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Thursday practice: Chaves top, Penskes fastest without a tow

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Thursday practice: Chaves top, Penskes fastest without a tow
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May 19, 2016, 5:44 PM

In the opening two hours of Thursday practice. Gabby Chaves sent Dale Coyne Racing-Honda to the top of the speed charts with a 227.961mph lap, as Will Power broke the 225mph barrier without the benefit of a draft

Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Gabby Chaves, Dale Coyne Racing Honda
Pippa Mann, Dale Coyne Racing Honda
Carlos Munoz, Andretti Autosport Honda

In ambient temperatures of 71deg, Carlos Munoz in the #26 Andretti Autosport-Honda was the first to reach 227mph, but after an hour, Chaves went fastest, as Power and two-time Indy winner Juan Pablo Montoya put their Penske-Chevrolets into clean air and set speeds of 225.381 and 225.156mph respectively.

Townsend Bell eventually eclipsed his Andretti teammate to grab P2, while Conor Daly (fourth) and Pippa Mann (eighth) gave Coyne three cars in the top 10.

Charlie Kimball and Scott Dixon were fifth and sixth fastest, first-day pacesetter Marco Andretti was seventh.

Behind Power and Montoya in the no-tow laps was Andretti’s Alexander Rossi, Munoz and Andretti, with the one-off #77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda of Oriol Servia in sixth.

Also impressive in the no-tow table were rookie and Motorsport.com columnist Stefan Wilson (14th on 220.679mph). 

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