Chip Ganassi invited Alex Zanardi to the Indianapolis 500 race in order to surprise him with a special gift.
The 2012 Indy Lights Champion moved up to the premier IndyCar series this year and will take the green flag for the first time in the Indianapolis 500.
Conor Daly arrived from Europe to complete his Rookie Orientation Program while Pippa Mann passed his refresher program. Fastest driver on the track was Marco Andretti.
Andretti Autosport driver E.J. Viso was hot today when he set the fastest lap during practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 2003.
The lone team owner/driver in the IZOD IndyCar Series ended up with the pole at his home race!
Carb Day was busy with the final Indy 500 practice with Simon Pagenaud setting fastest lap. The pit stop contest was won again by Helio Castroneves and Team Penske.
Tomorrow is Fast Friday!
All four rookies assigned to cars this month - Conor Daly, AJ Allmendinger, Carlos Munoz and Tristan Vautier - have completed ROP. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch also completed ROP on Thursday, May 9.
The field is now set for the Memorial Day classic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Pole photos, race setup highlights Carpenter's day Sunday at Indy in the final action before Carb Day.