The final practice before the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is now in the books. Drivers took the track for their final practice laps just after 11 a.m. this morning. Just after the session kicked off, the first yellow was dropped as debris was found on the back stretch. After a 10-minute check of the track, practice was resumed and the time was added to the back end of practice.
Pole sitter James Hinchcliffe was given a drive-through penalty 25 minutes into the practice for a pit lane violation. Hinchcliffe was ordered into the pit lane and had to drive through it at the pit lane speed limit.
At the end of the session, Tony Kanaan of Chip Ganassi Racing help the top speed on the Carb Day speed chart. Kanaan reached a top speed of 226.280 in his Chevy. Carlos Munoz hit the top speed of all the Honda drivers with 224.772.
“It was a race out there today,” said Kanaan after the session. “I’m happy with the car. I have to pass 17 people then I’ll be really happy” he added. “If you count us out [on Sunday] it will be a big mistake."
Alexander Rossi had the fastest speed of all the rookies with his top speed of 224.276. This speed was good enough to put him in 6th on the speed chart. Rossi will enter the race as the favorite for the rookie of the year award.
It a total of 50 minutes of track time a total of 1368 laps were turned among all 33 drivers in the field. Pippa Mann saw the only accident of the session after getting loose going out of turn 4 and hitting the wall. The car didn’t appear to have any major damage, and looked like it is repairable. If Mann has to change cars she will be required to start Sunday’s race from the back of the field.