Karam tops post-qualifying Indy practice, Wickens crashes

Sage Karam

Sage Karam has set the fastest time in the second-last practice session before the 2018 Indianapolis 500 as Robert Wickens hit the wall.

With cars back in race set-up, Karam and Tony Kanaan were the only two drivers to lap Indianapolis Motor Speedway under 40 seconds.

Karam did so early on in the #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Chevrolet with a 39.7419s lap at 226.461mph (364.454km/h) and spent much of the three-hour session in first position.

Kanaan (#14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet) was nearly a quarter of a second slower but far skinnier splits separated the Brazilian from Ryan Hunter-Reay (#28 Andretti Autosport Honda), Charlie Kimball (#23 Carlin Chevrolet), Alexander Rossi (#27 Andretti Autosport Honda), Will Power (#12 Team Penske Chevrolet), and Helio Castroneves (#3 Team Penske Chevrolet).

In 10th was Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Honda), 14th went to pole-sitter Ed Carpenter (#20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet), and 30th to James Davison (#33 Foyt w/ Byrd-Hollinger-Belardi Chevrolet).

Wickens came to grief during the first hour, glancing the wall at Turn 2 before his #6 Schmidt Peterson Honda pulled right and made a harder secondary impact on the back straight.

The Canadian rookie was uninjured.

Just an hour of practice remains before the race itself, with the Carb Day session starting on Saturday at 0100 AEST.

Highlights: Practice: Day 7

Results: Practice: Day 7

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Time Avg speed (mph) Total laps
1 24 Sage Karam D/C/F 0:39.7419 226.461 71
2 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F 0:39.9781 225.123 66
3 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 0:40.0320 224.820 68
4 23 Charlie Kimball D/C/F 0:40.0745 224.582 79
5 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 0:40.0878 224.507 70
6 12 Will Power D/C/F 0:40.0989 224.445 120
7 3 Helio Castroneves D/C/F 0:40.1126 224.368 118
8 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F 0:40.1520 224.148 56
9 19 Zachary Claman DeMelo (R) D/H/F 0:40.1623 224.091 79
10 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 0:40.1847 223.966 101
11 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F 0:40.2235 223.750 92
12 25 Stefan Wilson D/H/F 0:40.2299 223.714 115
13 32 Kyle Kaiser (R) D/C/F 0:40.2384 223.667 72
14 20 Ed Carpenter D/C/F 0:40.2553 223.573 100
15 66 JR Hildebrand D/C/F 0:40.3147 223.244 93
16 29 Carlos Munoz D/H/F 0:40.3194 223.218 109
17 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 0:40.3372 223.119 115
18 4 Matheus Leist (R) D/C/F 0:40.3652 222.964 19
19 13 Danica Patrick D/C/F 0:40.3721 222.926 69
20 88 Gabby Chaves D/C/F 0:40.3798 222.884 51
21 60 Jack Harvey D/H/F 0:40.3840 222.861 93
22 7 Jay Howard D/H/F 0:40.3959 222.795 100
23 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F 0:40.4354 222.577 74
24 26 Zach Veach D/H/F 0:40.4676 222.400 54
25 6 Robert Wickens (R) D/H/F 0:40.4812 222.325 3
26 10 Ed Jones D/H/F 0:40.4916 222.268 98
27 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F 0:40.5267 222.076 81
28 1 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 0:40.5438 221.982 87
29 59 Max Chilton D/C/F 0:40.5580 221.904 45
30 33 James Davison D/C/F 0:40.6131 221.603 45
31 64 Oriol Servia D/H/F 0:40.6174 221.580 65
32 17 Conor Daly D/H/F 0:40.6824 221.226 60
33 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F 0:40.7421 220.902 58

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