Rookie O’Ward Leads Miller Lite Carb Day; Three ‘500” Winners Close to High
Rookie Pato O’Ward turned the quickest lap of Miller Lite Carb Day apply for the 104th Indianapolis 500 offered by Gainbridge on Friday, Aug. 21, with winners of “The Best Spectacle in Racing” looming massive within the subsequent three spots on the velocity charts.
O’Ward, from Monterrey, Mexico, produced a high lap of 225.355 mph within the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet in the course of the two-hour last apply earlier than Race Day this Sunday. O’Ward will begin 15th when “The Best Spectacle in Racing” takes the inexperienced flag at 2:30 p.m. (ET), with dwell protection beginning at 1 p.m. on NBC and the Pennzoil INDYCAR Radio Community.
“I believe it is simply been actually necessary to attempt to get the perfect automobile beneath us for Race Day,” O’Ward mentioned. “I believe site visitors working goes to be key. It is going to be my first ‘500.’ From simply feeling out apply and all the pieces, it is so necessary to have a automobile that is capable of observe intently and have the ability to get runs on folks, finally transfer ahead as a substitute of shifting backward.”
2008 Indy 500 winner and five-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon was second quickest on the two.5-mile oval as groups labored on their race setups, with a finest lap of 224.646 within the No. 9 PNC Financial institution Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Dixon will begin second Sunday.
“We needed to undergo our entrance wings in the present day simply to verify they’re all shut in case we’d like one within the race,” Dixon mentioned. “We misplaced some entrance grip, and we’re attempting to see if the teammates had the identical scenario. Aside from that, the No. 9 PNC Financial institution Honda felt actually good and actually quick. It pulls up depraved quick. Hopefully that’s true in terms of the race.”
2016 “500” winner Alexander Rossi was third total at 224.599 within the No. 27 NAPA Auto Elements/AutoNation Honda. He begins ninth Sunday.
Takuma Sato, winner of the 2017 Indy 500, ended up fourth at 224.580 within the No. 30 Panasonic/PeopleReady Honda. He’ll begin third Sunday, on the entrance row with Dixon and pole sitter Marco Andretti.
Arrow McLaren SP positioned two vehicles and rookie drivers within the high 5, as Oliver Askew was fifth at 224.128 within the workforce’s No. 7 Chevrolet entry. Askew begins 21st within the 33-car subject Sunday.
Pole sitter Andretti has been a fixture close to the highest of the velocity charts in each session since apply opened Wednesday, Aug. 12, however he ended up 28th total Friday at 221.314 within the No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda.
Two-time Components One World Champion Fernando Alonso was 23rd Friday at 222.680 within the No. 66 Ruoff Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. Alonso will begin 26th Sunday as he makes an attempt to develop into simply the second driver to win the “Triple Crown” of motorsports with victories within the Indianapolis 500, Monaco Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Helio Castroneves ended up 17th at 223.093 within the No. three Pennzoil Workforce Penske Chevrolet as he’ll strive Sunday to develop into simply the fourth four-time winner of “The Best Spectacle in Racing.” Castroneves will begin 28th. If he triumphs, it’s going to tie the all-time race report for the deepest beginning spot of the race winner, a mark set by Ray Harroun within the inaugural race in 1911 and matched by Louis Meyer in 1936.