Kanaan Fastest as Ganassi Top Practice for Second Consecutive Day

2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan finished the third day of Indy 500 practice at the top of the speed charts, with his lap speed of 225.341 mph set with just under one hour left in the session good enough to take the top spot. Kanaan’s teammate Scott Dixon was fastest in yesterday’s session, marking the second day in a row where Chip Ganassi Racing sat atop the charts at the end of the day.

There was controversy at the beginning of the session, as the three Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing cars of Graham Rahal, Takuma Sato and Santino Ferrucci slowly went across the frontstretch for a photoshoot. Some drivers were able to check up for it, but Andretti Autosport‘s Colton Herta got the information too late and bumped the wall in turn four at full speed and made slight contact with Scott McLaughlin as well. Both cars were okay to continue, but Herta required more time for repairs than Team Penske‘s star rookie.

At the end of the session, IndyCar reprimanded RLLR with a penalty that their cars will have to sit for the first thirty minutes of tomorrow’s Fast Friday session.

The first half of the session was dominated by CGR, with all four of their cars at the top of the charts with Dixon at the top. Ed Carpenter Racing‘s Rinus Veekay was the first to breach the Ganassi stronghold, taking second from Marcus Ericsson with about two and a half hours left in the session. After that, the flood gates opened up to a very diverse top ten.

Conor Daly had his second consecutive second place finish, looking absolutely dialed in this week. He joked that “Old Tony [Kanaan] had to ruin the party” but is very happy with the speed of his No. 47 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet.

Ferrucci finished the session third fastest, but suffered a serious crash with just under two hours left in the session. He lost control of his No. 45 Honda in turn two, spinning and smashing the rear end of the car into the outside wall. The twenty-two-year-old suffered a minor injury to his “left lower extremity” according to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows. He has been transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for further evaluation.

Josef Newgarden was the fastest of the Penske machines, taking fourth place ahead of his championship rival last year Dixon in fifth. This is the first day of practice that Newgarden has broken into the top ten.

Veekay’s second place speed eventually settled him into sixth place, the second straight day where ECR put three cars in the top ten. Every session so far has seen at least one of their cars in the top ten, namely Daly. They look like legitimate threat so far this month.

Helio Castroneves put his Meyer Shank Racing Honda in the top ten, finishing seventh fastest. Castroneves is hunting down his fourth, and MSR’s first, Borg Warner trophy. His teammate Jack Harvey finished seventeenth.

Ericsson spent much of the early part of the session at the top of the charts in second place, and once again put his No. 8 CGR Honda in the top ten with an eighth place finish.

Reigning Indy 500 champion Sato was very happy with his car at the end of the day, successfully completing all of the programs planned today. He finished the session ninth fastest, and will be forced to sit for the first half an hour tomorrow.

After being caught up in the photoshoot debacle, Herta got his car repaired and put in a lot of running time, rounding out the top ten at the checkered flag. He was the highest placed Andretti car of the day, with Ryan Hunter-Reay the second fastest in twelfth.

For tomorrow’s practice session, the cars will receive an extra boost of power which will make for an exciting Fast Friday that begins at 1200 EST / 1700 BST.

2021 Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 3 Results

RANK CAR NO. DRIVER NAT TEAM LAP SPEED (MPH)
1 48 Tony Kanaan BRA Chip Ganassi Racing 225.341
2 47 Conor Daly USA Ed Carpenter Racing 225.245
3 45 Santino Ferrucci USA Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 224.922
4 2 Josef Newgarden USA Team Penske 224.885
5 9 Scott Dixon NZL Chip Ganassi Racing 224.666
6 21 Rinus VeeKay NED Ed Carpenter Racing 224.409
7 6 Helio Castroneves BRA Meyer Shank Racing 224.393
8 8 Marcus Ericsson SWE Chip Ganassi Racing 224.273
9 30 Takuma Sato JPN Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 224.232
10 26 Colton Herta USA Andretti Autosport 223.944
11 10 Alex Palou ESP Chip Ganassi Racing 223.679
12 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay USA Andretti Autosport 223.548
13 3 Scott McLaughlin (R) NZL Team Penske 223.491
14 5 Pato O’Ward MEX Arrow McLaren SP 223.333
15 12 Will Power AUS Team Penske 223.23
16 7 Felix Rosenqvist SWE Arrow McLaren SP 223.199
17 60 Jack Harvey GBR Meyer Shank Racing 223.116
18 98 Marco Andretti USA Andretti Herta-Haupert w/ Marco & Curb-Agajanian 222.623
19 18 Ed Jones UAE Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan 222.604
20 20 Ed Carpenter USA Ed Carpenter Racing 222.441
21 27 Alexander Rossi USA Andrett Autosport 222.412
22 86 Juan Pablo Montoya COL Arrow McLaren SP 222.384
23 22 Simon Pagenaud FRA Team Penske 222.364
24 4 Dalton Kellett CAN A.J. Foyt Enterprises 221.926
25 25 Stefan Wilson GBR Andretti Autosport 221.804
26 15 Graham Rahal USA Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 221.748
27 51 Pietro Fittipaldi BRA Dale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing 221.602
28 24 Sage Karam USA Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 221.411
29 11 Charlie Kimball USA A.J. Foyt Enterprises 221.251
30 1 JR Hildebrand USA A.J. Foyt Enterprises 221.173
31 16 Simona De Silvestro SUI Paretta Autosport 220.911
32 29 James Hinchcliffe CAN Andretti Autosport 220.822
33 59 Max Chilton GBR Carlin 220.489
34 14 Sebastien Bourdais FRA A.J. Foyt Enterprises 219.876
35 75 RC Enerson USA Top Gun Racing 217.444
(R) = Rookie

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