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Indy 500: Practice 7 times

Marco Andretti put the extra turboboost on Fast Friday to good use, pushing the fastest time of the week up to 227.540mph (39.5535s), almost 4mph quicker than his own previous benchmark time set on Tuesday.
The five-car Andretti Autosport squad was back in action at Indianapolis on the appropriately-named Fast Friday after taking Thursday off, and stormed back to the front with four of their cars in the top ten as they made good use of the additional 40-50 horsepower turboboost allowed by IndyCar this weekend.

Marco Andretti took the top spot with a mighty lap of 227.540mph (39.5535s), almost 4mph faster than his previous best time set earlier in the week. He was 0.7mph faster than the next quickest man, Penske's Ryan Briscoe (226.835mph, 39.6764s), who was just faster than his team mate Helio Castroneves in third (226.716mph, 39.6973s).

Andretti's Ryan Hunter-Reay was in third with a lap speed of 227.540mph (39.5535s), James Hinchcliffe was sixth place (225.974mph, 39.8276s) and Ana Beatriz an impressive seventh (225.653mph, 39.8842s). Of the Andretti line-up, only Sebastian Saavedra missed out on the top ten finishing back in 19th position with a lap of 224.661mph (40.0604s).

With such strong showings from Andretti and Penske - both Chevrolet-powered cars - the only Honda representation was from the Ganassi duo of Scott Dixon in fifth (226.224mph, 39.7836s) and Dario Franchitti in ninth (225.370mph, 39.9344s). In all, the top 13 cars set times in excess of 225mph and the top 23 all set times faster than anyone had run prior to Friday.

A full report and driver quotes from practice 7 are available.

Practice 7

1. #26 Marco Andretti (C) 227.540mph 39.5535s (36 laps)
2. #2 Ryan Briscoe (C) 226.835mph 39.6764s + 0.1229s (41 laps)
3. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 226.716mph 39.6973s + 0.1438s (35 laps)
4. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 226.400mph 39.7526s + 0.1991s (22 laps)
5. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 226.224mph 39.7836s + 0.2301s (60 laps)
6. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 225.974mph 39.8276s + 0.2741s (20 laps)
7. #25 Ana Beatriz (C) 225.653mph 39.8842s + 0.3307s (24 laps)
8. #4 JR Hildebrand (C) 225.571mph 39.8987s + 0.3452s (15 laps)
9. #50 Dario Franchitti (H) 225.370mph 39.9344s + 0.3809s (54 laps)
10. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 225.322mph 39.9428s + 0.3893s (19 laps)
11. #12 Will Power (C) 225.288mph 39.9488s + 0.3953s (42 laps)
12. #5 EJ Viso (C) 225.137mph 39.9757s + 0.4222s (30 laps)
13. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 225.021mph 39.9963s + 0.4428s (43 laps)
14. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 224.964mph 40.0064s + 0.4529s (45 laps)
15. #19 James Jakes (H) 224.960mph 40.0071s + 0.4536s (53 laps)
16. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 224.946mph 40.0096s + 0.4561s (49 laps)
17. #15 Takuma Sato (H) 224.825mph 40.0312s + 0.4777s (43 laps)
18. #38 Graham Rahal (H) 224.789mph 40.0375s + 0.4840s (47 laps)
19. #17 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 224.661mph 40.0604s + 0.5069s (16 laps)
20. #14 Mike Conway (H) 224.333mph 40.1190s + 0.5655s (42 laps)
21. #8 Rubens Barrichello (C) 224.272mph 40.1299s + 0.5764s (18 laps)
22. #18 Justin Wilson (H) 224.258mph 40.1324s + 0.5789s (43 laps)
23. #39 Bryan Clauson (H) 224.224mph 40.1384s + 0.5849s (52 laps)
24. #98 Alex Tagliani (H) 223.576mph 40.2547s + 0.7012s (40 laps)
25. #41 Wade Cunningham (H) 222.898mph 40.3773s + 0.8238s (30 laps)
26. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 222.736mph 40.4065s + 0.8530s (44 laps)
27. #99 Townsend Bell (H) 221.738mph 40.5885s + 1.0350s (45 laps)
28. #30 Michel Jourdain (H) 221.396mph 40.6511s + 1.0976s (12 laps)
29. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 221.191mph 40.6888s + 1.1353s (58 laps)
30. #6 Katherine Legge (C) 219.430mph 41.0154s + 1.4619s (44 laps)
31. #64 Jean Alesi (L) 213.423mph 42.1697s + 2.6162s (40 laps)
32. #78 Simona de Silvestro (L) 212.516mph 42.3498s + 2.7963s (44 laps)

