Sage Karam leads rain-marred Indy 500 practice at 225.802mph

Once the army of jet driers finished the tedious task of making the surface of IMS ready for race cars, most took the opportunity to test their new aero kits.

INDIANAPOLIS - 30 cars took to the famed Indianapolis circuit today for practice and just the second opportunity to test out these superspeedway aero kits. The four hour session was delayed by rain three times throughout the day, but eventually, we got to see cars on track.

At the end of the day, Chip Ganassi led the way with Sage Karam, Scott Dixon, and Tony Kanaan on top. Karam went quickest with a fastest lap of 225,802mph.

"It's only the first day, so it's not about how fast you are today," said Karam. "It's about how fast you are on Sunday in two weeks. It definitely feels good, though. It's the first time I've ever been P1 at (IMS) so it's a good feeling."

"We have a lot of work to do," Karam admitted. "The car's not anywhere near where we want it to be for race day or qualifying. I've got a great team. They worked really hard. They are making it a lot easier on us drivers by being as prepared as they are. We are picking this new aero kit apart and we're figuring it out every time we go out."

Three of the four Team Penske cars never ran a flying lap and brought up the rear on the time sheets with laps ranging from 137 to 150mph. Simon Pagenaud was the only Penske pilot to put down a competitive lap at 222.885mph.

Josef Newgarden ran the most laps at 83 total while four cars never even fired up, being those of Buddy Lazier, Jack Hawksworth, Alex Tagliani, and the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing entry, which does not yet have a 500 driver.

Some drivers also toyed around with drafting with teammates Ed Carpenter and Newgarden working together quite a bit. The session went under caution twice, both due to moisture.

 Cla.   No.  Driver  Engine  Time   Margin   Laps Completed 
Sage Karam Chevrolet 39.8579   41
Scott Dixon Chevrolet 39.9480 0.0901 27
10  Tony Kanaan Chevrolet 39.9615 0.1036 26
27  Marco Andretti Honda 39.9674 0.1095 63
J.R. Hildebrand Chevrolet 40.0428 0.1849 61
20  Ed Carpenter Chevrolet 40.0466 0.1887 79
26  Carlos Muñoz Honda 40.0546 0.1967 36
25  Justin Wilson Honda 40.1353 0.2774 44
14  Takuma Sato Honda 40.1357 0.2778 45
10  21  Josef Newgarden Chevrolet 40.1440 0.2861 83
11  J.Hinchcliffe Honda 40.1473 0.2894 36
12  98  Gabby Chaves Honda 40.1475 0.2896 8
13  29  S.de Silvestro Honda 40.2353 0.3774 42
14  24  Townsend Bell Chevrolet 40.2437 0.3858 39
15  15  Graham Rahal Honda 40.2536 0.3957 77
16  James Jakes Honda 40.2686 0.4107 36
17  11  S.Bourdais Chevrolet 40.2831 0.4252 34
18  32  Oriol Servià Honda 40.3043 0.4464 58
19  22  Simon Pagenaud Chevrolet 40.3795 0.5216 31
20  83  Charlie Kimball Chevrolet 40.5223 0.6644 19
21  28  Ryan Hunter-Reay Honda 40.5343 0.6764 68
22  43  Conor Daly Honda 40.5878 0.7299 28
23  17  S.Saavedra Chevrolet 40.8278 0.9699 16
24  Stefano Coletti Chevrolet 40.9560 1.0981 37
25  63  Pippa Mann Honda 41.0458 1.1879 6
26  88  Bryan Clauson Chevrolet 41.0676 1.2097 31
27  18  Carlos Huertas Honda 41.4759 1.6180 18
28  J.P.Montoya Chevrolet 59.8754 20.0175 3
29  H.Castroneves Chevrolet 1'03.4265 23.5686 1
30  Will Power Chevrolet 1'05.3294 25.4715 1

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Series IndyCar
Event Indy 500
Track Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Drivers Sage Karam
Article type Practice report
Tags chip ganassi racing