Track Report: Carb Day
INDIANAPOLIS May 22 - The final practice for the Indianapolis 500 went well for the AJ Foyt Racing team with all three cars running in the top half of the field. Takuma Sato was fifth in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda with a top speed of 228.242mph, while Jack Hawksworth was 12th in the no. 41 ABC Supply Honda at 226.436mph. Alex Tagliani clocked 225.939mph in the No. 48 Al-Fe Heat Treating Honda for 16th quickest.
“It’s very encouraging to see all three cars very competitive,” said Sato, who was the quickest Honda-powered car today. “I felt comfortable in traffic which is what today is all about. The ABC boys did a great preparation on the car, taking everything off and putting it back together again—the car feels really, really good. A very positive day so we’re in the best position for race day.”
“Practice went pretty good,” Hawksworth said. “We had a new engine in the ABC Supply 41 car so we had to dial that in initially and get that all checked off. We worked on the car balance a little bit and we found a little more front grip in traffic which is good. I think we still need to find a little more for Sunday but overall it seems pretty decent.”
Will Power was quickest of the 33 cars on track today. He posted a speed of 229.020mph. Due to driver changes in the starting line-up resulting in three cars moving to the back of the grid, both Sato and Hawksworth will each move up a row. Sato moves up to 24th, outside on Row 8 while Hawksworth will start 28th, inside Row 10.
Tagliani will start 20th, in the middle of Row 7. Only two of the driver changes affected his starting spot as he was starting ahead of the car driven by James Hinchcliffe which will now be driven by Ryan Briscoe in the 500.
The Indianapolis 500 will be broadcast live by ABC-TV Sunday, May 24th with pre-race coverage beginning at 11 a.m. ET. The race will start shortly after noon.