O’Ward leads Dixon in Indy 500 Carb Day final practice – IndyCar

Pato O’Ward put his Arrow McLaren SP at the top of the speed charts in the last on-track session before the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500.

In the final track time ahead of this weekend’s Indy 500, O’Ward, classified as a rookie at Indy after failing to qualify for the race in 2019, was the only driver to break the 225mph barrier and the 40 seconds barrier, with his 11th lap of 84 resulting in 225.355mph.

That put him 0.7mph ahead of the best effort from Scott Dixon, the 2008 Indy 500 winner for Chip Ganassi Racing, while two more former winners in Alexander Rossi and Takuma Sato were third and fourth fastest.

Oliver Askew, another rookie, was fifth in the second Arrow McLaren SP entry ahead of Zach Veach for Andretti Autosport who said yesterday that his car was feeling comfortable in traffic and duly proved it today.

As in qualifying, Josef Newgarden was the fastest of the Team Penske runners, while his Indy winning team-mates were buried in 14th, 17th and 24th. The last of these, Will Power, told NBC the car was “off” at the start of the session but made good gains towards the end, before he reverted to pitstop practice.

Power was just behind Fernando Alonso in terms of outright speed on the timing screens, but ahead of pole-winner Marco Andretti, who could only manage P28 and whose car looked very nervous in the wake of his rivals.

Alonso, who makes his third appearance at the Indy 500, claimed P23 in final practice will start the race from 26th place having endured an eventful opening week of the reshuffled race programme.

After taking fifth place in the opening practice session, Alonso saw his progress curtailed by a heavy Turn 4 crash on the second day of practice.

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Marcus Ericsson (Ganassi), Ben Hanley (DragonSpeed) and James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport) all clocked more than half-race distances respectively in the final practice session.

The rescheduled 2020 Indy 500, postponed from its traditional month of May programme, will take place this weekend (23 August) without fans due to COVID-19 protocols.

2020 Indy 500 Carb Day practice times

Pos Driver Team Speed Laps
1 Patricio O’Ward Arrow McLaren SP 225.355 84
2 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 224.646 59
3 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport 224.599 58
4 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan 224.580 85
5 Oliver Askew Arrow McLaren SP 224.128 82
6 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport 223.957 73
7 Josef Newgarden Team Penske 223.764 68
8 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing 223.700 105
9 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing 223.641 72
10 Alex Palou Dale Coyne Racing 223.570 91
11 Charlie Kimball A.J. Foyt Enterprises 223.491 79
12 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport 223.461 103
13 Colton Herta Andretti Harding 223.433 88
14 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske 223.419 89
15 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing 223.410 65
16 Rinus Van Kalmthout Ed Carpenter Racing 223.385 92
17 Helio Castroneves Team Penske 223.093 93
18 Conor Daly Ed Carpenter Racing 223.010 78
19 Tony Kanaan A.J. Foyt Enterprises 222.999 51
20 Dalton Kellett A.J. Foyt Enterprises 222.951 73
21 Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan 222.806 95
22 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 222.731 81
23 Fernando Alonso Arrow McLaren SP 222.680 72
24 Will Power Team Penske 222.578 81
25 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan 222.158 71
26 Spencer Pigot Citrone Buhl Autosport with RLL 221.789 48
27 Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing 221.675 71
28 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 221.314 70
29 James Davison Dale Coyne Racing 220.889 64
30 Max Chilton Carlin 220.666 80
31 J.R. Hildebrand Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 219.727 44
32 Sage Karam Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 219.396 38
33 Ben Hanley DragonSpeed 217.984 104

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