- Associated Press - Friday, May 18, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Marco Andretti is taking advantage of an IndyCar power boost.

The 24-year-old American turned the first 226 mph lap this week at Indianapolis, then outdid himself with the only 227 mph of the week — making him one of the favorites to the Indianapolis 500 pole.

Andretti posted a fast lap of 227.540 on Friday, the final full day of practice before qualifications begin Saturday.

Ryan Briscoe and three-time Indy winner Helio Castroneves, teammates on Roger Penske’s team, were second and third. Briscoe went 226.835 while Castroneves went 226.716.

The speeds picked up after series officials allowed the engines to run with more horsepower, which added about 4 mph to the speeds.

Practice stopped briefly when Mexico’s Michel Jourdain blew an engine on the No. 30 car.

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