Sebastien Bourdais led Dale Coyne Racing to the top of the speed charts during Friday's fifth practice session for the Indianapolis 500 as teams focused on qualifying pace prior to the weekend's running.

'Fast Friday' sees the drivers and teams get one final chance to dial in their cars prior to qualifying across Saturday and Sunday, and it certainly lived up to its name as average lap speeds escalated.

Bourdais put in an early effort of 233.116 mph that was good enough for P1 come the end of the day, giving Dale Coyne Racing another boost after an impressive start to the Verizon IndyCar Series season.

It proved to be another impressive day for the Andretti drivers as Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato took second and third respectively, but it was Fernando Alonso who stole the headlines by taking P4 for the third consecutive day.

Alonso's learning curve has been steep ahead of his Indy 500 debut, but the Spaniard was able to record a quickest individual lap average of 231.827 mph. The lap came as part of a qualifying simulation that averaged out at 231.413 mph.

Juan Pablo Montoya was the sole Chevrolet-powered driver to break the top 10, finishing fifth for Penske, while James Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin took P6 and P7 respectively for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Thursday leader Jay Howard was eighth ahead of Ed Jones, with defending Indy 500 champion Alexander Rossi rounding out the top 10.

Running was truncated throughout Friday due to a number of on-track incidents and a sharp rain shower mid-way through the allotted running. Zach Veach and Spencer Pigot had heavy crashes, but thankfully both were checked and cleared by the medical staff on-site at IMS.

Running continues on Saturday with the first stage of qualifying to decide which drivers make the Fast Nine shoot-out for pole position on Sunday.

 

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