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103rd Running of the Indy 500 official results

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ALEXANDER ROSSI 2ND PLACE POSTRACE PRESS CONFERENCE

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64,788 Alexander Rossi 2019 Indy 500 2nd Place Long pits hurt him Gas not going into gas tank is a costly issue 5 26 2019

64,793 Alexander Rossi 2019 Indy 500 2nd place On Oriol Servia being a lap down blocking him into the wall at 230 mph and no penalty 5 26 2019

TAKUMA SATO 3RD PLACE POSTRACE PRESS CONFERENCE

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64,796 Takuma Sato 2019 Indy 500 3rd Place His Crew got him back into the race He started 14th 5 26 2019

64,798 Takuma Sato 2019 Indy 500 3rd place How surprised was he to be running 3rd the last 10 laps and a chance to win 5 26 2019

SANTINO FERRUCCI TOP ROOKIE FINISHER PRESS CONFERENCE

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64,802 Santino Ferrucci 2019 Indy 500 Top Rookie Finisher 5 26 2019 (4:22)

103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge results

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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Results Sunday of the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge NTT IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 200, Running

2. (9) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 200, Running

3. (14) Takuma Sato, Honda, 200, Running

4. (8) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 200, Running

5. (6) Will Power, Chevrolet, 200, Running

6. (2) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 200, Running

7. (23) Santino Ferrucci, Honda, 200, Running

8. (22) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 200, Running

9. (16) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 200, Running

10. (11) Conor Daly, Honda, 200, Running

11. (32) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 200, Running

12. (15) James Davison, Honda, 200, Running

13. (4) Ed Jones, Chevrolet, 200, Running

14. (3) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 200, Running

15. (24) Matheus Leist, Chevrolet, 200, Running

16. (30) Pippa Mann, Chevrolet, 200, Running

17. (18) Scott Dixon, Honda, 200, Running

18. (12) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 199, Running

19. (31) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 199, Running

20. (21) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 199, Running

21. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 199, Running

22. (19) Oriol Servia, Honda, 199, Running

23. (13) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 198, Running

24. (26) Jordan King, Honda, 198, Running

25. (20) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 196, Running

26. (10) Marco Andretti, Honda, 195, Running

27. (17) Graham Rahal, Honda, 176, Contact

28. (29) Felix Rosenqvist, Honda, 176, Contact

29. (28) Zach Veach, Honda, 176, Contact

30. (7) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 176, Contact

31. (33) Kyle Kaiser, Chevrolet, 71, Contact

32. (27) Ben Hanley, Chevrolet, 54, Mechanical

33. (5) Colton Herta, Honda, 3, Mechanical

Race Statistics

Winner’s average speed: 175.794 mph

Time of Race: 2:50:39.2797

Margin of victory: 0.2086 of a second

Cautions: 4 for 29 laps

Lead changes: 29 among 10 drivers

Lap Leaders:

Pagenaud, Simon 1-31

Power, Will 32-34

Carpenter, Ed 35

Sato, Takuma 36-37

Rosenqvist, Felix 38-41

Pagenaud, Simon 42-63

Carpenter, Ed 64-66

Power, Will 67

Rossi, Alexander 68-69

Dixon, Scott 70-72

Pagenaud, Simon 73-98

Carpenter, Ed 99-100

Newgarden, Josef 101

Rossi, Alexander 102-105

Dixon, Scott 106-110

Rosenqvist, Felix 111-112

Pagenaud, Simon 113-128

Rossi, Alexander 129-137

Dixon, Scott 138-142

Pagenaud, Simon 143-150

Newgarden, Josef 151-170

Carpenter, Ed 171

Ferrucci, Santino 172

Power, Will 173-175

Sato, Takuma 176

Pigot, Spencer 177-180

Rossi, Alexander 181-186

Pagenaud, Simon 187-197

Rossi, Alexander 198

Pagenaud, Simon 199-200

NTT IndyCar Series point standings:

Pagenaud 250, Newgarden 249, Rossi 228, Dixon 203, Sato 203, Power 184, Hunter-Reay 157, Hinchcliffe 145, Pigot 133, Ferrucci 129.

