Will Power leads Monday Practice for Indianapolis 500

By: Spencer Neff
May 22, 2023

Practice 8 Results Combined Practice Results

Following a thrilling and emotional qualifying weekend, Monday saw a return to race preparations for the 107th Indianapolis 500 presented By Gainbridge.

Team Penske’s Will Power topped the leaderboard following the two-hour session. The 2018 “500” winner turned a best lap of 229.222 (39.2623) on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Power was the quickest of the 17 Chevrolets in Sunday’s 33-car field. Power starts his 16th Indianapolis 500 in 12th

Following Power on the speed chart would be Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon, who led a trio of CGR Hondas in second, .0065 of a second back of Power’s time. The 2008 winner starts sixth in his 22nd “500”. 2017 and 2020 winner Takuma Sato was third. He will start eighth in his 14th appearance.

Making his 22nd and. final start in this race, 2013 winner Tony Kanaan was fifth, best of Arrow McLaren’s four cars.

After his record-setting pole win on Sunday, points leader Alex Palou rounded out the 2-3-4 sweep. Their teammate and 2022 race winner Marcus Ericsson was 13th. A.J. Foyt Racing’s Benjamin Pedersen continued an impressive debut in eighth today.

The first crash of the month would strike just past halfway, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Katherine Legge collided with Dreyer and Reinbold Racing in the south chute. After the initial both cars slid to a stop near the entrance of Turn 2.

Legge climbed from her car unassisted and was released following a brief visit to the infield care center. Wilson needed to be helped from his car and was stretchered into the ambulance, which transported him to Methodist Hospital in downtown Indianapolis.

INDYCAR noted Wilson was doing well as he was sent to the hospital for advanced imaging and further evaluation, per Dr. Julia Vainer, Director of Medical Services for INDYCAR

As a result of extensive repairs needed to the SAFER Barrier and wall near the crash, practice was extended 10 minutes by Race Control. The remainder of the day was completed without a major incident.

Up Next

(from right to left) The first all-European front row of Spain’s Alex Palou, the Netherlands’ Rinus VeeKay and Sweden’s Felix Rosenqvist pose during the traditional Monday morning photos ((Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Weekend Schedule

Starting Grid

Friday will bring the last on-track session before the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, the two-hour “Carb Day” practice will run from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Eastern time. From 2:30-4, the annual Pit Stop Competition will be held.

Streaming is available via Peacock.com with Timing and Scoring (including IndyCar Radio) from race control.indycar.com, the INDYCAR app powered by NTT DATA and SiriusXM Channel 160. 

IndyCar1909 is on site at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and will have continued updates for each on-track session. Check out our social media channels for even more content. 

Header Image By Paul Hurley/INDYCAR


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