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Tony Kanaan tops final Indianapolis practice

Saturday 25th May, 2019 - 8:52am

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Former Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan paced the final practice session for this year’s running of the classic race.

The 2013 Indy victor was very pleased with the speed of his #14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet after he reached 225.517mph (362.934km/h) during the 90-minute ‘Carb Day’ session.

Kanaan and the Foyt team often struggled in 2019 until his team-mate and fellow Brazilian Mattheus Leist broke through for a fourth-place finish two weeks ago in the IndyCar Grand Prix on the IMS road course.

With oval tracks generally Foyt’s forte, it was a morale boost to top the speed charts heading into the biggest race of the year.

“We worked in traffic a lot, trying to find grip and scan through some of the items that we had on the to-do list,” said Kanaan.

“I wasn’t really happy with my car on Monday and I was extremely vocal about it to my engineers.

“I think they heard me because we made it a lot better today.”

Dale Coyne Racing placed its three Honda-powered entries in the top six on Carb Day as rookie Santino Ferrucci ran second to Kanaan at 225.486mph (362.885km/h).

James Davison was fifth fastest in the #33 Belardi/Coyne car, just ahead of Sebastien Bourdais in the #18.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Hondas also showed strength in race trim as 2017 Indy winner Takuma Sato was third quick and rookie Jordan King fourth.

Will Power was best of the four Team Penske Chevrolets, clocking in 10th fastest at 224.240mph (360.879km/h).

Pole-sitting team-mate Simon Pagenaud matched his car number in 22nd place.

Scott Dixon was 19th in a Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing, and declared himself mystified by his car’s performance.

“There is a fundamental issue on the car and we’ll work to find out what happened there,” he remarked in a television interview.

“I hope we find something wrong with the car because it wasn’t great.

“It’s really bizarre, and nothing like we had all month, so we are unsure.”

The 103rd Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to start at 0215 AEST on Monday.

Results: Carb Day Practice

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Time Avg speed Laps
mph km/h
1 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F 0:39.9083 225.517 362.934 40
2 19 Santino Ferrucci (R) D/H/F 0:39.9137 225.486 362.885 64
3 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F 0:39.9170 225.468 362.856 64
4 42 Jordan King (R) D/H/F 0:39.9402 225.337 362.645 64
5 33 James Davison D/H/F 0:39.9443 225.314 362.608 55
6 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F 0:39.9488 225.288 362.566 55
7 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 0:40.0548 224.692 361.607 44
8 23 Charlie Kimball D/C/F 0:40.0623 224.650 361.539 46
9 88 Colton Herta (R) D/H/F 0:40.0843 224.527 361.341 59
10 12 Will Power D/C/F 0:40.1356 224.240 360.879 59
11 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F 0:40.1514 224.152 360.738 48
12 3 Helio Castroneves D/C/F 0:40.1617 224.094 360.644 49
13 2 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 0:40.1945 223.911 360.350 72
14 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F 0:40.1956 223.905 360.340 49
15 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 0:40.2389 223.664 359.952 38
16 25 Conor Daly D/H/F 0:40.2398 223.659 359.944 53
17 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 0:40.2611 223.541 359.754 63
18 20 Ed Carpenter D/C/F 0:40.2718 223.481 359.658 46
19 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 0:40.2887 223.388 359.508 54
20 10 Felix Rosenqvist (R) D/H/F 0:40.3207 223.210 359.222 65
21 60 Jack Harvey D/H/F 0:40.3628 222.978 358.848 56
22 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F 0:40.3848 222.856 358.652 64
23 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F 0:40.3906 222.824 358.600 43
24 48 JR Hildebrand D/C/F 0:40.4018 222.762 358.501 44
25 7 Marcus Ericsson (R) D/H/F 0:40.4024 222.759 358.496 54
26 39 Pippa Mann D/C/F 0:40.4275 222.621 358.274 60
27 77 Oriol Servia D/H/F 0:40.4290 222.612 358.259 61
28 26 Zach Veach D/H/F 0:40.4346 222.582 358.211 59
29 24 Sage Karam D/C/F 0:40.4585 222.450 357.999 41
30 4 Matheus Leist D/C/F 0:40.5037 222.202 357.599 50
31 63 Ed Jones D/C/F 0:40.5201 222.112 357.455 58
32 32 Kyle Kaiser D/C/F 0:40.5956 221.699 356.790 42
33 81 Ben Hanley (R) D/C/F 0:40.9614 219.719 353.603 36

(C)hassis: D=Dallara | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)yre: F=Firestone

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