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Indianapolis 500 - Carb Day practice times

27 May 2011

Final practice for this Sunday's Indianapolis 500 race took place today, with Ganassi showing that - but for that fumble with the fuel on Pole Day - they would have been starting the race in a commanding position.

Not that anyone should write off the polesitter, Alex Tagliani, however, who kept up the display of hugely impressive pace that he's enjoyed right from day one. He managed to improve his time steadily as the session neared its end, and ultimately split the two Ganassis by running just 0.1305s behind Scott Dixon's top time of 39.9159s.

That made Dixon the only man to top 225mph and to break the 40s time mark, after running a committed 60 laps during the one-hour morning session. Only Penske's Will Power put in more effort, but he was back in 13th position and was 0.3021s off Dixon's time.

All eyes were on Ryan Hunter-Reay's first outing in the AJ Foyt car, after he failed to qualify in his own Andretti Autosport car on Bump Day and had to "buy in" to Bruno Junqueira's seat in a highly controversial move on Monday. In fact he did rather well, putting in the 7th fastest time of the session; his new team mate Vitor Meira did even better and ran up in 4th.

Carb Day practice times

1. #9 Scott Dixon 225.474mph 39.9159s after 60 laps
2. #77 Alex Tagliani 224.739mph 40.0464s + 0.1305s after 42 laps
3. #10 Dario Franchitti 224.658mph 40.0609s + 0.1450s after 55 laps
4. #14 Vitor Meira 224.480mph 40.0927s + 0.1768s after 21 laps
5. #98 Dan Wheldon 224.439mph 40.0999s + 0.1840s after 53 laps
6. #44 Buddy Rice 224.409mph 40.1054s + 0.1895s after 44 laps
7. #41 Ryan Hunter-Reay 223.930mph 40.1912s + 0.2753s after 49 laps
8. #82 Tony Kanaan 223.868mph 40.2022s + 0.2863s after 51 laps
9. #3 Helio Castroneves 223.861mph 40.2035s + 0.2876s after 50 laps
10. #43 John Andretti 223.852mph 40.2051s + 0.2892s after 30 laps
11. #4 JR Hildebrand 223.830mph 40.2091s + 0.2932s after 48 laps
12. #99 Townsend Bell 223.808mph 40.2130s + 0.2971s after 40 laps
13. #12 Will Power 223.780mph 40.2180s + 0.3021s after 62 laps
14. #38 Graham Rahal 223.422mph 40.2825s + 0.3666s after 54 laps
15. #6 Ryan Briscoe 223.373mph 40.2914s + 0.3755s after 51 laps
16. #67 Ed Carpenter 223.221mph 40.3188s + 0.4029s after 48 laps
17. #23 Paul Tracy 223.211mph 40.3206s + 0.4047s after 46 laps
18. #22 Justin Wilson 223.159mph 40.3299s + 0.4140s after 47 laps
19. #88 Jay Howard 223.041mph 40.3514s + 0.4355s after 25 laps
20. #7 Danica Patrick 222.829mph 40.3897s + 0.4738s after 48 laps
21. #19 Alex Lloyd 222.777mph 40.3992s + 0.4833s after 29 laps
22. #78 Simona de Silvestro 222.735mph 40.4067s + 0.4908s after 44 laps
23. #30 Bertrand Baguette 222.678mph 40.4171s + 0.5012s after 40 laps
24. #24 Ana Beatriz 222.600mph 40.4312s + 0.5153s after 36 laps
25. #06 James Hinchcliffe 222.434mph 40.4615s + 0.5456s after 55 laps
26. #83 Charlie Kimball 222.253mph 40.4944s + 0.5785s after 38 laps
27. #11 Davey Hamilton 222.168mph 40.5099s + 0.5940s after 38 laps
28. #2 Oriol Servia 222.165mph 40.5104s + 0.5945s after 37 laps
29. #26 Marco Andretti 221.826mph 40.5724s + 0.6565s after 45 laps
30. #36 Pippa Mann 220.891mph 40.7441s + 0.8282s after 48 laps
31. #07 Tomas Scheckter 220.480mph 40.8201s + 0.9042s after 31 laps
32. #59 EJ Viso 219.815mph 40.9436s + 1.0277s after 37 laps
33. #5 Takuma Sato 207.220mph 43.4321s + 3.5162s after 4 laps

Total Laps: 1406


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