By: Spencer Neff
May 20, 2023
Practice 6 Results Combined Practice Results
Looking to make his 22nd and final career “500” start, Arrow McLaren’s Tony Kanaan led the morning practice session ahead of Qualifying Day 1 for the 107th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
The 2013 race winner and 2005 pole winner notched a best lap of 233.026 mph (38.6223) on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Teammate Alexander Rossi was .0203 of a second back, as the 2016 winner makes his first appearance at the “500” with his new team.
In all, 10 of the 34 cars vying to be in the 33-car field took to the track. As is often the case, the majority of the field opted to sit out the hour-long session, which was split into 30-minute sessions. Despite the limited number of cars on track, some focus was placed on cars that worked to solve mechanical gremlins from yesterday’s practice.
After thrashing overnight to prepare a new chassis, Juncos Hollinger Racing was able to have Callum Ilott and the No. 77 on track for the morning practice. Three Honda drivers (Dixon, Palou and Harvey) went to a new engine after various issues late in Friday’s practice. All three turned laps at full speed in preparation for qualifying. Palou boasted the best four-lap average of those participating (232.713).
At 11:00, four-lap qualification attempts will begin and last until 6:00 p.m. When Saturday’s attempts are finished, the Top 30 cars will be locked into the Field of 33. Positions 13-30 will not run again on Sunday.
The 12 fastest drivers will advance to Sunday’s “Fast 12 Shootout” and look to make the Top 6 who will run for the first two rows.
In between determining the first four rows, the 11th row will qualify and one driver will get bumped.
Streaming is available via Peacock.com (Live on NBC from 2:30-4:30) with Timing and Scoring (including IndyCar Radio) from race control.indycar.com, the INDYCAR app powered by NTT DATA and SiriusXM Channel 160.
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