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2012 Indy 500: Josef Newgarden With Early Top Speed Results

With opening day around the corner, the drivers hit the track for the first time and get some practice.

May 12, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden waits on pit road during practice for the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE
May 12, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden waits on pit road during practice for the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

Practice is underway at the Indianapolis 500 and the competition is getting a feel for the track. After a delay to accommodate for rookie driver Katherine Legge's Rookie Orientation Program, the field has mostly finished their initial runs and begun to settle in after a quick first day.


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Here's a look at the latest top speed results, courtesy of IndyStar.com

Pos. Driver No. Best speed Last speed Laps
1 Newgarden, Josef 67 222.709 216.942 40
2 Kimball, Charlie 83 221.321 143.465 33
3 Wilson, Justin 18 221.160 217.970 28
4 Dixon, Scott 9 221.143 143.568 64
5 Power, Will 12 220.581 219.125 39
6 Rahal, Graham 38 220.511 147.149 33
7 Clauson, Bryan 39 220.489 212.628 46
8 Franchitti, Dario 50 220.090 133.368 59
9 Sato, Takuma 15 219.900 140.448 47
10 Tagliani, Alex 98 219.798 145.901 39

Josef Newgarden took home the day's top spot, beating Charlie Kimball by almost a full 2 mph. The hotly-contested third-best run feature Kimball, Justin Wilson and Scott Dixon all separated by less than half a mile per hour.

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