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Palou Tops Post-Qualifying Indianapolis 500 Practice Session – The Checkered Flag
May 23, 2021
Alex Palou caps off an thrilling day on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the highest pace within the apply session after he certified sixth for the Indianapolis 500. Sitting atop one more session this Could, Chip Ganassi Racing show as soon as once more that they’re the workforce to beat with all 4 automobiles inside the highest 5 within the session. As groups put together for “The Nice American Race”, this session was full of thrilling pack racing and apply for inexperienced flag pit stops.
Thirty minutes into the session Workforce Penske‘s struggles continued as a warning was put out for Simon Pagenaud blew an engine on the frontstretch. He is not going to lose his qualifying spot for altering an engine, however he did lose an hour and a half of precious apply time. Pagenaud mentioned that he nonetheless believes that he “has a sizzling rod” regardless of this unlucky problem.
Marcus Ericsson went second quickest on the day, whereas Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon completed fourth and fifth quickest respectively. Slowly however certainly because the starting of the week, Ganassi automobiles have persistently labored their option to the highest of the time sheets and put down quick laps when it counted most in qualifying. This workforce has a lot tempo, and it will not be stunning to see considered one of their faces on the Borg Warner trophy subsequent.
The person that break up all of the CGR machines was Conor Daly of Ed Carpenter Racing, who completed third quickest and finishes within the prime 5 but once more in a apply session. Together with his teammates Rinus Veekay and Ed Carpenter contained in the quick 9 in qualifying, ECR is likely to be one other workforce to observe for an upset win come subsequent Sunday.
The defending Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato completed the session in sixth along with his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing teammate Graham Rahal proper behind him in seventh place. After each completed on the rostrum final 12 months, they’ve their work lower out for them this 12 months as they begin in the midst of the pack in fifteenth and eighteenth respectively.
Stefan Wilson of Andretti Autosport was one of the best of the Indy 500-only entrants on this session, ending eighth quickest. He was joined by fellow Indy-only Andretti driver Marco Andretti, who completed the session in tenth place.
Splitting the Andretti automobiles very similar to Daly did Ganassi was Felix Rosenqvist of Arrow McLaren SP, who completed the session ninth quickest. His teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Patricio O’Ward completed the session sixteenth and twenty-fourth respectively.
Groups will now get a properly earned break, and are scheduled to return to the observe subsequent Friday, 28 Could, for the ultimate apply session of the month. “Carb Day”, because it’s identified, will happen at 1100 EST / 1600 BST.