Chip Ganassi Racing Team’s Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet ended Monday’s final practice session ahead of Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as best of the rest behind Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden.
TK completed 96 laps and set a fastest speed of 226.393mph to end the day just ahead of reigning series champion and his team mate at Chip Ganassi Racing Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chevrolet. Speaking following Monday’s action, Kanaan who won the Indy 500 in 2013 commented on his day by saying:
I’m glad we were finally able to get the No. 10 NTT DATA Chevrolet up to speed for practice today. I’ve felt really good about my race car since the early sessions and it showed how strong the car is in race setup today on track. We made a lot of progress overnight and it helped put our qualifying run behind us. We’re 100% focused on the race now and just figuring out the best strategy to get back up front.
Scott Dixon was third fastest in the No.9 Target car. The New Zealander completed 98 laps recording his fastest speed of 226.339mph. Speaking following the session, the Iceman commented by saying:
With about 15 minutes to go it started to get crazy out there with all 33 cars on track. It was very similar to race conditions and things went well for Team Target. It’s still a long way to go but you never know what the weather will bring so you saw a lot of people on track today. You always want a little more practice time and Carb Day will be pretty busy if the weather holds up.
Charlie Kimball made it three Ganassi cars in the top six as the No.42 Tresiba® Chevrolet ended the day in 6th place completing 98 laps and speaking following his day in the car Kimball commented by saying:
Overall I’m really happy with the No. 42 Tresiba Chevrolet. We did a lot of laps today, I think it was around 100, working on the race car and working in traffic. We’re just figuring out what it’s going to take to get up front and stay up front. Obviously starting 16th we have a few cars to pass before we can get in striking distance. We’ll spend the next few days going over data from all the Chip Ganassi Racing cars trying to figure out how to get the No. 42 a little quicker in traffic and a little quicker out front on its own.’
Max Chilton competing in his first ever Indianapolis 500 completed 117 laps on Monday, the most of any driver in the 33 car field and ended the day in 25th place just behind Penske’s Helio Castroneves and speaking following his day in the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet Chilton commented by saying:
It was good to get some proper running in today in the Gallagher car after all the antics of the past few days. Yesterday we didn’t get that much running in. Getting back in the car yesterday gave me the confidence to get back up to speed. There was a lot of action out there today and I think it gives you a hint of what the race could be like. We made a few final changes to the car today which I liked. We still have a little to work on for Carb Day but I learned a lot today.