Indy 500 Carb Day practice speeds, highlights

The 108th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 26, 2024, (weather permitting) and Friday marks the final practice session. It's called Carb Day, and it offers drivers and teams 2 hours to make final adjustments and practice pit stops at full speed.

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1 p.m. ET: Indy 500 Carb Day practice recap

Four-time race champ Helio Castroneves is busy and fast in the last Indy 500 practice, running a lot of laps (103) and posting the second-fastest lap (226.939 mph). Scott Dixon, the 2008 race champ, tops the speed chart at 227.206. Those drivers start side-by-side on the 7th row in Sunday's race.

Drivers with high starting spots who don't find speed: defending race champ Josef Newgarden (starting 3rd, 32nd on Friday); 2016 winner Alexander Rossi (4th, 26th); Santino Ferrucci (6th, 24th), who was last for much of the session; Rinus VeeKay (7th, 30th). Rookie Linus Lundqvist logs the fewest laps (49, along with Ferrucci) and is slowest (top lap of 222.840).

The field turns a total of 2,721 laps.

Here is the ranking of each driver's fast lap on Friday, with mph and laps turned:

  1. Scott Dixon, 227.206, 90

  2. Helio Castroneves, 226.939, 103

  3. Pato O'Ward, 226.666, 78

  4. Colton Herta, 226.220, 79

  5. Tom Blomqvist, 225.450, 62

  6. Marcus Ericsson, 225.418, 64

  7. Agustin Canapino, 225.320, 105

  8. Felix Roenqvist, 225.310, 89

  9. Alex Palou, 225.302, 91

  10. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 225.124, 63

  11. Callum Ilott, 225.075, 103

  12. Kyffin Simpson, 224.824, 104

  13. Kyle Larson, 224.761, 73

  14. Takuma Sato, 224.630, 97

  15. Pietro Fittipaldi, 224.568, 97

  16. Marcus Armstrong, 224.406, 100

  17. Graham Rahal, 224.353, 106

  18. Marco Andretti, 224.322, 72

  19. Christian Lundgaard, 224.287, 74

  20. Scott McLaughlin, 224.264, 93

  21. Will Power, 224.253, 69

  22. Conor Daly, 224.253, 74

  23. Kyle Kirkwood, 224.153, 65

  24. Santino Ferrucci, 223.963, 48

  25. Romain Grosjean, 223.949, 82

  26. Alexander Rossi, 223.867, 92

  27. Christian Rasmussen, 223.822, 88

  28. Sting Ray Robb, 223.539, 95

  29. Ed Carpenter, 223.348, 67

  30. Rinus VeeKay, 223.026, 90

  31. Katherine Legge, 222.927, 86

  32. Josef Newgarden, 222.847, 71

  33. Linus Lundqvist, 222.961, 49

11 a.m. ET: Indy 500 Carb Day practice

∎ Kyle Larson runs out of fuel on the track, prompting a brief caution.

∎ Takuma Sato, a two-time race champ, comes onto pit lane hot and swerves to avoid Conor Daly.

∎ Midway through the session, Helio Castroneves has logged the most laps (65). The 49-year-old is seeking a record-setting fifth race win, and this is his only IndyCar Series race of the year. Some of the others to turn more than 50 laps are relative novices at IMS: Agustin Canapino, Callum Ilott, Sting Ray Robb, Pietro Fittipaldi, Tom Blomqvist. Also, Graham Rahal and Alex Palou have topped 50 laps. On the other end, Linus Lundqvist has turned just 6 laps and Santino Ferrucci 9.

∎ A half-hour in, and Scott Dixon has the top lap at 227.206 mph. Four-time champ Helio Castroneves is next at 226.939, followed by Pato O'Ward (226.666), Colton Herta (226.220) and Tom Blomqvist (225.450). The full field has reached at least 215 mph.

∎ Marcus Ericsson hits 218.555 mph in the opening minutes.

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