Kanaan Quickest In Carb Day Indy 500 Final Practice, Danica Experiences Problems

INDIANAPOLIS – AJ Foyt Racing has had their fair share of disappointments at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Since Kenny Brack won the Indianapolis 500 in 1999, the organization has had two total top five finishes in the prestigious race. But, this could be the year that all of those past struggles comes to an end.

Tony Kanaan topped the speed charts on Miller Lite Carb Day circling the famed 2.5-mile track with a speed of 227.791 mph in his No. 14 Chevrolet. Kanaan, was second fastest in Monday’s race day practice and second again last Thursday, the final session of the week on race trim. Overall, since last Wednesday’s practice, Kanaan was sixth, second, second, and first respectively in Indy 500 practice. “We’re happy,” Kanaan said after practice. “It’s almost the practice is too long because we were trying out different things with the car towards the end. They didn’t work, so we will go back with what we originally had to start with.”

That bodes well for Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). Plus, Kanaan has five top five finishes in his last seven ‘500 starts, so with coming from the 10th starting position this weekend bodes well for his chances.

2008 Indy 500 champion Scott Dixon was second quick on Friday with a speed of 225.684 mph in his No. 9 Honda. Dixon, was in the top 10 in five of the six ‘500 race trim practice sessions. He will start ninth on Sunday.

Speaking of Honda’s, while Chevy drivers will have nine of the top 11 starting positions, Honda had three of the top four speeds on Carb Day.

Marco Andretti was third fastest turning a lap of 225.220 mph in his No. 98 Honda. He was in the top eight of every practice session this weekend, five of which inside the top five.

Sebastien Bourdais was fourth overall (224.815 mph) while Charlie Kimball (224.712 mph) rounded out the top five.

The timing charts say Danica Patrick was P8 (223.653 mph) but the Ed Carpenter Racing driver only turned 15 laps on Friday. She developed a throttle issue after only six laps and had to go back to Gasoline Alley for repairs. They’d get her No. 13 Chevrolet back onto the track with only 10 minutes left and she said that the race car actually felt worse.

Her teammate and pole sitter Ed Carpenter was 14th quickest for the second time of the week.

Fast Friday Practice Results

  1. 14 Kanaan 227.791
  2.  9 Dixon 225.684
  3. 98 Andretti 225.220
  4. 18 Bourdais 224.815
  5. 23 Kimball 224.712
  6. 30 Sato 224.083
  7. 12 Power 223.942
  8. 13 Patrick 223.653
  9. 21 Pigot 223.584
  10. 10 Jones 223.556
  11. 64 Servia 223.537
  12. 24 Karam 223.278
  13. 33 Davison 223.241
  14. 20 Carpenter 223.219
  15.  1 Newgarden 223.186
  16. 60 Harvey 223.098
  17.  3 Castroneves 222.913
  18. 29 Munoz 222.802
  19.  7 Howard 222.705
  20. 22 Pagenaud 222.589
  21. 15 Rahal 222.526
  22. 32 Kaiser R 222.384
  23. 26 Veach 222.090
  24. 66 Hildebrand 222.027
  25. 88 Chaves 221.961
  26. 28 Hunter-Reay 221.916
  27.  6 Wickens R 221.821
  28.  4 Leist R 221.799
  29. 25 Wilson 221.763
  30. 19 Claman DeMelo R 221.572
  31. 59 Chilton 221.441
  32. 27 Rossi 221.374
  33. 17 Daly 219.707

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