Thursday, June 1, 2023

Kanaan Tops Final Practice on Carb Day as Malukas, Herta Wreck

Tony Kanaan stands on pit-road at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Three out of the five Chip Ganassi Racing drivers led a practice session in preparation for the Indianapolis 500. Image courtesy of James Black / Penske Entertainment

Tony Kanaan topped the field on Carb Day for the final practice ahead of the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

The 47-year-old Brazilian laid down a single fastest lap at 227.114 mph in the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, completing 46 circuits with the session’s quickest time of 39.6277s.

Fellow teammate of Kanaan, Marcus Ericsson turned a second best lap at a speed of 227.004 mph. Takuma Sato piloting the No. 51 Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda placed third on the charts with a lap at 226.839 mph.

Scott Dixon and Sage Karam completed the top five drivers.

Will Power was sixth at a speed of 226.032 mph, with the No. 48 CGR Honda of Jimmie Johnson trailing in seventh. Pato O’Ward and Marco Andretti filled the eighth and ninth positions.

Rounding out the top 10 was Felix Rosenqvist, tied for most laps run in the session of 61 along with Andretti.

At the beginning of the practice, a telemetry hose was run over by the No. 9 CGR Honda. Dixon was leaving his pit-box and the hose tripped a crew member with no injuries.

Rookie David Malukas had his first incident in the month of May with only 45 minutes remaining. The right rear tire on the No. 18 DCR with HMD Motorsports Honda became instantly flat when Santino Ferrucci made contact in Turn 1.

Ferrucci was on the outside and quickly pointed left as Malukas slightly moved up from the inside line. After hitting each other, Malukas spun around and backed up into the outside wall with extensive damage.

A pack of cars were behind the two and Helio Castroneves nearly missed the rear of Dalton Kellett’s car. Ferrucci was handed a penalty for avoidable contact, he could not participate in the last 20-minutes of the practice.

With under a half hour to go, Colton Herta went for a flip out of Turn 1. The No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda slid up towards the outside wall and the rear end made contact first.

Herta was picked up by air on the front nose and slid on the backstretch. He immediately noted to his team that he was fine.

Matt Narváez
Matt Narváez
Matthew is a NASCAR contributor apart of the team. A fan of racing since 2011, he has had passion for sports journalism since 2015 and is a current Mass Communications student at the University of South Florida.

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