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IndyCar: It's Hinchcliffe's turn to lead at Indianapolis (+photos)

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Khatir Soltani
Andretti Autosport's James Hinchcliffe was the fastest driver on the fourth day of practice for the upcoming Indianapolis 500, and his teammates also showed pace by finishing in the top 8.

Indy 500 James Hinchcliffe
James Hinchcliffe. (Photo: Walter Kuhn)

The Canadian set a lap speed of 224.210 mph early in the session that would remain the best time of the day. JR Hildebrand (Panther Racing) came in second with a lap of 223.652 mph.

“Hinch” teammate, Marco Andretti ended-up in third fastest followed by Helio Castroneves (Penske) and two other Andretti drivers, Ryan Hunter-Reay and EJ Viso.

JR Hilderbrand Indy 500
JR Hilderbrand. (Photo: Bret Kelley)

Conditions were considerably warmer than they had been for the first three days, which created challenges for some drivers as they worked to refine their set-ups.

Indy 500 Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud. (Photo: Forrest Mellott)

Almost all of the drivers that intend to attempt to qualify for the race were on track, with Buddy Lazier's self-run car the only confirmed entry still not to have turned a lap.

Indy 500 Marco Andretti
Marco Andretti. (Photo: Bret Kelley)

Pos  Driver  Team/Car  Time Gap

1. James Hinchcliffe  Andretti Dallara-Chevy  40.1410s
2. JR Hildebrand  Panther Dallara-Chevy  40.2411s + 0.1001s
3. Marco Andretti  Andretti Dallara-Chevy  40.2558s + 0.1148s
4. Helio Castroneves   Penske Dallara-Chevy  40.2584s + 0.1174s
5. Ryan Hunter-Reay   Andretti Dallara-Chevy   40.2987s + 0.1577s
6. EJ Viso  Andretti Dallara-Chevy  40.3337s + 0.1927s
7. Josef Newgarden  Fisher Dallara-Honda   40.3365s + 0.1955s
8. Carlos Munoz  Andretti Dallara-Chevy  40.3389s + 0.1979s
9. Oriol Servia  Panther DRR Dallara-Chevy  40.5236s + 0.3826s
10. AJ Allmendinger  Penske Dallara-Chevy  40.5397s + 0.3987s
11. Marco Andretti  Andretti Dallara-Chevy  40.5456s + 0.4046s
12. Townsend Bell   Panther Dallara-Chevy  40.5592s + 0.4182s
13. Will Power   Penske Dallara-Chevy  40.6038s + 0.4628s
14. Sebastian Saavedra   Dragon Dallara-Chevy  40.7021s + 0.5611s
15. Sebastien Bourdais   Dragon Dallara-Chevy  40.7077s + 0.5667s
16. Simona de Silvestro  KV Dallara-Chevy   40.7308s + 0.5898s
17. Ed Carpenter  Carpenter Dallara-Chevy  40.7429s + 0.6019s
18. Charlie Kimball   Ganassi Dallara-Honda  40.7753s + 0.6343s
19. Tony Kanaan   KV Dallara-Chevy  40.7895s + 0.6485s
20. Simon Pagenaud  Schmidt Dallara-Honda  40.7995s + 0.6585s
21. Dario Franchitti  Ganassi Dallara-Honda  40.8159s + 0.6749s
22. Ryan Briscoe  Ganassi Dallara-Honda  40.8905s + 0.7495s
23. Tristan Vautier  Schmidt Dallara-Honda  40.9060s + 0.7650s
24. Scott Dixon   Ganassi Dallara-Honda  40.9373s + 0.7963s
25. Conor Daly  Foyt Dallara-Honda  40.9672s + 0.8262s
26. Pippa Mann   Coyne Dallara-Honda  40.9859s + 0.8449s
27. Justin Wilson  Coyne Dallara-Honda  41.0601s + 0.9191s
28. Ana Beatriz  Coyne Dallara-Honda  41.0962s + 0.9552s
29. Alex Tagliani   Herta Dallara-Honda  41.2442s + 1.1032s
30. Graham Rahal   Rahal Dallara-Honda  41.5450s + 1.4040s
31. Takuma Sato   Foyt Dallara-Honda  41.5482s + 1.4072s

Indy 500 Will Power
Will Power. (Photo: Bret Kelley)

Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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