Rossi Tops Final Indy 500 Pre-Qualifications Practice

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Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi topped the final Indianapolis 500 practice session before qualifications with a best lap speed of 231.249 miles per hour. He led a top 2 Andretti Autosport Honda-powered car sweep, with Ryan Hunter-Reay having the 2nd quickest speed of the day at 231.107 miles per hour. Beyond that, however, due to the fact that not many Honda-powered cars went out to practice, the next Honda-powered car was all the way down in 9th place, with Graham Rahal clocking in at 228.797 miles per hour. The fastest Chevrolet-powered car was Tony Kanaan, who was 3rd quickest with a lap speed of 230.360 miles per hour.

Just 21 cars went out for practice this session, and just 7 of them were Honda-powered cars, with 2 of those being in the top 2. This shows more great promise for the teams and drivers of the Honda-powered cars, who have struggled thus far this season, as they clearly feel comfortable enough with their setups that they felt that practice was not necessary for the majority of their cars in this short morning session, whereas the majority of Chevrolet-powered cars went out for practice. You can see full practice results at Indycar.com.

Race qualifications for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place from 2:15 PM ET to 7:00 PM ET today, and from 2:30 PM ET to 6:00 PM ET tomorrow, Sunday, May 22nd.

-Asher Fair