"Carb Day" Final Practice Report

5/25/2012

Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval) Speedway, IN
2011 Winner:Dan Wheldon (Bryan Herta Autosport Honda) 170.265 mph average
Weather:Partly sunny, hot, 87 degrees F

Indianapolis 500 "Carb Day" Top-10 Final Practice Speeds:

Ps. Driver Team Engine/Chassis Best Lap Speed/Notes
1.Dario Franchitti-WTarget Chip GanassiHonda Dallara222.360 mph
2.Scott Dixon-WTarget Chip GanassiHonda Dallara222.274
3.Marco AndrettiAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara221.702
4.Takuma SatoRahal Letterman LaniganHonda Dallara221.078
5.Ryan BriscoeTeam PenskeChevrolet Dallara221.025
6.Justin WilsonDale Coyne RacingHonda Dallara220.915
7.Will PowerTeam PenskeChevrolet Dallara220.394
8.James HinchcliffeAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara220.309
9.Tony KanaanKV Racing TechnologyChevrolet Dallara220.193
10.Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportChevrolet Dallara219.912
 
Additional Honda-Powered Results:
13.Josef Newgarden-RSarah Fisher Hartman Honda Dallara219.517
14.Charlie KimballChip Ganassi RacingHonda Dallara219.507
15.Graham RahalChip Ganassi RacingHonda Dallara219.410
16.Alex TaglianiBryan Herta AutosportHonda Dallara219.288
19.Mike ConwayA.J. Foyt RacingHonda Dallara218.664
23.Simon Pagenaud-RSchmidt Hamilton RacingHonda Dallara217.797
24.Bryan Clauson-RSarah Fisher HartmanHonda Dallara217.796
27.Wade Cunningham-RA.J. Foyt RacingHonda Dallara217.477
28.Michel Jourdain Jr.Rahal Letterman LaniganHonda Dallara216.190
29.Townsend BellSchmidt Hamilton RacingHonda Dallara215.699
30.James Jakes-RDale Coyne RacingHonda Dallara213.086

W - Previous 500 Winner

R - Indianapolis 500 Rookie

Franchitti, Dixon Pace Indy "Carb Day" Final Practice

The Honda-powered Target Chip Ganassi Racing team of Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon led the 33-car starting field Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the traditional "Carb Day" practice session leading up to Sunday's 96th running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.

Takuma Sato posted the fourth-fastest speed in practice today for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, while Justin Wilson completed the top six in his Dale Coyne Racing Honda.

The hour-long session, the last chance for drivers and teams to prepare for Sunday's race, ran without incident. The Indianapolis 500 starts at 11 a.m. EDT Sunday, May 27, with live television coverage on ABC.

Dario Franchitti (#50 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) fastest in the final practice for the Indianapolis 500: "The car was good, as good as it has been all month, really. It had good power, good balance and good grip. The track is getting more slippery the more the air temperature goes up, and the more the car moves around, the harder it is behind the wheel. But it's the same for everybody, and I think we've got a good setup for race day."



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