On a day when no one is willing to show their full hand, or risk crashing, Ganassi Honda driver Scott Dixon not only turned the fastest lap, he got out of the car with 45-minutes to go in the Carb Day session – content with his car. It had to send a message to the rest of the field.
Dixon’s speed of 228.323 mph beat two Team Penske drivers – Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden – while Conor Daly and Marco Andretti rounded out the top-5.
Ganassi drivers have led every practice and qualifying session for the Indy 500, which tells you how strong they will be on Sunday.
The driver who looked the most racy was Colton Herta – making moves around drivers with ease. Although his fastest speed was only 28th best, he got out of the car saying just how happy he was with the handling and speed of the car. Starting 2nd, he will be a force on Sunday.
The 2-hour session ended 10 minutes early when rain started to fall again.
Practice started two hours, 37 minutes late due to persistent morning showers and ended 10 minutes short of its scheduled two hours when rain returned to the 2.5-mile oval. Cloudy skies and temperatures in the high 50s – about 25 degrees cooler than during Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying last weekend – increased grip and daring passes during the final practice before Race Day.
“Everybody felt like King Kong out there with the weather conditions,” Dixon said. “That may give you an indication of how the race will be. If it’s like this, it’s going to be mentally draining. There’s going to be a lot of action going on.”
“It was like we were sacrificing our vehicles for a prize today,” Daly said. “Did you win anything today? I didn’t.”
2018 Indy 500 winner Will Power was sixth overall at 226.223 in the No. 12 Verizon 5G Team Penske Chevrolet after squeezing into the last row of the field in the Last Chance Qualifying. Rookie Scott McLaughlin, the top Penske qualifier in 17th, was seventh in practice at 226.192 in the No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet.
Carb Day Speeds
|1||9||Scott Dixon||39.4178||0.000||0.000||47||228.323||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|2||22||Simon Pagenaud||39.6201||0.2023||0.2023||89||227.157||Chevy||Team Penske|
|3||2||Josef Newgarden||39.6728||0.2550||0.0527||93||226.856||Chevy||Team Penske|
|4||47||Conor Daly||39.7528||0.3350||0.0800||70||226.399||Chevy||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|5||98||Marco Andretti||39.7534||0.3356||0.0006||65||226.396||Honda||Andretti Herta-Haupert w/Marco & Curb-Agajanian|
|6||12||Will Power||39.7838||0.3660||0.0304||82||226.223||Chevy||Team Penske|
|7||3||Scott McLaughlin||39.7892||0.3714||0.0054||66||226.192||Chevy||Team Penske|
|8||48||Tony Kanaan||39.8356||0.4178||0.0464||48||225.929||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|9||30||Takuma Sato||39.8757||0.4579||0.0401||94||225.701||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|10||24||Sage Karam||39.9039||0.4861||0.0282||61||225.542||Chevy||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing|
|11||5||Pato O’Ward||39.9093||0.4915||0.0054||93||225.511||Chevy||Arrow McLaren SP|
|13||27||Alexander Rossi||39.9424||0.5246||0.0042||51||225.324||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|14||14||Sebastien Bourdais||39.9710||0.5532||0.0286||33||225.163||Chevy||AJ Foyt Enterprises|
|15||06||Helio Castroneves||39.9714||0.5536||0.0004||62||225.161||Honda||Meyer Shank Racing|
|16||86||Juan Pablo Montoya||39.9736||0.5558||0.0022||54||225.149||Chevy||Arrow McLaren SP|
|17||1||JR Hildebrand||40.0098||0.5920||0.0362||70||224.945||Chevy||AJ Foyt Enterprises|
|18||18||Ed Jones||40.0160||0.5982||0.0062||71||224.910||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan|
|19||15||Graham Rahal||40.0227||0.6049||0.0067||100||224.872||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|20||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||40.0500||0.6322||0.0273||71||224.719||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|21||29||James Hinchcliffe||40.0808||0.6630||0.0308||92||224.546||Honda||Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport|
|22||10||Alex Palou||40.0890||0.6712||0.0082||71||224.500||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|23||8||Marcus Ericsson||40.0948||0.6770||0.0058||84||224.468||Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|24||7||Felix Rosenqvist||40.1019||0.6841||0.0071||61||224.428||Chevy||Arrow McLaren SP|
|25||4||Dalton Kellett||40.1694||0.7516||0.0675||54||224.051||Chevy||AJ Foyt Enterprises|
|26||25||Stefan Wilson||40.1701||0.7523||0.0007||74||224.047||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|27||45||Santino Ferrucci||40.1993||0.7815||0.0292||77||223.884||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|28||26||Colton Herta||40.2378||0.8200||0.0385||78||223.670||Honda||Andretti Autosport|
|29||60||Jack Harvey||40.2389||0.8211||0.0011||76||223.664||Honda||Meyer Shank Racing|
|30||20||Ed Carpenter||40.2407||0.8229||0.0018||61||223.654||Chevy||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|31||21||Rinus VeeKay||40.3464||0.9286||0.1057||56||223.068||Chevy||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|32||16||Simona De Silvestro||40.3546||0.9368||0.0082||72||223.023||Chevy||Paretta Autosport|
|33||51||Pietro Fittipaldi||40.5090||1.0912||0.1544||88||222.173||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing w/Rick Ware Racing|