Pair of IndyCar-related wins, interesting laptimes at Rolex 24

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Sebastien Bourdais will have got all the glory of the overall Rolex 24 at Daytona win, and Townsend Bell, NBCSN’s IndyCar analyst, also was in the headlines as his Level 5 Motorsports team bagged the GT Daytona class win after a review by IMSA.

They weren’t alone in putting up interesting times or storylines from this year’s Rolex 24.

More than 20 drivers who competed in one or more IndyCar race in 2013 took to the grid at this year’s Rolex 24, as well as the top two from Indy Lights and new 2014 rookie Mikhail Aleshin.

Here’s a breakdown of their results, and additionally, their best lap times and average lap times.

The data was compiled by Mike Hedlund, a Co-Founder & CTO at Social Concepts who also races full-time in the Pirelli World Challenge championship with the DragonSpeed Ferrari team. Hedlund’s full data breakdown from all drivers can be found here; in the meantime, here’s the results and times breakdown for the IndyCar contingent below.

Race results, 2014 confirmed drivers:

Driver Team Class/Class Result  Best Time/ Avg. Lap
Sebastien Bourdais Action Express Racing P/1st, overall win  1:39.2/1:41.96
Simon Pagenaud Extreme Speed Motorsports P/7th  1:40.8/1:42.93
Scott Dixon/Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing P/8th  1:40.2/1:41.96;1:40.2/1:42.22
Justin Wilson Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian P/12th  1:40.9/1:42.71
Ryan Hunter-Reay SRT Motorsports GTLM/3rd  1:45.2/1:47.04
Graham Rahal BMW Team RLL GTLM/4th  1:45.5/1:47.51
Mikhail Aleshin SMP/ESM Racing GTD/4th  1:47.5/1:49.71
James Hinchcliffe SpeedSource P/14th  1:53.1/1:54.1
Ryan Briscoe Corvette Racing GTLM/10th  1:46.0/1:48.24 

Race results, Other 2013 drivers (IndyCar/Indy Lights): 

Driver Team Class/Class Result  Best Time/ Avg. Lap
Lucas Luhr Muscle Milk Pickett Racing P/5th  1:40.9/1:43.09
Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing P/11th  1:41.2/1:43.14
AJ Allmendinger Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian P/12th  1:40.6/1:42.65
Tristan Vautier SpeedSource P/13th  1:49.6/1:52.15
Katherine Legge/Gabby Chaves DeltaWing Racing Cars P/16th  1:41.0/1:44.39;1:41.5/1:43.92
E.J. Viso/Sebastian Saavedra Starworks Motorsport P/17th  1:40.7/1:42.92;N/A
Alex Tagliani/Conor Daly RSR Racing PC/8th  1:43.7/1:45.74;1:43.7/1:45.77
Townsend Bell Level 5 Motorsports GTD/1st  1:48.2/1:49.52
James Davison TRG-AMR GTD/22nd  1:47.6/1:50.44

Sage Karam, Tony Kanaan fastest in Monday’s practice for Indy 500

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In the second-to-last practice session of the week, Sage Karam paced the 33 drivers qualified for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 on Monday.

Karam had a field-best speed of 226.461 mph, followed by Tony Kanan (225.123 mph), Ryan Hunter-Reay (224.820), Charlie Kimball (224.582) and Alexander Rossi (224.507).

Sixth through 10th fastest were Will Power (224.445), Helio Castroneves (224.368), Marco Andretti (224.148) and rookie Zachary Claman Demelo (224.91) and Scott Dixon (223.966).

Power and Castroneves ran the most laps of all drivers at 120 and 118, respectively.

Two other Team Penske drivers struggled to get speed out of their cars. Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden was 28th-fastest (221.982 mph) and Simon Pagenaud, who was the slowest (220.902 mph) of the 33 cars on-track.

Pole sitter Ed Carpenter was 14th-fastest with a best speed of 223.573 mph in a 100-lap effort.

Most drivers were in race trim or were testing things for Sunday’s Greatest Spectacle In Racing such as fuel mileage, chassis setup and more.

Rookie Matheus Leist missed most of the session with an apparent electrical problem that kept him to just 19 laps.

There was one incident of note during the 3 ½ hour session: IndyCar rookie Robert Wickens crashed coming out of Turn 2 during the first hour of practice.

Wickens appeared to skim the outside SAFER Barrier, went left and then violently turned hard back into the outside retaining wall.

MORE: Wickens wrecks during Indy 500 practice

The Honda-powered machine for the Canadian driver suffered heavy damage to the right side, particularly the right front tire and the right side of the front end.

There will be no further on-track activity for the Indy cars until Friday’s final practice to fine tune things for Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

We’ll have the full practice speed chart, as well as What Drivers Said, shortly. Please check back soon.

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