By: Spencer Neff
May 21, 2023
In search of his first career NTT P1 Award, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson turned the fastest lap in Sunday morning’s practice. The 2022 Indianapolis 500 presented By Gainbridge winner notched a best lap of 235.692 mph (38.1854) during the 45-minute session for the fastest 12 cars during yesterday’s practice.
The Swede led a 1-2-3 effort for CGR, with teammates Alex Palou, Takuma Sato slotting in second and third. Scott Dixon, in search of a record-tying sixth career pole at this race and record-setting third in a row, was sixth fastest. The A.J. Foyt Racing duo of Benjamin Pedersen and Santino Ferrucci were sandwiched between the CGR quartet.
Pedersen, the fastest rookie in the field and fastest since 1996 pole winner Tony. Stewart, posted a best no-tow lap of 235.026 (38.2936).
After leading the field during Day 1 of Qualifying, Arrow McLaren;s Felix Rosenqvist was 11th best, while teammate Tony Kanaan opted not to run.
While qualifying weekend began with issues for the Honda-powered entries, Chevrolet saw an issue for one of their eight cars in the Fast 12.
Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay had smoke billowing from the back of his No.21. ECR will be thrashing to get the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year out in time for Fast 12 Qualifying.
Of the four drivers competing for the spots on the 11th row, Christian Lundgaard was fastest (231.075-38.9484), with Rahal Letterman Lanigan teammate Graham Rahal second. Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing’s Sting Ray Robb was third, ahead of RLLR”s Jack Harvey. Robb is looking to be the fourth rookie in the field.
Positions 7-12 will be locked in first at 2:00 p.m. ET, with the Fast Six advancing to compete for the NTT P1 Award.
From 4-5, the fastest three drivers will complete the field and fill out the 11th row of 3. The slowest driver will not qualify for the race.
At 5:00, the fastest six from the early afternoon session will battle for the pole.
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