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2013 Indy 500: Practice 5 times

Dario Franchitti finally brought an end to the run of Chevrolet-powered cars at the top of this week's daily practice sessions ahead of the 2013 Indianapolis 500.
Dario Franchitti went to the top of the timesheets on Wednesday, the fifth day of practice for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500, putting in a time of 40.1363s (224.236mph) which was just under a tenth faster than Townsend Bell who was second fastest for the day.

Franchitti's time capped the first day of 2013 Indy 500 practice so far in which a Chevrolet-powered car has not topped the timesheets. Ed Carpenter headed the first day of practice on Saturday, while it's been an unbroken Andretti Autosports roll call in the intervening days until now. As well as setting the overall fastest time of the day with 27 minutes remaining of the six-hour track session, Franchitti also set the best non-tow time of the day with a speed of 218.789mph.

"It doesn't really count for much, but it's nice nonetheless," said the three-time Indy 500 champion, adding that the Ganassi team had been unhappy with their early runs and made setup changes before hitting their stride later in the afternoon. "We ran some and I was pretty happy with it, so we went out there with some of the Andretti guys and my teammates," he said, referring to Scott Dixon, Charlie Kimball and Ryan Briscoe.

"Really the lap time came from being in the right place at the right time," he admitted. "It was when you got the tow and how big the tow was, so for us it was more important that the car was balanced and how the car is in traffic and stuff, and we're getting there. Still got a little work to do, but we're closer than we have been."

Times as a whole were slightly down on Wednesday, which saw temperatures reach 88F during the day, and so Franchitti's time was actually the fourth fastest of all the practice days so far; only two drivers (Marco Andretti and Helio Castroneves) have so far broken the 225mph/40s marks and both of them achieved this on Monday.

Practice time was paused for five track inspections during the day, plus a yellow for debris after Sebastian Saavedra shed the decals off the side of the #6 Dragon car 90 minutes into the day's activities; and another stoppage with an hour to go in the day after Conor Daly's #41 AJ Foyt Racing car stopped out on track and needed to be recovered.

See pictures from the practice sessions so far.

Practice 5 times

1. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 224.236mph 40.1363s Leader (68 laps)
2. #60 Townsend Bell (C) 223.716mph 40.2295s + 0.0932s (34 laps)
3. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 223.699mph 40.2327s + 0.0964s (67 laps)
4. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 223.093mph 40.3420s + 0.2057s (91 laps)
5. #8 Ryan Briscoe (H) 222.803mph 40.3945s + 0.2582s (92 laps)
6. #25 Marco Andretti (C) 222.741mph 40.4056s + 0.2693s (101 laps)
7. #5 EJ Viso (C) 222.727mph 40.4082s + 0.2719s (77 laps)
8. #98 Alex Tagliani (H) 222.350mph 40.4768s + 0.3405s (36 laps)
9. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 222.312mph 40.4837s + 0.3474s (73 laps)
10. #26 Carlos Munoz * (C) 222.268mph 40.4917s + 0.3554s (96 laps)
11. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 221.879mph 40.5627s + 0.4264s (107 laps)
12. #14 Takuma Sato (H) 221.805mph 40.5761s + 0.4398s (87 laps)
13. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 221.677mph 40.5996s + 0.4633s (45 laps)
14. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 221.670mph 40.6009s + 0.4646s (113 laps)
15. #4 JR Hildebrand (C) 221.316mph 40.6658s + 0.5295s (53 laps)
16. #16 James Jakes (H) 221.241mph 40.6797s + 0.5434s (42 laps)
17. #22 Oriol Servia (C) 221.153mph 40.6958s + 0.5595s (59 laps)
18. #2 AJ Allmendinger * (C) 221.093mph 40.7069s + 0.5706s (54 laps)
19. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 220.989mph 40.7261s + 0.5898s (68 laps)
20. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 220.949mph 40.7333s + 0.5970s (18 laps)
21. #55 Tristan Vautier * (H) 220.765mph 40.7673s + 0.6310s (60 laps)
22. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 220.721mph 40.7755s + 0.6392s (51 laps)
23. #12 Will Power (C) 220.719mph 40.7759s + 0.6396s (95 laps)
24. #41 Conor Daly * (H) 220.659mph 40.7870s + 0.6507s (126 laps)
25. #6 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 220.343mph 40.8455s + 0.7092s (68 laps)
26. #21 Josef Newgarden (H) 220.293mph 40.8547s + 0.7184s (52 laps)
27. #19 Justin Wilson (H) 220.174mph 40.8767s + 0.7404s (85 laps)
28. #78 Simona De Silvestro (C) 219.859mph 40.9353s + 0.7990s (18 laps)
29. #63 Pippa Mann (H) 219.793mph 40.9476s + 0.8113s (28 laps)
30. #15 Graham Rahal (H) 219.123mph 41.0728s + 0.9365s (49 laps)
31. #18 Ana Beatriz (H) 218.315mph 41.2249s + 1.0886s (59 laps)
32. #17 Michel Jourdain Jr (H) 218.037mph 41.2774s + 1.1411s (93 laps)

