Sato beats Dixon with high-228mph lap on Day 1 of Indy 500 practice
Wednesday 18th May, 2022 - 9:03am
Takuma Sato has set the pace on Day 1 of practice for the Indianapolis 500, with fellow race winner Scott Dixon and rookie Jimmie Johnson making up the top three.
Sato notched up only four laps in Practice 1 but set an average speed of 228.939mph (368.442km/h) on his second-last lap of the day in the #51 Dale Coyne Racing w/ RWR Honda, usurping Dixon by more than a full mile per hour.
The 2008 Indy 500 winner, by way of contrast, had been fastest since his very first lap in Practice 2 of 227.768mph (366.557km/h) in the #9 Chip Ganassi Racing car, having also gone fastest in the morning hit-out on a 227.119mph (365.513km/h).
Only slightly slower than Dixon was first-timer Johnson, who left it late to set a 227.722mph (366.483km/h) in the #48 entry which ensured that Ganassi cars filled positions two through four, as well as sixth.
Marcus Ericsson had already laid down a 227.094mph (365.472km/h) in Car #8, and 2021 IndyCar champion Alex Palou set a 226.973mph (365.278km/h) in the #10 Honda.
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With IndyCar rookie David Malukas (#18 DCR w/ HMD Motorsports) also in the mid-226s, it meant that the only Chevrolet-powered driver in the top seven was Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay, whose best lap was a 226.995mph (365.313km/h).
On non-tow laps, however, VeeKay was the fastest in the session with a 221.551mph (356.552km/h), although Tony Kanaan had gone even quicker in Practice 1 with a 221.662mph (356.730km/h) in the fifth Ganassi car.
For reference, the fastest lap on the opening day of the 2021 Indy 500 was a 226.470mph set by Team Penske’s Will Power, while his team-mate Josef Newgarden topped last month’s Open Test with a 229.519mph effort.
As far as non-tow laps were concerned, VeeKay also set the pace in that April outing with a 221.314mph on the second and final day.
On Day 1 of the 500 event itself, the practice top 10 was rounded out by Sage Karam (#24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing) in eighth, from Newgarden and Kanaan.
New series leader Will Power, who is chasing a second Indianapolis 500 triumph to add to that which he achieved in 2018, ended up 18th on a 225.432mph (362.798km/h).
His Penske team-mate Scott McLaughlin, like Karam, set his fastest lap in Practice 1, a 225.330mph (362.633km/h) which put the #3 Chevrolet 20th on combined times.
The day ran with relatively little drama, although there was a Caution during Practice 2 when a fox ended up on the race track.
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Also notable was that Stefan Wilson, driving the #25 DragonSpeed/Cusick Motorsports Chevrolet, passed his Veteran Refresher Test.
That entry was the last confirmed for the race in the gruelling quest for a full field of 33 cars, and hence Wilson had not had a chance to drive during April’s test.
It led to the unusual situation whereby the Briton had the track to himself for the middle session of the day to undertake the refresher programme.
Action resumes tomorrow morning with another six hours of practice from 02:00 AEST.
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Results: Day 1 Combined
|Pos||Num||Driver||C/E/T||Fastest lap||Speed (mph)||Session||Total laps|
|1||51||Takuma Sato||D/H/F||0:39.3118||228.939||Prac 2||68|
|2||9||Scott Dixon||D/H/F||0:39.5139||227.768||Prac 2||75|
|3||48||Jimmie Johnson||D/H/F||0:39.5219||227.722||Prac 2||108|
|4||8||Marcus Ericsson||D/H/F||0:39.6311||227.094||Prac 2||104|
|5||21||Rinus VeeKay||D/C/F||0:39.6484||226.995||Prac 2||114|
|6||10||Alex Palou||D/H/F||0:39.6523||226.973||Prac 2||94|
|7||18||David Malukas||D/H/F||0:39.7443||226.448||Prac 2||101|
|8||24||Sage Karam||D/C/F||0:39.7530||226.398||Prac 1||89|
|9||2||Josef Newgarden||D/C/F||0:39.7583||226.368||Prac 2||111|
|10||1||Tony Kanaan||D/H/F||0:39.7716||226.292||Prac 2||69|
|11||98||Marco Andretti||D/H/F||0:39.8080||226.085||Prac 2||109|
|12||29||Devlin DeFrancesco||D/H/F||0:39.8363||225.925||Prac 2||98|
|13||60||Simon Pagenaud||D/H/F||0:39.8411||225.897||Prac 2||110|
|14||4||Dalton Kellett||D/C/F||0:39.8520||225.836||Prac 2||149|
|15||11||JR Hildebrand||D/C/F||0:39.8560||225.813||Prac 2||102|
|16||7||Felix Rosenqvist||D/C/F||0:39.8655||225.759||Prac 2||116|
|17||20||Conor Daly||D/C/F||0:39.8839||225.655||Prac 1||97|
|18||12||Will Power||D/C/F||0:39.9234||225.432||Prac 2||105|
|19||23||Santino Ferrucci||D/C/F||0:39.9357||225.362||Prac 1||70|
|20||3||Scott McLaughlin||D/C/F||0:39.9415||225.330||Prac 1||124|
|21||15||Graham Rahal||D/H/F||0:39.9917||225.047||Prac 2||92|
|22||06||Helio Castroneves||D/H/F||0:40.0128||224.928||Prac 2||131|
|23||77||Callum Ilott||D/C/F||0:40.0133||224.925||Prac 2||88|
|24||5||Pato O’Ward||D/C/F||0:40.0142||224.920||Prac 1||110|
|25||45||Jack Harvey||D/H/F||0:40.0157||224.912||Prac 2||132|
|26||14||Kyle Kirkwood||D/C/F||0:40.0526||224.705||Prac 2||103|
|27||30||Christian Lundgaard||D/H/F||0:40.1232||224.309||Prac 2||118|
|28||26||Colton Herta||D/H/F||0:40.1259||224.294||Prac 2||97|
|29||27||Alexander Rossi||D/H/F||0:40.1399||224.216||Prac 2||95|
|30||33||Ed Carpenter||D/C/F||0:40.1583||224.113||Prac 2||86|
|31||6||Juan Pablo Montoya||D/C/F||0:40.1913||223.929||Prac 2||56|
|32||28||Romain Grosjean||D/H/F||0:40.3705||222.935||Prac 2||98|
|33||25||Stefan Wilson||D/C/F||0:40.4983||222.232||Prac 2||10|