Tony Kanaan led the times on an abbreviated Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, setting a fastest speed of 225.517mph in the final practice session ahead of the Indianapolis 500.
Rain during the morning prompted the session to be clipped down to around 60 minutes in order to avoid disrupting the remainder of the day’s schedule. Kanaan posted his best time just before the half-hour mark and remained there for the rest of the morning, but he was more excited by how his car felt than by the speed.
“I’m happier because I found a couple of things, not because were on the top of the charts,” he said. “It’s just who got the right drafts at the right time, and apparently I did. We needed two changes, and apparently we found them.
“I doubt think you going to see cars passing cars straight away [in the race]. It’s going to be tight, really tight. But it’s been a while, since 2013, that I’ve had a car that feels this good.”
Dale Coyne Racing’s Santino Ferrucci came closest to matching the Brazilian, reeling off a 225.486mph effort in the final minutes. Takuma Sato, Jordan King and James Davison rounded out the top five; the latter surviving a heart in mouth moment when he tried to race Kyle Kaiser into pitlane, locked up, and came closer than he’d probably have liked to the attenuator.
Graham Rahal also had a scare when he pancaked the wall hard at Turn 2 early in the session, but he got away with it and went on to complete 63 laps. Indeed, it was a productive day for most of the field, with drivers and engineers taking full advantage of the opportunity to make some final tweaks ahead of Sunday.