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Indianapolis 500 - Practice 8 times

Alex Tagliani topped the final two-part practice session saw Simona de Silvestro trying out her injured hands, and Ryan Briscoe crashing the #6 forcing him into the T-car.
The Saturday morning practice session at Indianapolis is intended more for a last minute shake-down and fine-tuning, and general warm-up for qualifying which starts from 11am local time, but that didn't stop Alex Tagliani showing how strong the Sam Schmidt Motorsports team were looking, as he once again topped 228mph.

The session gave Simona de Silvestro an opportunity to get behind the wheel to try out her injured hands, so that she and the doctors can evaluate whether she will take any further part in the weekend's qualifying activity.

The session also saw a crash for Ryan Briscoe in the Team Penske #6 after he spun into the wall at turn 2. Briscoe was uninjured, but had to switch to the spare/T-car for the remainder of the session because of damage to the race car.

"I think it was cold tires," he said later. "It's little bit cooler this morning than what we had been running in. I just got to (Turn) 2 and it just snapped on me. The rear let go and that was it. No warning."

"I'm a bit bruised on my knees," Briscoe added when asked if he was injured. "My legs knocked the wheel off, actually. It's a real bummer to start Pole Day off this way.

The session was split into parts, with half the field going out from 8am until 8.30am, the other half from 8.30am until 9am, and then all cars being allowed to run on track between 9am and 10am local time.

Qualifying started at 11am, or 4pm BST.

Practice 8 times

1. #77 Alex Tagliani 228.184mph 39.4418s after 12 laps
2. #44 Buddy Rice 227.849mph 39.4999s + 0.0581s after 13 laps
3. #12 Will Power 227.766mph 39.5143s + 0.0725s after 20 laps
4. #9 Scott Dixon 227.642mph 39.5358s + 0.0940s after 19 laps
5. #3 Helio Castroneves 227.396mph 39.5785s + 0.1367s after 24 laps
6. #10 Dario Franchitti 227.386mph 39.5803s + 0.1385s after 29 laps
7. #99 Townsend Bell 227.271mph 39.6003s + 0.1585s after 13 laps
8. #14 Vitor Meira 227.150mph 39.6214s + 0.1796s after 13 laps
9. #4 JR Hildebrand 226.912mph 39.6629s + 0.2211s after 9 laps
10. #30 Bertrand Baguette 226.868mph 39.6707s + 0.2289s after 16 laps
11. #67 Ed Carpenter 226.778mph 39.6864s + 0.2446s after 12 laps
12. #98 Dan Wheldon 226.624mph 39.7133s + 0.2715s after 13 laps
13. #2 Oriol Servia 226.466mph 39.7410s + 0.2992s after 15 laps
14. #7 Danica Patrick 226.446mph 39.7445s + 0.3027s after 24 laps
15. #8 Ho-Pin Tung 226.440mph 39.7456s + 0.3038s after 21 laps
16. #24 Ana Beatriz 226.401mph 39.7525s + 0.3107s after 24 laps
17. #59 EJ Viso 226.017mph 39.8200s + 0.3782s after 14 laps
18. #23 Paul Tracy 225.959mph 39.8303s + 0.3885s after 17 laps
19. #5 Takuma Sato 225.891mph 39.8423s + 0.4005s after 13 laps
20. #11 Davey Hamilton 225.738mph 39.8693s + 0.4275s after 15 laps
21. #06 James Hinchcliffe 225.719mph 39.8725s + 0.4307s after 8 laps
22. #88 Jay Howard 225.676mph 39.8801s + 0.4383s after 17 laps
23. #38 Graham Rahal 225.641mph 39.8864s + 0.4446s after 20 laps
24. #82 Tony Kanaan 225.394mph 39.9301s + 0.4883s after 22 laps
25. #6 Ryan Briscoe 225.101mph 39.9820s + 0.5402s after 6 laps
26. #22 Justin Wilson 225.086mph 39.9848s + 0.5430s after 20 laps
27. #07 Tomas Scheckter 224.916mph 40.0149s + 0.5731s after 19 laps
28. #83 Charlie Kimball 224.903mph 40.0172s + 0.5754s after 8 laps
29. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 224.899mph 40.0179s + 0.5761s after 15 laps
30. #19 Alex Lloyd 224.540mph 40.0819s + 0.6401s after 27 laps
31. #41 Bruno Junqueira 224.472mph 40.0941s + 0.6523s after 12 laps
32. #34 Sebastian Saavedra 224.358mph 40.1144s + 0.6726s after 27 laps
33. #36 Pippa Mann 224.310mph 40.1231s + 0.6813s after 15 laps
34. #26 Marco Andretti 224.220mph 40.1391s + 0.6973s after 13 laps
35. #43 John Andretti 224.060mph 40.1678s + 0.7260s after 10 laps
36. #6T Ryan Briscoe 223.932mph 40.1907s + 0.7489s after 16 laps
37. #18 James Jakes 223.446mph 40.2782s + 0.8364s after 29 laps
38. #17 Raphael Matos 223.382mph 40.2897s + 0.8479s after 26 laps
39. #78T Simona de Silvestro 223.357mph 40.2942s + 0.8524s after 32 laps
40. #27 Mike Conway 223.172mph 40.3276s + 0.8858s after 17 laps
41. #20 Scott Speed 222.803mph 40.3944s + 0.9526s after 28 laps

Total Laps: 723



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Cars prepare themselves for Saturday morning practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Pole Day - Saturday, May 21. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Ryan Briscoe steps into the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 21 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe steps into the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 21 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe steps into the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 21 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe steps into the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 21 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
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Marco Andretti and Sage Karam at IMS (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe at IMS (Photo by: Walter Kuhn)
James Hinchcliffe during practice prior to Qualifying for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (Photo by: Leigh Spargur)
James Hinchcliffe at IMS (Photo by: Mike Harding)
James Hinchcliffe at IMS (Photo by: Jim Haines)
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, qualifies third fastest Sunday, May 17, 2015, and will start on the outside of the front row for the Verizon IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Pagenaud will be joined in the front row by by polestar Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet and Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet who qualified second fastest for the May 24 race. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, qualifies second-fastest Sunday, May 17, 2015, and will start in the middle of the front row for the Verizon IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Power will be joined in the front row by pole sitter Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet and Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet  who qualified third for the May 24 race. (Photo by Scott R. LePage/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates after qualifying fastest Sunday, May 17, 2015, winning the pole for the Verizon IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dixon will be joined in the front row by Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet who qualified second fastest, and Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet  who qualified third for the May 24 race. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, qualifies fastest Sunday, May 17, 2015, winning the pole for the Verizon IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dixon will be joined in the front row by Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet who qualified second fastest, and Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet  who qualified third for the May 24 race. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon after winning P1 at IMS for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis Mile Race on Sunday May 18 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon after winning P1 at IMS for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis Mile Race on Sunday May 18 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon after winning P1 at IMS for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis Mile Race on Sunday May 18 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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