The veteran Brazilian pilot Tony kanaan found the right combination of ingredients for speed in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, leading this Thursday the third day of training for the 105th edition of the Indianapolis 500.
Kanaan, a 2013 Indy 500 winner and 2004 INDYCAR SERIES champion, aiming to make his 20th start in “The Greatest Show in Racing,” led the group of 35 cars with a best lap of 225.341 mph (362.651 kilometers). ) with No. 48 The American Legion Honda, of the team Chip Ganassi Racing.
Track and air temperatures continued to climb after a cool start to Tuesday’s initial workout and moderate temperatures in Wednesday’s.
Conor Daly continued a strong week at the 2.5-mile (4.023-kilometer) oval by finishing second with a record of 225.245 mph (362.496 kilometers) in the No. 47 US Air Force Chevrolet.
While the young American Santino FerrucciThe 22-year-old was third at 224.922 mph (361, 976 kilometers) in the No. 45 Hy-Vee Honda on a shortened day.
Ferrucci was transported to IU Methodist Health Hospital in Indianapolis for further evaluation of his left foot after being involved in the first major training incident this week.
Ferrucci’s No. 45 Hy-Vee Honda car made a quarter turn to the left at Turn 2 and made heavy rear contact with the SAFER barrier at Turn 2 before coming to a stop with severe damage to the rear of the car.
Another champion in Indianapolis, the Brazilian Helio castroneves, finished with seventh place, while the Spanish Alex Palou He did it in eleventh and three places behind, in fourteenth, was the Mexican Pato O’Ward.
Veteran Colombian rider Juan Pablo Montoya set the 22nd fastest time of the day.
Within the combined results of the three days of training, the New Zealander Scott dixonChip Ganassi Racing, the same team as Palou, is still at the top of the table, followed by Australian Will Power and Daly who is third.
Kanaan is in ninth place, while O’Ward remains in eleventh and Palou follows him in eleventh.
Castroneves is nineteenth and Montoya is three spots behind to twenty-second.
Training will resume this Friday, starting at noon, in the now traditional “Fast Friday”, than the first day with elevated boost levels in the engine turbochargers, which continues through Saturday and Sunday to establish qualification.
The extra boost will add 80-90 horsepower and increase speed.
Teams will shift their focus to qualifying setups on Friday in preparation for the drama and speed on Saturday and Sunday.
English pilot Jack harvey was the fastest driver without the benefit of aerodynamic support today (conditions similar to single-car qualification) with 222,091 (357.420 kilometers) at the wheel of the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda single-seater.
The session started with drama from the first lap after American Colton Herta, driving the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda, skimmed the wall at Turn 4 and the No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet driven by New Zealand rookie Scott McLaughlin.
The rookie driver and the No. 16 Rocket Pro TPO / Paretta Autosport Chevrolet driven by Switzerland’s Simona De Silvestro braked as three Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing cars ran slowly in formation on the front straight on the first lap of the session.