Alexander Rossi put his Honda-powered Andretti Autosport No. 98 on top of the timesheet in the final practice before qualifying for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil with Tony Kanaan turning the fastest no-tow lap.

Practice was delayed by nearly five hours, originally scheduled for 8:00 a.m. EDT with the session finally going green at 12:37 p.m. Each of the two groups were expected to get 20 minutes of track time but a crash in Turn 2 by Max Chilton brought out the yellow flag and cut into Group 1’s time. Chilton was checked, cleared and released from the care center.

With track cleanup complete, time was added with the intention of giving each group 15 minutes of practice. When time expired, only 21 of the 33 entries had turned laps in Practice 6.

Rossi rounded the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval at 231.249 mph, slightly quicker than second-fastest Ryan Hunter-Reay. The driver of the No. 28 Honda put down a best lap at 231.107 with a tow but he did not place on the no-tow speed chart. Kanaan, Helio Castroneves and Will Power completed the overall top five.

Photo: David Yowe
Photo: David Yowe

With qualifying composed of four-lap, single-car attempts, no-tow speeds provide a better indication of pole position potential. Kanaan’s lap at 230.360 mph was the second of seven he turned and remained untouched throughout the sixth practice session. Rossi had the second-fastest speed without aerodynamic assistance with Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Dixon and Castroneves rounding out the top five no-tow speeds.

The revised schedule calls for the for the first day of qualifying to run from 2:20-7 p.m on Saturday. Sunday’s qualifying for positions 10-33 and Fast Nine Shootout, unless affected by weather, will run as scheduled from 2:45-5:45 p.m.


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