2013 Indianapolis 500 Practice: Rookie Carlos Munoz tops Thursday practice with 225-mph lap

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Rookie Carlos Munoz shot to the top of the speed chart in Indianapolis 500 practice Thursday with a lap at 225.163 mph, the fastest through the first six days of practice.

One day after a Honda driver (Dario Franchitti) took their first turn atop the speed charts, Chevrolet and Andretti Autosport recaptured the top spot in Indianapolis 500 practice with driver Carlos Munoz. Munoz turned a lap time of 39.9711 at 225.163 mph on Thursday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

He turned the fast lap during the final 10 minutes of practice.

An Andretti driver has been the fastest in four of the six sessions thus far in May. Munoz is the only driver to be fastest more than once, scoring the best overall time in the most recent session.

Continuing the theme of the month, Team Andretti drivers scored the top three spots in practice and four of the top six overall. Munoz led teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti in taking the Thursday podium. Like most fast laps this month, Munoz attributed his time to the tow from running in the draft.

But most importantly, Munoz says his car is comfortable running in a pack, the key component to winning once the actual race begins on May 26.

"But yeah, this last run I felt really comfortable each time I ran behind people in racing conditions," Munoz said. "Each time I felt more comfortable. We are improving the car from the beginning until now, and I think right now we are really strong. We have a real strong car every time we test, and we can go back and make sure we have a pretty competitive car."

IndyCar just announced Thursday the turbo boost settings for the remainder of the month.

As with the 2012 race, the boost level will be upped from 130 kPa to 140 kPa for "Fast Friday" and qualifying on Saturday and Sunday. Race Day settings will remain at 130. Munoz is looking forward to experiencing how the car handles with the qualifying settings applied to Friday's final session before chasing the pole.

"I'm excited to feel more speed again," Munoz said. "I'm comfortable and think we'll have a great car, a really secure car. But I will tell you tomorrow how I feel after my first run how it feels to have this boost."

Have Andretti Autosport set themselves up for a pole position amongst one of its five drivers? The complete speeds from Tuesday's practice session can be found below.

  1. Carlos Munoz 225.163 mph
  2. Ryan Hunter-Reay 225.006 mph
  3. Marco Andretti 224.882 mph
  4. Scott Dixon 224.468 mph
  5. Helio Castroneves 224.457 mph
  6. EJ Viso 224.221 mph
  7. JR Hildebrand 224.075 mph
  8. Ed Carpenter 224.019 mph
  9. Oriol Servia 223.995 mph
  10. Takuma Sato 223.660 mph
  11. AJ Allmendinger 223.660 mph
  12. Simon Pagenaud 223.465 mph
  13. Justin Wilson 223.460 mph
  14. Townsend Bell 223.182 mph
  15. Dario Franchitti 222.818 mph
  16. Will Power 222.383 mph
  17. Tony Kanaan 222.165 mph
  18. Sebastien Bourdais 222.130 mph
  19. Tristan Vautier 222.020 mph
  20. James Hinchcliffe 221.887 mph
  21. Charlie Kimball 221.886 mph
  22. Simona De Silvestro 221.776 mph
  23. Alex Tagliani 221.584 mph
  24. Ryan Briscoe 221.414 mph
  25. Sebastian Saavedra 221.315 mph
  26. Pippa Mann 221.241 mph
  27. Josef Newgarden 221.152 mph
  28. Conor Daly 220.780 mph
  29. James Jakes 220.676 mph
  30. Graham Rahal 220.555 mph
  31. Ana Beatriz 219.930 mph
  32. Michel Jourdain Jr. 218.073 mph
  33. Buddy Lazier 106.867 mph

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