Tony Kanaan claimed the final bragging rights ahead of Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, topping the Carb Day practice times at 227.791mph.
The Foyt driver was comfortably quicker than nearest rival Scott Dixon, who posted a best of 225.684mph in the No.9 Ganassi car, leaving Marco Andretti to round out the top three at 225.220mph.
“We’re trying different things,” Kanaan said. “I think this is the closest that we’re gonna get as far as weather for Sunday so we tried to optimize that and run in the heat conditions and see what we’re gonna do. If you haven’t figured it out by today, you’re in trouble. We went through some exercise, gave the boys some pit stops, refueling, trying to gauge fuel mileage.
“I remember back in the days when we had to save the engine and you couldn’t do more than 10 laps to save it for the race. Nowadays the engines are so good, Chevy does such a great job, that you can run full power all the way through. … We ran three sets of tires, I did almost 50 laps. So it’s always busy.”
A mostly uneventful morning was interrupted by a brief stoppage for a track inspection, although Danica Patrick provided some drama when her car was pushed back to the garage midway through the session with an electrical problem. She was sixt- fastest at the time, but her ECR crew managed to get her back into pitlane with eight minutes still on the clock. She didn’t go any faster, but nor did she lose much ground; by the end of the session, she’d only fallen two places.
“We took it in, got it back out and it felt worse,” she said. “But at the end of the day these re the things that you’re actually glad for, because had it been Sunday, we’d be done.”