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Ganassi pair finish 1-2 on Carb Day

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Saturday 24th May, 2014 - 7:01am

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Tony Kanaan

Tony Kanaan

Tony Kanaan and reigning series champion Scott Dixon were the fastest pair in final preparations for the Indy 500 on Carb Day.

In the final practice session topping off the marathon build-up to the 200-lap race, Kanaan produced the fastest speed at (227.838mph) 366.67km/h.

Kanaan, the reigning Indy 500 champion, edged Dixon who recorded 227.773 (366.57).

Townsend Bell claimed third fastest in one of the extra KV Racing machines with the other being driven by Australian James Davison who again did a superb job to finish 22nd in the 33-car field.

Davison was then forced to sit out the final 20 minutes of the session following a mechanical issue which developed in his Chevy.

“We had our session cut short by 20 minutes with a starter issue,” Davison said.

“That precluded us from making further headway on our car setup for the race.

“My goal is a top 15 (finish in the race).

James Davison (left) and Matthew Brabham with the decal paying tribute to Sir Jack Brabham

James Davison (left) and Matthew Brabham with the decal paying tribute to Sir Jack Brabham

“It’s my rookie race, I haven’t raced on an oval in five years and I’m (on) the shortest program of the month.

“As the race goes on I’m gong to learn more and gain more confidence with that and hopefully a little more speed.”

Earlier Davison formally unveiled the decal he is running to honour Sir Jack Brabham, Australia’s triple F1 world champion, who died on May 19 at his Gold Coast home aged 88.

Triple Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves (Team Penske) was fourth ahead of the improving Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Honda).

Will Power, who will start on the front row with Ed Carpenter and James Hinchcliffe, was 11th fastest.

Hinchcliffe and Carpenter were 12th and 13th best respectively with the third Australian, Ryan Briscoe, finishing off his preparations 16th fastest.

Kurt Busch, who is doing double duty with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, was 15th fastest in the Andretti Autosport Honda.

See below for final practice results

 1

Tony Kanaan

Ganassi/Chevy

227.838mph

 2

Scott Dixon

Ganassi/Chevy

227.773

 3

Townsend Bell

KV/Chevy

227.221

 4

Helio Castroneves

Penske/Chevy

226.187

 5

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt/Honda

226.045

 6

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti/Honda

225.810

 7

Marco Andretti

Andretti/Honda

225.800

 8

Alex Tagliani

Fisher/Honda

225.598

 9

Juan Pablo Montoya

Penske/Chevy

225.452

10

Josef Newgarden

Fisher/Honda

225.245

11

Will Power

Penske/Chevy

225.212

12

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti/Honda

224.910

13

Ed Carpenter

Carpenter/Chevy

224.898

14

Buddy Lazier

Lazier/Chevy

224.812

15

Kurt Busch

Andretti/Honda

224.684

16

Ryan Briscoe

Ganassi/Chevy

224.585

17

JR Hildebrand

Carpenter/Chevy

224.507

18

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt/Honda

224.490

19

Jack Hawksworth

Herta/Honda

224.263

20

Justin Wilson

Coyne/Honda

224.209

21

Carlos Huertas

Coyne/Honda

223.977

22

James Davison

KV/Chevy

223.947

23

Takuma Sato

Foyt/Honda

223.895

24

Oriol Servia

Rahal/Honda

223.677

25

Pippa Mann

Coyne/Honda

223.346

26

Charlie Kimball

Ganassi/Chevy

223.224

27

Sebastien Bourdais

KV/Chevy

223.223

28

Carlos Munoz

Andretti/Honda

223.220

29

Martin Plowman

Foyt/Honda

223.127

30

Jacques Villeneuve

Schmidt/Honda

223.123

31

Graham Rahal

Rahal/Honda

222.400

32

Sage Karam

Ganassi/Chevy

222.329

33

Sebastian Saavedra

KV/Chevy

222.190

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