Tony Kanaan aims to bring AJ Foyt Racing back to prominence at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and if his pace in final practice for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 holds, he appears able to make good on his goal.
- Results: 2018 Indianapolis 500 Practice 9
Kanaan wheeled his No. 14 Chevrolet to a 227.791 mph lap to easily top the final chance for all 33 Indy 500 starters to prepare for Sunday’s race. His best trip around the 2.5-mile oval came on the 19th of 37 laps turned and was more than 2 mph quicker than second-fastest Scott Dixon.
Dixon’s 225.684 mph lap represented the best performance by a Honda-backed driver. His No. 9 machine was the first of three Hondas in the top five, joined by Marco Andretti at 225.220 mph and Sebastien Bourdais at 224.815 mph.
Carlin’s Charlie Kimball was fifth fastest with a 224.712 mph lap to give Chevrolet two cars in the top five to Honda’s three.
Takuma Sato, Will Power, Danica Patrick, Spencer Pigot and Ed Jones completed the top 10.
The hourlong session had no on-track incidents and only one caution for a track inspection.
Next up for the Verizon IndyCar Series is the annual pit stop competition, scheduled to run from 1:30–3:30 p.m. EDT on Friday and airing on NBCSN. With no track activity on Saturday, Indy cars will be back on track Sunday for the “500” with the green flag expected at 12:21 p.m.