Kanaan sets Carb Day pace as Indy 500 looms


Tony Kanaan - Credit: Forrest Mellott / IndyCar

Verizon IndyCar Series drivers now have only one thing left to do this month of May, and that is to compete in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 after all thirty-three qualifiers took to the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 70-minute Carb Day practice on Friday.

Everyone will hope to have their race set-up almost perfected ahead of Sunday’s 200-lap event, and on the final day of practice, it was Brazilian Tony Kanaan, a former winner of the legendary event, that set the pace.

Kanaan put Chip Ganassi Racing to the top of the time sheets for the first time in the Month of May with an average speed of 226.280mph, and with team-mate Scott Dixon in third, it bodes well for the team that appeared to struggle for speed in qualifying-spec and did not get any of their drivers into the top nine shoot-out for pole position last weekend.

In-between Kanaan and Dixon was Carlos Munoz, with the Colombian one of four of the five contenders from Andretti Autosport inside the top nine. Team-mates Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi and Townsend Bell were fifth, sixth and ninth respectively, with only Marco Andretti absent from the top ten, the American driver finishing the session down in twenty-first.

Will Power was the leading Team Penske driver in fourth ahead of Hunter-Reay and Rossi, with JR Hildebrand seventh fastest for Ed Carpenter Racing. Oriol Servia took his Schmidt Peterson Motorsport car into eighth ahead of Bell, with three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves completing the top ten for Penske.

Polesitter James Hinchcliffe was twelfth fastest for Schmidt Peterson Motorsport just behind team-mate Mikhail Aleshin.

Unfortunately for Pippa Mann, it was her that caused the one and only stoppage when the Dale Coyne Racing driver hitting the turn four wall late during the session. She was taken as a precaution to the medical centre but was released without injury and cleared to take part in Sunday’s race.

Carlos Munoz - Credit: Bret Kelley / IndyCar
Carlos Munoz – Credit: Bret Kelley / IndyCar

Indianapolis 500 Carb Day Practice Times

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
110Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing39.7738
226Carlos MunozCOLAndretti Autosport40.0405
39Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing40.0702
412Will PowerAUSTeam Penske40.1099
528Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport40.1200
698Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Herta Autosport40.1292
76JR HildebrandUSAEd Carpenter Racing40.1385
877Oriol ServiaESPSchmidt Peterson Motorsports40.1731
929Townsend BellUSAAndretti Autosport40.1837
103Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske40.1860
117Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports40.1913
125James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports40.1921
132Juan Pablo MontoyaCOLTeam Penske40.2557
1415Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing40.2615
1514Takuma SatoJAPAJ Foyt Enterprises40.2806
1618Conor DalyUSADale Coyne Racing40.3100
1721Josef NewgardenUSAEd Carpenter Racing40.3281
1824Sage KaramUSADreyer & Reinbold Racing40.3319
1935Alex TaglianiCANAJ Foyt Enterprises40.3346
2020Ed CarpenterUSAEd Carpenter Racing40.3647
2127Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport40.3911
2222Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske40.4348
2311Sebastien BourdaisFRAKVSH Racing40.4466
2441Jack HawksworthGBRAJ Foyt Enterprises40.4596
2519Gabby ChavesCOLDale Coyne Racing40.4625
2642Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing40.5002
2788Bryan ClausonUSADale Coyne Racing/Jonathan Byrd's Racing40.5587
2863Pippa MannGBRDale Coyne Racing40.5856
2916Spencer PigotUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing40.5888
308Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing40.6873
3125Stefan WilsonGBRKV Racing Technology40.7262
3261Matt BrabhamAUSKV Racing/Pirtek Team Murray40.8055
334Buddy LazierUSALazier/Burns Racing42.8610