Total Laps: 2165
* Denotes Rookie

Combined practice times

1. #25 Marco Andretti (C) 225.100mph 39.9823s Practice 3 (276 laps)
2. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 225.075mph 39.9866s Practice 3 (185 laps)
3. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 224.386mph 40.1095s Practice 3 (283 laps)
4. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 224.236mph 40.1363s Practice 5 (257 laps)
5. #25 James Hinchcliffe (C) 224.210mph 40.1410s Practice 4 (26 laps)
6. #12 Will Power (C) 223.784mph 40.2173s Practice 3 (214 laps)
7. #60 Townsend Bell (C) 223.716mph 40.2295s Practice 5 (102 laps)
8. #4 JR Hildebrand (C) 223.652mph 40.2411s Practice 4 (188 laps)
9. #14 Takuma Sato (H) 223.363mph 40.2931s Practice 3 (243 laps)
10. #2 AJ Allmendinger * (C) 223.264mph 40.3111s Practice 3 (232 laps)
11. #5 EJ Viso (C) 223.138mph 40.3337s Practice 4 (296 laps)
12. #21 Josef Newgarden (H) 223.123mph 40.3365s Practice 4 (125 laps)
13. #26 Carlos Munoz * (C) 223.110mph 40.3389s Practice 4 (358 laps)
14. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 223.075mph 40.3452s Practice 3 (257 laps)
15. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 222.833mph 40.3890s Practice 3 (241 laps)
16. #8 Ryan Briscoe (H) 222.803mph 40.3945s Practice 5 (213 laps)
17. #98 Alex Tagliani (H) 222.350mph 40.4768s Practice 5 (229 laps)
18. #21T Josef Newgarden (H) 222.340mph 40.4785s Practice 3 (162 laps)
19. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 222.312mph 40.4837s Practice 5 (246 laps)
20. #22 Oriol Servia (C) 222.093mph 40.5236s Practice 4 (194 laps)
21. #27 Marco Andretti (C) 221.972mph 40.5456s Practice 4 (22 laps)
22. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 221.879mph 40.5627s Practice 5 (249 laps)
23. #19 Justin Wilson (H) 221.810mph 40.5752s Practice 3 (236 laps)
24. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 221.801mph 40.5770s Practice 3 (207 laps)
25. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 221.704mph 40.5946s Practice 3 (226 laps)
26. #78 Simona de Silvestro (C) 221.613mph 40.6114s Practice 3 (195 laps)
27. #16 James Jakes (H) 221.241mph 40.6797s Practice 5 (42 laps)
28. #6 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 221.119mph 40.7021s Practice 4 (202 laps)
29. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 221.088mph 40.7077s Practice 4 (169 laps)
30. #55 Tristan Vautier * (H) 220.765mph 40.7673s Practice 5 (133 laps)
31. #41 Conor Daly * (H) 220.659mph 40.7870s Practice 5 (257 laps)
32. #83T Charlie Kimball (H) 220.633mph 40.7917s Practice 1 (16 laps)
33. #63 Pippa Mann (H) 220.500mph 40.8163s Practice 3 (87 laps)
34. #15T Graham Rahal (H) 220.360mph 40.8423s Practice 3 (117 laps)
35. #18 Ana Beatriz (H) 219.975mph 40.9137s Practice 3 (187 laps)
36. #16T James Jakes (H) 219.191mph 41.0601s Practice 4 (163 laps)
37. #15 Graham Rahal (H) 219.123mph 41.0728s Practice 5 (49 laps)
38. #10T Dario Franchitti (H) 218.842mph 41.1255s Practice 1 (6 laps)
39. #9T Scott Dixon (H) 218.143mph 41.2574s Practice 1 (6 laps)
40. #17 Michel Jourdain Jr (H) 218.037mph 41.2774s Practice 5 (231 laps)
41. #8T Ryan Briscoe (H) 217.773mph 41.3274s Practice 2 (12 laps)
42. #2 Helio Castroneves (C) 216.620mph 41.5475s Practice 1 (13 laps)

Total Laps for Combined Sessions: 7152
* Denotes Rookie

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Ryan Briscoe on the fifth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Wednesday May 15, 2013. (Picture Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Sebastian Saavedra practices a pit stop on the fifth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Wednesday May 15, 2013. (Picture Credit: Mark Reed for IndyCar Media)
The AJ Foyt Racing car leave pit lane on the fifth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Wednesday May 15, 2013. (Picture Credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Townsend Bell in the cockpit of the #60 on the fifth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Wednesday May 15, 2013. (Picture Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ed Carpenter talks to the media on the fifth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Wednesday May 15, 2013. (Picture Credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Townsend Bell with his pit crew on the fifth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Wednesday May 15, 2013. (Picture Credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Dario Franchitti meets the press after the fifth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Wednesday May 15, 2013. (Picture Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
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