Total Laps: 1206
C=Chevy, H=Honda, L=Lotus

Combined practice times

1. #26 Marco Andretti (C) 227.540mph 39.5535s Practice 7 (217 laps)
2. #2 Ryan Briscoe (C) 226.835mph 39.6764s Practice 7 (331 laps)
3. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 226.716mph 39.6973s Practice 7 (286 laps)
4. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 226.400mph 39.7526s Practice 7 (254 laps)
5. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 226.224mph 39.7836s Practice 7 (371 laps)
6. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 225.974mph 39.8276s Practice 7 (241 laps)
7. #25 Ana Beatriz (C) 225.653mph 39.8842s Practice 7 (213 laps)
8. #4 JR Hildebrand (C) 225.571mph 39.8987s Practice 7 (225 laps)
9. #50 Dario Franchitti (H) 225.370mph 39.9344s Practice 7 (323 laps)
10. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 225.322mph 39.9428s Practice 7 (218 laps)
11. #12 Will Power (C) 225.288mph 39.9488s Practice 7 (323 laps)
12. #5 EJ Viso (C) 225.137mph 39.9757s Practice 7 (319 laps)
13. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 225.021mph 39.9963s Practice 7 (323 laps)
14. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 224.964mph 40.0064s Practice 7 (218 laps)
15. #19 James Jakes (H) 224.960mph 40.0071s Practice 7 (326 laps)
16. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 224.946mph 40.0096s Practice 7 (336 laps)
17. #15 Takuma Sato (H) 224.825mph 40.0312s Practice 7 (312 laps)
18. #38 Graham Rahal (H) 224.789mph 40.0375s Practice 7 (311 laps)
19. #17 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 224.661mph 40.0604s Practice 7 (226 laps)
20. #14 Mike Conway (H) 224.333mph 40.1190s Practice 7 (241 laps)
21. #8 Rubens Barrichello (C) 224.272mph 40.1299s Practice 7 (310 laps)
22. #18 Justin Wilson (H) 224.258mph 40.1324s Practice 7 (327 laps)
23. #39 Bryan Clauson (H) 224.224mph 40.1384s Practice 7 (279 laps)
24. #98 Alex Tagliani (H) 223.576mph 40.2547s Practice 7 (249 laps)
25. #41 Wade Cunningham (H) 222.898mph 40.3773s Practice 7 (195 laps)
26. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 222.736mph 40.4065s Practice 7 (290 laps)
27. #99 Townsend Bell (H) 221.738mph 40.5885s Practice 7 (212 laps)
28. #30 Michel Jourdain (H) 221.396mph 40.6511s Practice 7 (339 laps)
29. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 221.191mph 40.6888s Practice 7 (79 laps)
30. #22 Oriol Servia (C) 220.643mph 40.7899s Practice 6 (284 laps)
31. #6 Katherine Legge (C) 219.430mph 41.0154s Practice 7 (44 laps)
32. #83T Charlie Kimball (H) 218.812mph 41.1312s Practice 2 (62 laps)
33. #11T Tony Kanaan (C) 217.741mph 41.3335s Practice 1 (20 laps)
34. #9T Scott Dixon (H) 217.244mph 41.4281s Practice 1 (8 laps)
35. #8T Rubens Barrichello (C) 216.724mph 41.5274s Practice 3 (49 laps)
36. #50T Dario Franchitti (H) 215.896mph 41.6867s Practice 1 (19 laps)
37. #25 Marco Andretti (C) 214.745mph 41.9101s Practice 2 (12 laps)
38. #17 Marco Andretti (C) 214.737mph 41.9118s Practice 1 (4 laps)
39. #5 Tony Kanaan (C) 214.422mph 41.9734s Practice 6 (4 laps)
40. #8 Tony Kanaan (C) 213.664mph 42.1223s Practice 2 (5 laps)
41. #64 Jean Alesi (L) 213.423mph 42.1697s Practice 7 (262 laps)
42. #78 Simona de Silvestro (L) 212.516mph 42.3498s Practice 7 (194 laps)

Total Laps: 8861
C=Chevy, H=Honda, L=Lotus


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Ryan Hunter-Reay #28 Team DHL Sun Drop Citrus Soda Andretti Autosport during practice for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500. 12-27 May, 2012, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. (c) 2012 Dan R. Boyd LAT Photo USA (Photo credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
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Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6,  celebrates winning pole position for the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Montoya won the pole and will start in the front row next to teammate Will Power, who qualified second. (Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6,  celebrates winning pole position for the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Montoya won the pole and will start in the front row next to teammate Will Power, who qualified second. (Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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