Alexander Rossi put his No. 98 Honda on top of the final practice before the grid is set for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil after laying down the 10th-fastest four-lap average in Saturday’s qualifying session.
- RESULTS: 2016 Indianapolis 500 Practice 7
The first segment began at noon EDT for the drivers that qualified in positions 22-33 in Saturday’s rain-delayed session. Interrupted by a brief yellow flag for track inspection, Oriol Servia topped the first segment with a best lap of 228.785 mph for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Servia also had the fastest no-tow lap with a speed of 228.774.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball was second fastest in the first segment with a speed just shy of Servia’s at 228.740 mph. The American driver turned the second-fastest no-tow lap at 228.128.
Matt Brabham, Gabby Chaves and Alex Tagliani completed the top five with Bryan Clauson, Stefan Wilson, Buddy Lazier, Jack Hawksworth and Spencer Pigot rounding out the top 10.
Pippa Mann, who crashed during qualifying on Saturday, did not put in a representative time, electing to turn only an installation lap.
After a 15-minute break, the second segment featured positions 10-21 with seven of the drivers going faster than Servia’s mark set in the first segment.
Alexander Rossi laid down both the fastest lap overall as well as the top no-tow speed at 230.064 mph. Juan Pablo Montoya was second fastest overall and without a tow at 229.713 mph.
Scott Dixon, Takuma Sato and Tony Kanaan completed the top five with Ed Carpenter Racing teammates J.R. Hildebrand and Ed Carpenter rounding out the top seven speeds faster than Servia.
Drivers set to compete in the Fast Nine Shootout comprised the final 30-minute segment that started at 1:30 p.m. Only three – Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Townsend Bell – broke into the top 10 speeds overall.
Newgarden turned the second-fastest lap of the combined 90-minute practice with a speed of 229.906 mph. Will Power was a tick slower with the third-fastest lap in the No. 12 Chevrolet at 229.797 mph. Both speeds were without a tow and placed Newgarden second and Power third on the no-tow speed chart.
Qualifying for positions 10-33 begins at 2:45 p.m. followed by the Fast Nine Shootout at 4 p.m. Once both sessions are complete, the grid will be set for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, set to go green at 12:04 p.m. on May 29.