Kanaan And Dixon Carve Out Highest Speeds In Carb Day At Indy

Tony Kanaan. [John Wiedemann Photo]

Tony Kanaan was quickest on Carb Day in preparations for the 2018 Indianapolis 500. [John Wiedemann Photo]

By Joe Jennings

INDIANAPOLIS – Carb Day represents final tune-up prior to the running of the famed Indianapolis 500 and in that hour of practice, all 33 starters took to the track, turning a collective 1,273 laps.

Leading the way was Tony Kanaan in the ABC Supply A. J. Foyt Racing Chevrolet at 227.971 miles per hour.

“This day is always busy, but it is over now,” Kanaan said. “We were trying some things, which is much different than it used to be when we had to take it easy with our engines. That’s no more as our engines are so good; we ran full power throughout.”

Scott Dixon led a trio of Honda-powered cars to take next three spots on the speed chart. Dixon’s speed was 225.684 mph.

Marco Andretti and Sebastien Bourdais trailed Dixon.

Graham Rahal completed the most laps with 51 while Danica Patrick completed the fewest laps with 15. Early in the session, she reported her car down on power, sending her to Gasoline Alley for a quick fix. She returned to the track before the checkered flag fell.

No incidents occurred during the final hour.

The 33 cars will take the green flag at 12:19 ET on Sunday for the 102nd edition of the Indianapolis with an estimated crowd of 300,000 expected to view the action in one of the hottest race days in many years.

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