Ana Beatriz** 224.854mph **40.0259s** *+ 0.6577* after 78 laps

35. *#17* **Raphael Matos** 224.380mph **40.1106s** *+ 0.7424* after 81 laps

36. *#27* **Mike Conway** 223.560mph **40.2577s** *+ 0.8895* after 82 laps

37. *#18* **James Jakes** 223.397mph **40.2871s** *+ 0.9189* after 58 laps

38. *#34* **Sebastian Saavedra** 222.926mph **40.3721s** *+ 1.0039* after 77 laps

39. *#20* **Scott Speed** 222.546mph **40.4411s** *+ 1.0729* after 26 laps

*Total laps: 2254*

**Combined practice 1-7 times**

1. *#3* **Helio Castroneves** 228.611mph **39.3682s** *Practice 7* after 246 laps

2. *#77* **Alex Tagliani** 228.327mph **39.4172s** *Practice 7* after 61 laps

3. *#9* **Scott Dixon** 228.181mph **39.4424s** *Practice 7* after 177 laps

4. *#6* **Ryan Briscoe** 228.029mph **39.4686s** *Practice 7* after 198 laps

5. *#30* **Bertrand Baguette** 228.028mph **39.4688s** *Practice 7* after 176 laps

6. *#67* **Ed Carpenter** 228.017mph **39.4707s** *Practice 7* after 228 laps

7. *#12* **Will Power** 227.958mph **39.4810s** *Practice 7* after 223 laps

8. *#99* **Townsend Bell** 227.927mph **39.4864s** *Practice 7* after 101 laps

9. *#2* **Oriol Servia** 227.580mph **39.5465s** *Practice 7* after 239 laps

10. *#98* **Dan Wheldon** 227.463mph **39.5669s** *Practice 7* after 113 laps

11. *#10* **Dario Franchitti** 227.432mph **39.5722s** *Practice 7* after 178 laps

12. *#5* **Takuma Sato** 227.054mph **39.6382s** *Practice 7* after 174 laps

13. *#14* **Vitor Meira** 226.994mph **39.6487s** *Practice 7* after 153 laps

14. *#4* **JR Hildebrand** 226.939mph **39.6582s** *Practice 7* after 83 laps

15. *#26* **Marco Andretti** 226.851mph **39.6737s** *Practice 7* after 132 laps

16. *#06* **James Hinchcliffe** 226.847mph **39.6743s** *Practice 7* after 242 laps

17. *#38* **Graham Rahal** 226.791mph **39.6842s** *Practice 7* after 200 laps

18. *#83* **Charlie Kimball** 226.487mph **39.7374s** *Practice 7* after 105 laps

19. *#44* **Buddy Rice** 226.418mph **39.7495s** *Practice 7* after 98 laps

20. *#7* **Danica Patrick** 226.267mph **39.7760s** *Practice 6* after 114 laps

21. *#22* **Justin Wilson** 226.125mph **39.8010s** *Practice 7* after 185 laps

22. *#19* **Alex Lloyd** 226.117mph **39.8024s** *Practice 7* after 177 laps

23. *#23* **Paul Tracy** 225.996mph **39.8238s** *Practice 7* after 146 laps

24. *#82* **Tony Kanaan** 225.802mph **39.8579s** *Practice 6* after 171 laps

25. *#11* **Davey Hamilton** 225.730mph **39.8707s** *Practice 7* after 169 laps

26. *#88* **Jay Howard** 225.594mph **39.8946s** *Practice 6* after 109 laps

27. *#8* **Ho-Pin Tung** 225.504mph **39.9106s** *Practice 7* after 149 laps

28. *#36* **Pippa Mann** 225.432mph **39.9234s** *Practice 7* after 222 laps

29. *#59* **EJ Viso** 225.406mph **39.9280s** *Practice 7* after 173 laps

30. *#41* **Bruno Junqueira** 225.396mph **39.9298s** *Practice 7* after 157 laps

31. *#28* **Ryan Hunter-Reay** 225.204mph **39.9637s** *Practice 7* after 138 laps

32. *#07* **Tomas Scheckter** 225.141mph **39.9749s** *Practice 7* after 127 laps

33. *#43* **John Andretti** 224.911mph **40.0159s** *Practice 7* after 131 laps

34. *#24* **Ana Beatriz** 224.854mph **40.0259s** *Practice 7* after 221 laps

35. *#67T* **Ed Carpenter** 224.786mph **40.0380s** *Practice 1* after 32 laps

36. *#9T* **Scott Dixon** 224.491mph **40.0907s** *Practice 1* after 6 laps

37. *#4T* **JR Hildebrand** 224.433mph **40.1011s** *Practice 1* after 16 laps

38. *#17* **Raphael Matos** 224.380mph **40.1106s** *Practice 7* after 227 laps

39. *#10T* **Dario Franchitti** 224.107mph **40.1594s** *Practice 1* after 7 laps

40. *#26T* **Marco Andretti** 223.927mph **40.1916s** *Practice 1* after 14 laps

41. *#6T* **Ryan Briscoe** 223.811mph **40.2125s** *Practice 1* after 29 laps

42. *#27* **Mike Conway** 223.560mph **40.2577s** *Practice 7* after 218 laps

43. *#18* **James Jakes** 223.397mph **40.2871s** *Practice 7* after 107 laps

44. *#34* **Sebastian Saavedra** 222.926mph **40.3721s** *Practice 7* after 200 laps

45. *#3T* **Helio Castroneves** 222.755mph **40.4031s** *Practice 1* after 9 laps

46. *#20* **Scott Speed** 222.546mph **40.4411s** *Practice 7* after 129 laps

47. *#7T* **Danica Patrick** 222.232mph **40.4982s** *Practice 1* after 17 laps

48. *#78* **Simona de Silvestro** 222.192mph **40.5055s** *Practice 6* after 33 laps

49. *#12T* **Will Power** 221.837mph **40.5704s** *Practice 1* after 15 laps

50. *#28T* **Ryan Hunter-Reay** 221.296mph **40.6696s** *Practice 1* after 12 laps

51. *#27* **Marco Andretti** 220.656mph **40.7875s** *Practice 4* after 5 laps

52. *#27T* **Mike Conway** 220.160mph **40.8794s** *Practice 1* after 20 laps

53. *#78T* **Simona de Silvestro** 219.522mph **40.9982s** *Practice 1* after 13 laps

54. *#18T* **James Jakes** 219.095mph **41.0780s** *Practice 3* after 84 laps

*Total Laps for Combined Sessions: 6709*

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