Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou was in the pace setter in the final practice before Carb Day ahead of this weekend’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The Spaniard who will start the race from 6th place set a 225.649MPH and speaking following the action he said:

Chip Ganassi Racing had a great Sunday as not only did points leader Scott Dixon take the pole but the team ended the evening practice with a 1-2 while Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon ended the session in fourth and fifth place respectively.

Speaking following qualifying, Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda commented sayng:

Winning a pole at the Indianapolis 500 is one of the toughest things to do. “From a team standpoint, just how much work and effort goes into building these cars specifically for that pole run, it’s a lot of money and a lot of effort that it takes.

“We’ve been on the other side of it. We’ve had them before, but we’ve started well in the pack, too, where you can’t figure out why you’re in that position. Definitely feel good for the team. I know the team is going to be proud of what we achieved today. Again, it’s just the starting position. We have to work on the rest.”

The Iceman went on to say:

“It was pretty hairy. “Glad it’s over. It was definitely pretty tense. I was able to watch Colton’s four laps, too. Wish I hadn’t before I went out. I knew his consistency was probably going to be a tick better than the other two, and it sure was.

“Yeah, at Turn 1 for the first lap was very loose, and I was already maxed out on all the controls. I knew it was just going to be holding on for lap three and four. Lap four was definitely pretty rough, especially through Turn 3.”

1 10 Palou, Alex D/H/F 00:39.8850 225.649 –.—- –.—- 29 52

2 8 Ericsson, Marcus D/H/F 00:39.8880 225.632 0.0030 0.0030 4 54

3 47 Daly, Conor D/C/F 00:39.9197 225.453 0.0347 0.0317 19 70

4 48 Kanaan, Tony D/H/F 00:39.9236 225.431 0.0386 0.0039 17 30

5 9 Dixon, Scott D/H/F 00:40.0352 224.802 0.1502 0.1116 1 30

6 30 Sato, Takuma D/H/F 00:40.1016 224.430 0.2166 0.0664 34 72

7 15 Rahal, Graham D/H/F 00:40.1112 224.376 0.2262 0.0096 53 87

8 25 Wilson, Stefan D/H/F 00:40.1412 224.209 0.2562 0.0300 3 76

9 7 Rosenqvist, Felix D/C/F 00:40.1634 224.085 0.2784 0.0222 7 76

10 98 Andretti, Marco D/H/F 00:40.2067 223.843 0.3217 0.0433 16 87

11 12 Power, Will D/C/F 00:40.2568 223.565 0.3718 0.0501 41 70

12 1 Hildebrand, JR D/C/F 00:40.2629 223.531 0.3779 0.0061 23 51

13 27 Rossi, Alexander D/H/F 00:40.2766 223.455 0.3916 0.0137 64 90

14 14 Bourdais, Sebastien D/C/F 00:40.2782 223.446 0.3932 0.0016 69 81

15 3 McLaughlin, Scott (R) D/C/F 00:40.3205 223.212 0.4355 0.0423 68 95

16 86 Montoya, Juan Pablo D/C/F 00:40.3408 223.099 0.4558 0.0203 4 60

17 45 Ferrucci, Santino D/H/F 00:40.3488 223.055 0.4638 0.0080 40 40

18 24 Karam, Sage D/C/F 00:40.3673 222.953 0.4823 0.0185 27 69

19 29 Hinchcliffe, James D/H/F 00:40.4034 222.754 0.5184 0.0361 23 90

20 18 Jones, Ed D/H/F 00:40.4186 222.670 0.5336 0.0152 61 79

21 4 Kellett, Dalton D/C/F 00:40.4369 222.569 0.5519 0.0183 27 37

22 60 Harvey, Jack D/H/F 00:40.4518 222.487 0.5668 0.0149 80 81

23 21 VeeKay, Rinus D/C/F 00:40.4597 222.444 0.5747 0.0079 15 32

24 5 O’Ward, Pato D/C/F 00:40.4792 222.336 0.5942 0.0195 43 51

25 20 Carpenter, Ed D/C/F 00:40.4901 222.277 0.6051 0.0109 7 58

26 2 Newgarden, Josef D/C/F 00:40.5153 222.138 0.6303 0.0252 70 84

27 59 Chilton, Max D/C/F 00:40.5460 221.970 0.6610 0.0307 48 50

28 22 Pagenaud, Simon D/C/F 00:40.5986 221.683 0.7136 0.0526 21 21

29 26 Herta, Colton D/H/F 00:40.6485 221.410 0.7635 0.0499 39 71

30 06 Castroneves, Helio D/H/F 00:40.6600 221.348 0.7750 0.0115 51 68

31 51 Fittipaldi, Pietro (R) D/H/F 00:40.6780 221.250 0.7930 0.0180 71 82

32 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan D/H/F 00:40.6869 221.201 0.8019 0.0089 28 53

33 16 De Silvestro, Simona D/C/F 00:40.7970 220.604 0.9120 0.1101 33 46

(R) Rookie Total Laps: 2093

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