Tony Kanaan was fastest in both categories Monday afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He went 226.181 mph with a tow and 223.240mph unassisted in the ABC Supply Chevrolet during the four-hour practice period.
On a gorgeous day, Honda led the morning session and Chevrolet took charge in the afternoon as 21 cars posted speeds in IndyCar’s open test.But Kanaan, who figures to be one of the contenders next month, was happy and surprised with his quick start for A.J. Foyt’s team.
“It was a good day and I didn’t expect to be on top; we were just trying to learn as much as possible about this new car,” sad the 2013 Indy 500 winner. “I tried to do a no-tow lap because that’s what counts, and you don’t have any tow when you’re qualifying. And I like that we were fast with a tow.”
Kanaan was the only driver over 226, but Simon Pagenaud was close behind at 225.90 mph in the Team Penske Chevy. “It was a good day, but we have so much to learn about this new aero kit,” he said.
Marco Andretti, quickest in the morning session, checked in as the fastest Honda again and third quick overall with a lap of 225.67mph. Gabby Chaves remained in the top five in both sessions and turned 225.63 mph in the Harding Chevy during the afternoon runs, while Scott Dixon ran 225.48mph in the Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.
Sebastien Bourdais, returning to IMS after last year’s nasty accident in qualifying, got right back in the groove and was sixth best overall with a lap of 225.3mph.