Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Kanaan Fastest at IMS Open Test


The new universal aero kit was sampled by veterans of the Indianapolis 500 for a total of six hours at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Tony Kanaan fastest overall.

A total of 536 laps were turned during the two-hour morning session that kicked off the test from 10 a.m. to noon EDT. Team Penske’s Will Power was the most active driver with 39 laps completed. The former Verizon IndyCar Series champion ended the session with the 19th-fastest lap.

Marco Andretti flies out of Turn 1 at IMS
Marco Andretti topped the two-hour morning session in the No. 98 Andretti Autosport Honda. | Photo: Joe Skibinski / INDYCAR

Marco Andretti, on the 17th of 18 laps run by the No. 98 Andretti Autosport Honda, topped the morning speed chart at 223.997 mph. Andretti was one of three drivers to crest 223 mph, joined by Takuma Sato at 223.359 mph and Scott Dixon at 223.199. The trio gave Honda a lock on the top three ahead of the afternoon session.

When the green flag came out to begin the second session at 1 p.m., there were no takers. Kanaan was the first to turn laps about 30 minutes into the four-hour session. Despite only completing 53 total laps — Sebastien Bourdais ran a field-high 80 laps — the 2013 Indy 500 winner shot to the top of the speed chart with a tow-assisted speed of 226.181 mph on his 49th circuit of the 2.5-mile oval.

Notably, Kanaan’s No. 14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet also topped the no-tow speed chart with an unassisted 223.240 mph lap.

Penske driver Simon Pagenaud came closest to matching Kanaan’s speed with a 225.910 mph tow-assisted lap but was unable to cross the 226 mph mark.

Simon Pagenaud sails through Turn 1 at IMS
Simon Pagenaud’s Menards-liveried Chevrolet was Tony Kanaan’s closest competition at the open test. | Photo: Joe Skibinski / INDYCAR

Andretti backed up his earlier speed with the third-fastest tow-assisted lap at 225.637 mph, representing the best effort from a Honda-powered car.

Harding Racing’s Gabby Chaves and Dixon completed the top five. Bourdais, Spencer Pigot and Ed Jones were all over 225 mph with the sixth- through eighth-fastest speeds, respectively.

Chevrolet locked out the top three no-tow speeds with Kanaan, Pigot and Pagenaud. Pigot’s best unassisted lap came in at 222.449 mph while Pagenaud’s no-tow speed was 222.033 mph. Zach Veach, placed 17th overall after Monday’s running, owned the best Honda no-tow speed with a 221.781 mph effort.

With the open test complete, Tuesday at Indianapolis will be dedicated to veteran refresher tests and Rookie Orientation Program completion. Timing and scoring as well as live video will be available at INDYCAR Race Control.

Ben Hinc
Ben Hinc
Ben Hinc, managing The Apex as executive editor, has frequented media centers at racetracks across North America since 2014. Hinc's multi-decade passion for technology has resulted in a broad skillset that keeps The Apex running fast and without error.


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