Tony Kanaan on top at Indianapolis

Tony Kanaan at Indianapolis

Tony Kanaan at Indianapolis

Tony Kanaan has set the fastest time in Thursday practice for this year’s Indianapolis 500 aboard the #11 7-Eleven car of Andretti Autosport.

Kanaan is arguably the best driver in this year’s field never to have won the Indianapolis 500. Coincidentally, his team owner Michael Andretti is arguably the greatest driver of all time never to have won an Indy 500.

Kanaan, who led laps in each of his first seven races at Indy, admitted that his time came from a qualifying simulation run where he enjoyed the advantage of slipstream assistance, on a day where many of the pre-race favourites concentrated solely on race set-up.

“I think everybody knows how we pulled those speeds up. Everybody has been doing it all week,” said Kanaan.

“The car felt good, and although it was in the draft; you have to have a good car to get those kinds of speeds. We worked on qualifying today along with a lot of people.

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“It’s going to be very interesting on Saturday if it rains tomorrow. It’s a very tight field.”

Kanaan admitted that the might of Penske and Ganassi are likely to be too tough to topple in the battle for pole.

“Right now, I don’t see anybody else besides the three Penske and the two Ganassi guys to be on the pole, to be honest with you,” said Kanaan.

“Unless somebody finds something between now and Saturday; I think we’re going to see that they’re going to play between themselves.”

Friday will see the final day of practice at the Brickyard before qualifying, although weather forecasts for ‘Fast Friday’ are pointing to rain.

Pole Day qualifying will be staged on Saturday, with Bump Day to set the field of 33 drivers on Sunday.

RESULTS: Indianapolis 500 – Practice 6

Pos. No. Driver Team Lap Speed
1. #11 Tony Kanaan Andretti Autosport 226.775mph
2. #15 Paul Tracy KV Racing Technology 226.322
3. #06 Hideki Mutoh Newman/Haas Racing 226.230
4. #26 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 226.108
5. #4 Dan Wheldon Panther Racing 226.106
6. #3 Helio Castroneves Team Penske 226.080
7. #12 Will Power Team Penske 225.836
8. #77 Alex Tagliani FAZZT Race Team 225.609
9. #30 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Racing 225.559
10. #21 Davey Hamilton Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 225.431
13. #9 Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing 225.035
16. #6 Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 224.811
20. #10 Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Racing 224.167

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