Bourdais reaches top of Indy speed chart before rain delay

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Sebastien Bourdais took advantage of an extra horsepower bump Friday and posted the fastest early lap in Indianapolis 500 practice.

His top speed was 233.116 mph. Ryan Hunter-Reay was second at 232.132. Takuma Sato was third at 231.969. Juan Pablo Montoya was fourth.

The fastest Chevrolet driver had a top speed of 231.682. Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso was fifth at 231.549 before rain doused the 2.5-mile oval, stopping practice.

Thirty-two drivers made it onto the track on what was the final full day of practice before qualifying begins Saturday. The nine-car pole shootout will be held Sunday and the race is scheduled for May 28.

Rookie Jack Harvey completed 11 laps before his car started smoking.


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