It was Carburetion Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which meant a lot of activity, and a lot of people. The day really got started with the final practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series. The one-hour practice session was jam-packed, as all 33 drivers turned laps for the final time before the big race on Sunday. Will Power had the fastest lap of the day, at 229.020 mph. Pole sitter Scott Dixon was second fastest, with Tony Kanaan, Simon Pagenaud, and Takuma Sato rounding out the top five. They were the only drivers to break the 228 mph barrier on Friday. There were a total of 1,195 laps turned today, and most importantly, there were no incidents.
After practice concluded, it was the Freedom 100 race for the Indy Lights cars. Pole sitter Ethan Ringel led 30 of the 40 laps, but it was Jack Harvey who won the race, which ended under caution after series points leader Ed Jones hit the wall with just four laps remaining. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports was the big winner, sweeping the top four spots in the race. It was the eighth win at Indy for the team.
Following the Lights race, it was the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge, featuring 12 IndyCar teams and drivers. The final round came down to Penske and Ganassi. It was Helio Castroneves beating out Charlie Kimball to take the top spot. It’s the 15th Pit Stop Challenge win for Roger Penske, who also has 15 Indy 500 wins.
There were some notable livery changes today. James Davison carry the same teal/black colors he ran in last year’s race. James Jakes added some orange to his car, on the airbox, his mirrors, and the number 7 all around the car. The biggest change was obviously Justin Wilson, who now carries the colors for the Rolling Stones.
The last row in Sunday’s race now features Ryan Briscoe (31st), Tristan Vautier (32nd), and James Davison (33rd) after all driver changes have been completed. The finalized starting lineup for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 can be found here. The race will once again be televised on ABC, with coverage beginning at 11 AM ET. Locally here in Indianapolis, the race will air at 7 PM on Channel 6.
You can watch the highlights from Carb Day below, courtesy of IndyCar.