Indy 500: Kanaan leads final practice on Carb Day
AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet’s Tony Kanaan led the last on-track session before Sunday’s 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, as drivers made final setup tweaks, ran in long trains and practiced pitstops.
Following morning rain, the session was delayed 15mins and shortened to 80 minutes, and 2013 Indy winner Kanaan was delighted not so much with his top lap – 225.517mph – which was purely about being in the “right draft at the right time” but more with “a few key changes” that have left him much happier with his cars’ potential.
Dale Coyne Racing figured well with rookie Santino Ferrucci claiming second, James Davison’s DCR with Byrd and Belardi car fifth and Sebastien Bourdais sixth in the DCR with Vasser-Sullivan entry.
The 2017 winner Takuma Sato claimed third for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda ahead of one-off teammate and oval rookie Jordan King in fourth.
Alexander Rossi was top Andretti Autosport-Honda driver in seventh ahead of Carlin-Chevrolet’s sole entry Charlie Kimball and Harding Steinbrenner Racing-Honda’s rookie Colton Herta in ninth.
Defending winner Will Power led the Team Penske-Chevrolet quartet in 10th, with teammates three-time winner Helio Castroneves, 2017 IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden and Sunday’s polesitter and Indy GP winner Simon Pagenaud in 22nd. Newgarden was also the busiest driver, turning 72 laps, while Ben Hanley in the DragonSpeed entry produced 38 laps, his best being 219.719mph.
There were no yellow flags and the only notable incident was Graham Rahal brushing his right-rear on the SAFER barrier on the exit of Turn 2.
|1||Tony Kanaan||39.908||17||40||225.517||Chevy||AJ Foyt Enterprises|
|2||Santino Ferrucci||39.914||60||64||225.486||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing|
|3||Takuma Sato||39.917||3||64||225.468||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|4||Jordan King||39.940||11||64||225.337||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|5||James Davison||39.944||7||55||225.314||Honda||Dale Coyne with Byrd and Belardi|
|6||Sebastien Bourdais||39.949||21||55||225.288||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan|
|7||Alexander Rossi||40.055||7||44||224.692||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|9||Colton Herta||40.084||26||59||224.527||Honda||Harding Steinbrenner Racing|
|10||Will Power||40.136||12||59||224.240||Chevy||Team Penske|
|11||James Hinchcliffe||40.151||33||48||224.152||Honda||Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports|
|12||Helio Castroneves||40.162||6||49||224.094||Chevy||Team Penske|
|13||Josef Newgarden||40.194||39||72||223.911||Chevy||Team Penske|
|14||Spencer Pigot||40.196||4||49||223.905||Chevy||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|15||Ryan Hunter-Reay||40.239||5||38||223.664||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|16||Conor Daly||40.240||6||53||223.659||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|17||Graham Rahal||40.261||7||63||223.541||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|18||Ed Carpenter||40.272||3||46||223.481||Chevy||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|19||Scott Dixon||40.289||14||54||223.388||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing Teams|
|20||Felix Rosenqvist||40.321||55||65||223.210||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing Teams|
|21||Jack Harvey||40.363||14||56||222.978||Honda||Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM|
|22||Simon Pagenaud||40.385||34||64||222.856||Chevy||Team Penske|
|23||Marco Andretti||40.391||9||43||222.824||Honda||Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian|
|24||JR Hildebrand||40.402||9||44||222.762||Chevy||Dreyer and Reinbold Racing|
|25||Marcus Ericsson||40.402||8||54||222.759||Honda||Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports|
|26||Pippa Mann||40.428||17||60||222.621||Chevy||Clauson-Marshall Racing|
|27||Oriol Servia||40.429||51||61||222.612||Honda||Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports|
|28||Zach Veach||40.435||15||59||222.582||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|29||Sage Karam||40.459||34||41||222.450||Chevy||Dreyer and Reinbold Racing|
|30||Matheus Leist||40.504||32||50||222.202||Chevy||AJ Foyt Enterprises|
|31||Ed Jones||40.520||15||58||222.112||Chevy||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|32||Kyle Kaiser||40.596||5||42||221.699||Chevy||Juncos Racing|
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