Indianapolis 500: Carb Day Notebook

By: Spencer Neff
May 28, 2021

With qualifying completed and the Field of 33 set, the one item left on the agenda was final practice on “Carb Day” at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.

The NTT IndyCar Series would get a two-hour session to dial in everything before Sunday’s race.

Here’s a look at how things went down.

Dixon leads Final Practice

Final Practice Results Combined Practice Results

After a delay that lasted more than two and a half hours for a practice that was called less than 10 minutes before the finish, Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi Racing were atop the leaderboard once again.

Dixon’s crew prepares for pit stop practice (Walt Kuhn/INDYCAR)

The series points leader turned in a best lap of 228.323 miles per hour (39.4178 seconds), besting Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud by .2023 of a second. Dixon was the only driver above 228 mph, while Pagenaud was the only other one above 227.

Pagenaud’s teammate Josef Newgarden ended the session third, with Ed Carpenter Racing’s Conor Daly and Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco Andretti and Curb-Agajanian’s Marco Andretti rounding out the Top Five.

Despite pit road penalties, including one from a fuel spill in Alexander Rossi’s pit, the session was completed without an on-track incident.

Up Next

With on-track preparations completed, the focus now turns to the lone task at hand.

The 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is set for a green flag time of 12:45 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, May 30.

Stay with for all the latest regarding the Indianapolis 500 and check out our social media accounts for photos and videos from IMS this weekend.

Header Image By Doug MathewsINDYCAR


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