IRL: Indy 500: Honda day six practice report

Rookie Wheldon, veteran Gordon set Indy pace. Honda-powered drivers Dan Wheldon and Robby Gordon have established themselves as favorites for the coveted pole position in Saturday's first-round qualifying for the 87th running of the Indianapolis...

Rookie Wheldon, veteran Gordon set Indy pace.

Honda-powered drivers Dan Wheldon and Robby Gordon have established themselves as favorites for the coveted pole position in Saturday's first-round qualifying for the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500-mile race.

Gordon, filling in for the injured Dario Franchitti at Andretti Green Racing, was fastest today, the final day of practice prior to qualifying, and placed fifth on the overall speed chart. Meanwhile rookie Wheldon, in only his second race for Andretti Green, set the top speed of the week in near perfect weather and track conditions on Thursday.

Tony Kanaan made it three Honda-powered Andretti Green drivers in the top six with his speed on Thursday, with team owner Michael Andretti ending the week just outside of the top 10 as the veteran open-wheel racing star prepares for his final race as a driver.

Driving for Rahal-Letterman Racing, Kenny Brack ran seventh fastest in practice this week, and also helped prepare a third Rahal-Letterman entry for teammate Jimmy Vasser, who will make his run on the second and final weekend of qualifications. Former IRL champion Greg Ray ran 13th this week, with rookies Roger Yasukawa 15th and Shinji Nakano 28th after making his first Indy practice runs today.

First day qualifying for the pole begins tomorrow at noon EDT, with live television coverage split between ABC and the ESPN cable network.

Dan Wheldon (#26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Andretti Green Racing Honda) quickest in practice: "We stuck to our plan and it worked well for us all this week. The car is comfortable for me, both in qualifying and race trim, and all four drivers are sharing information and helping each other along. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow. I believe any one of the four of us can take the pole, in the end it may come down to the qualifying order."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Greg Ray , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Shinji Nakano , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon , Roger Yasukawa , Jim Beam