Sunday, June 16, 2019

Kanaan Puts Foyt on Top in Final Practice

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Carb Day practice isn’t necessarily known as an opportunity for the NTT IndyCar Series to display outright speed but Tony Kanaan laid down the fastest lap anyway, giving AJ Foyt Racing a boost in the final on-track activity before Sunday’s 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 after a disappointing qualifying effort.

Originally set to be 90 minutes in duration — expanding on the traditional 60-minute length of final practice — the session was shortened to one hour and 16 minutes due to morning rain at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that necessitated track drying.

Out of the 1,755 laps competed by the 33-car field, Kanaan turned the second fewest but his 225.517 mph lap topped the speed chart at the conclusion of the shortened session.

As a team, Dale Coyne Racing proved strong with all three of its Honda-powered cars landing in the top six. Rookie Santino Ferrucci led the team with a 225.486 mph lap that ranked him second behind Kanaan by a minuscule margin of 0.0054 seconds. Ferrucci’s teammates James Davison and Sebastien Bourdais climbed out of their cars having turned the fifth- and sixth-fastest laps, 0.0360 and 0.0405 seconds off Kanaan’s leading pace around the 2.5-mile superspeedway.

Two Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing drivers — Takuma Sato and Jordan King — slotted in between the Coyne drivers on the Practice 9 timesheet. Sato’s 225.468 mph lap ranked him third while rookie King placed fourth at 225.337 mph.

Alexander Rossi was the fastest Andretti Autosport driver in seventh ahead of Carlin’s Charlie Kimball in eighth. Rookie Colton Herta, the highest-qualifying Honda driver, placed ninth while defending Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power completed the top 10.

DragonSpeed’s Ben Hanley, who made it into the top 30 on the first day of qualifying, failed to crack 220 mph and languished at the bottom of the leaderboard throughout the final session before his Indy 500 debut.

There were no yellow flags despite a brush of the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier by Graham Rahal.

With final practice complete, teams and drivers will get a day off before returning to the track Sunday for the 200-lap race. It will air on NBC beginning at at 11 a.m. EDT with the green flag expected at 12:45 p.m.

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