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Simon Pagenaud Tops Fast Friday Practice for 2015 Indianapolis 500

For the second consecutive day, Simon Pagenaud topped the field at the Brickyard.

Pagenaud put down the quickest time of Friday’s practice session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, posting a speed of 230.698 mph. The lap gave Pagenaud back-to-back fastest laps in the final two practice sessions before this weekend’s qualifying session at the track.

Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan were second and third fastest on the day, putting down laps at speeds of 230.655 mph and 230.457 mph, respectively.

The top six drivers all put down laps of over 230 mph. Marco Andretti put down the fourth-quickest lap to lead the way for Honda and Andretti Autosport. Will Power and Sage Karam also topped 230 mph to set the fifth and sixth-quickest laps.

Gabby Chaves, Helio Castroneves, Takuma Sato and Juan Pablo Montoya rounded out the top-10 speeds.

All 34 drivers managed to make laps on Fast Friday. Pippa Mann looked as though she may not get to as her Dale Coyne Racing crew worked to repair the car she crashed on Wednesday. However, she finally made her way onto the track for a four-lap run in the final five minutes of practice. Mann clocked in as 33rd-quickest, right on the bubble for making the race.

The Verizon IndyCar Series will return to action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway tomorrow for the first day of qualifying. The day’s events will start with practice sessions beginning at 8:00 a.m. ET, followed by qualifying at 10:45 a.m. ET.

About the author

A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.

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