Dario Franchitti tops ‘Carb Day’

Dario Franchitti topped 'Carb Day' final practice

Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Dario Franchitti has set the fastest time during the final practice during ‘Carb Day’ at the Indianapolis 500.

In a further strong showing Kiwi team-mate Scott Dixon was second quickest during a session, while Marco Andretti was third in the warm conditions.

“The car was good,” Franchitti said.

“The car was as good as it has been all month, really. Good balance, good grip. It’s getting more slippery the more the air temperature goes up, and the more the car moves around, the harder it is behind the wheel. But it’s the same for everybody.

“I think we’ve got a good set-up for race day, although it would have been nice to have that motor for qualifying.”

Nine days of practice and qualifications for the 96th Running of the Indianapolis 500 and pole-man Ryan Briscoe said the final one-hour session proved to be the most informative.

The Australian Team Penske driver was fifth quick in the final practice on the 2.5-mile oval.

“We actually had to adjust the car a lot during that session,” said Briscoe.

“We needed the full hour of running, and we made a lot of changes.

“In one hour of final practice, we just kept tuning so it was good. Everyone was finding the traffic and big speeds. It was warm and humid, very much like race day will be.”

The weather forecast is for mid to high 30s.


Carb Day – Final Practice

Position Driver Team Time
1 Dario Franchitti Ganassi : Honda 40.4749s
2 Scott Dixon Ganassi : Honda + 0.0157s
3 Marco Andretti Andretti : Chevrolet + 0.1201s
4 Takuma Sato Rahal : Honda + 0.2348s
5 Ryan Briscoe Penske : Chevrolet + 0.2445s
6 Justin Wilson Coyne : Honda + 0.2647s
7 Will Power Penske : Chevrolet + 0.3610s
8 James Hinchcliffe Andretti : Chevrolet + 0.3768s
9 Tony Kanaan KV : Chevrolet + 0.3984s
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti : Chevrolet + 0.4506s
11 Helio Castroneves Penske : Chevrolet + 0.4654s
12 JR Hildebrand Panther : Chevrolet + 0.4768s
13 Josef Newgarden Fisher : Honda + 0.5141s
14 Charlie Kimball Ganassi : Honda + 0.5260s
15 Graham Rahal Ganassi : Honda + 0.5442s
16 Alex Tagliani Herta : Honda + 0.5670s
17 Rubens Barrichello KV : Chevrolet + 0.6168s
18 Oriol Servia Panther/DRR : Chevrolet + 0.6500s
19 Mike Conway Foyt : Honda + 0.6842s
20 Ed Carpenter Carpenter : Chevrolet + 0.7366s
21 Sebastian Saavedra AFS/Andretti : Chevrolet + 0.7372s
22 EJ Viso KV : Chevrolet + 0.7513s
23 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt : Honda + 0.8480s
24 Bryan Clauson Fisher : Honda + 0.8481s
25 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon : Chevrolet + 0.8592s
26 Katherine Legge Dragon : Chevrolet + 0.8856s
27 Wade Cunningham Foyt : Honda + 0.9087s
28 Michel Jourdain Jr Rahal : Honda + 1.1551s
29 Townsend Bell Schmidt : Honda + 1.2499s
30 James Jakes Coyne : Honda + 1.7615s
31 Simona de Silvestro HVM DW12-Lotus + 3.0785s
32 Jean Alesi Fan Force : Lotus + 3.5453s
33 Ana Beatriz Andretti/Conquest : Chevrolet No Time

Check out the highlights of Final Practice

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