Pagenaud quickest as poor weather continues
15 May 2014 – Simon Pagenaud topped the timesheets on another limited day of practice for the Indianapolis 500.
With rain falling overnight and in the morning, the start of the fourth official practice day was pushed back by five hours, while further showers in the evening meant that the drivers had just under an hour of track time.
Schmidt's Pagenaud rose to the fore during this short period, recording an average of 226.122mph, putting him just ahead of J.R. Hildebrand (225.854mph), Scott Dixon (225.494mph) and Hélio Castroneves (225.340mph).
"The conditions are very good for a fast lap," said Pagenaud, winner of last week's Indianapolis road race.
"The density of the air is a lot stronger so you can run in a little less wind for the same amount of downforce as Tuesday. That creates lap time – the engines work better. That's why you have seen big laps in this session."