Kanaan Paces Pocono Practice

Carrying primary sponsorship from the event title sponsor, Tony Kanaan set the quickest lap of Pocono Raceway in IndyCar's only Friday session.


Tony Kanaan delivered another example of Chevrolet’s superspeedway strength in 2019 as he put his AJ Foyt Racing-prepared car atop the timesheet in the only NTT IndyCar Series practice session ahead of this year’s Pocono Raceway contest.

Making the most of a rain-altered schedule that eliminated qualifying and turned two 60-minute practices into a single two-hour session, Kanaan was the only driver to lap quicker than 216 mph. His chart-topping 216.354 mph lap came roughly halfway through his 55 revolutions of the 2.5-mile venue.

Should Kanaan’s practice result be indicative of his race pace, he’ll face a difficult task as his position in the entrant points will see him take the green flag from 19th on the grid.

While rookie Santino Ferrucci looked to be Kanaan’s closest challenger for much of practice, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course winner Scott Dixon turned in a 215.761 mph lap late in the session to take over second on the timesheet. That lap from the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda pushed Ferrucci’s 215.377 mph to third while Alexander Rossi and Simon Pagenaud completed the top five, giving Honda a 3-2 advantage in the group.

Colton Herta made himself the second-quickest rookie with a lap that placed him sixth in the running order over Sebastien Bourdais, Charlie Kimball, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal, who completed the top 10.

Ed Carpenter Racing struggled in the race weekend’s only practice. While Spencer Pigot and owner/driver Ed Carpenter turned a combined 123 laps, they could do no better than 21st and 22nd in the 22-driver field.

Live coverage of Sunday’s 200-lap race begins on NBCSN at 2 p.m. EDT. The green flag will follow 45 minutes later to kick off the penultimate oval race of the season.

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