Kanaan Leads The Way On Carb Day

Indy 500 Miller Lite Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. © [Andy Clary/ Spacesuit Media]

Indy 500 Miller Lite Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. © [Andy Clary/ Spacesuit Media]

By Joe Jennings

INDIANAPOLIS – In the last speed runs prior to Sunday’s 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, Tony Kanaan finally got his ABC Supply Chevrolet working to his satisfaction, posting the fastest lap speed of 225.517 miles per hour.

“I wasn’t really happy with my car on Monday, and I was extremely vocal about it, and I think my engineers heard me, so we made it better today,” the 2013 race champion said. “Knowing where I am starting, I was really looking on my car, the level of downforce and grip I wanted to have starting 16th. We were working on item on our lit to be able to do – once we put ourselves in front during the race.

“My 18 years of experience helps. I know how to be patient and not to get desperate if you’re 10th halfway through and you think, ‘Oh, I’m not going to win the race.’ The race I really going to start shaping up on the last pit stop with some 30 laps to go, so when I make the last stop, we can make the right decisions on wings and things.”

Kanaan believes that all 33 drivers have a chance to win the race, as tight as the field is.

Rookie Santino Ferrucci raced his Dale Coyne Honda to the second fastest speed of 225.486 mph.

Former winner Takuma Sato was third fast in his Honda-powered car and he was followed by the Honda’s of rookie Jordan King, James Davison, Sebastien Bourdais and former winner Alexander Rossi, the Chevrolet of Charlie Kimball, rookie Colton Herta and 2018 victor Will Power.

Traditionally, Carb Day practice runs for one hour but this year, the timeframe was extended to 90 minutes.

All 33 drivers took to the track with Josef Newgarden leading the way with 72 laps around the massive 2.5-mile oval. Rookie Ben Henley took the fewest laps with 36 and his time of 219.719 mph was the slowest of all.

In total, the 33 drivers completed 1,755 laps without incident.

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