 

Pagenaud passes Rossi to win 103rd Running of Indy 500

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SIMON PAGENAUD POSTRACE PRESS CONFERENCE

64,770 Simon Pagenaud 2019 Indy 500 winner On being a part of history forever as the winner 5 26 2019

64,771 Simon Pagenaud 2019 Indy 500 winner His strategy was attack all day long and he finally won 5 26 2019

64,780 Simon Pagenaud 2019 Indy 500 winner Winning for owner Roger Penske and co owner John Menard of Menards Stores who has waited 40 years for Indy win 5 26 2019

64,782 Simon Pagenaud 2019 Indy 500 winner Last 5 Indy winners are 5 different continents is it easy to switch from Formula One to IndyCar and oval racing 5 26 2019

64,785 Simon Pagenaud 2019 Indy 500 winner His resiliency in his career 10 years ago he took a loan to finance racing career 5 26 2019

 

Simon Pagenaud says his win will be the talk of his native France (megasportsnews.com photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, May 26, 2019) – Simon Pagenaud completed his May mission with the biggest win of his racing life, capturing the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in a duel for the ages and extending Team Penske’s dominance in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

Pagenaud edged Alexander Rossi by 0.2086 of a second following a thrilling clash over the final 14 laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that had the crowd at the world’s largest single-day sporting event on its feet and screaming with excitement. It was the seventh-closest finish in Indianapolis 500 history.

“It’s amazing. It’s another dream come true, and the biggest dream of my life come true,” said Pagenaud, the 35-year-old native of Montmorillon, France. “It’s hard to fathom, really. It’s really hard to process it right now, but I’m just filled with a lot of joy.”

INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRESENTED BY GAINBRIDGE: Official results

Pagenaud and Rossi swapped the lead five times in the closing laps, the last when Pagenaud roared his yellow No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet outside of and past Rossi’s No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda heading into Turn 3 on the 199th of 200 laps around the famous 2.5-mile oval.

From there, Pagenaud wasn’t to be denied in collecting his first Indy 500 triumph and 13th career NTT IndyCar Series victory. On the heels of his win May 11 in the INDYCAR Grand Prix on the IMS road course, Pagenaud became the first driver to win more than one NTT IndyCar Series race this season and second Team Penske pilot to win both IMS races in the same year – following Will Power in 2018.

“I drove really spirited today, but it’s just incredible,” Pagenaud said. “I can’t take all the credit because I think it showed I had the best car out there.

“The car was just on rails; the yellows came out perfectly. The stars are aligned. … It’s pretty amazing.”

Pagenaud, the 2016 NTT IndyCar Series champion, also pushed to 18 the number of Indianapolis 500 wins for team owner Roger Penske. It’s a total 13 more than the next nearest owner.

Pagenaud becomes the fifth driver born in France to win the Indianapolis 500 and first since former Team Penske driver Gil de Ferran in 2003.

“Simon wasn’t going to be beat today,” Penske said. “He raced clean, and that’s what I have to say about Rossi also. The two of them for the laps that they ran side by side was as good of racing as you’ve ever seen here.”

With double race points available Sunday, Pagenaud also vaulted into the series championship lead by a single point over teammate Josef Newgarden.

Rossi, the 2016 Indy 500 winner as a rookie, overcame two lengthy pit stops for refueling issues, charging back from mid-pack to contend for the win. The Andretti Autosport driver was in first place on the final race restart on Lap 187, following an incident involving six cars that included an 18-minute red-flag stoppage, but Pagenaud bolted ahead by the time they’d reached the iconic yard of bricks at the start/finish line to complete the lap.

The duo exchanged the lead twice on Lap 189 before Rossi swept back in front on Lap 198 heading into Turn 1. On the ensuing lap, Pagenaud made a similar outside pass, this time going into Turn 3, to take the lead for good. Rossi attempted several overtakes over the last one-plus laps but was thwarted each time. Still, his second-place finish marked the Californian’s fourth top-seven Indy 500 result in as many tries.

“We were flat in that final lap coming to the flag – we just didn’t have enough,” Rossi said. “You can’t take anything away from the (No.) 22 guys. They were on pole, they led a lot of laps, did a good job and had a fast race car.

“I think the NAPA car was superior if you look at what we were able to do in traffic. I don’t think anyone else was doing that. It’s really disappointing. I thought there was a period of time there where we were going to get the win.”

Takuma Sato, the 2017 Indy 500 winner, recovered from pit-stop issues of his own, going down a lap early before recovering to finish third in the No. 30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. It was just his second top-10 finish in his 10th Indianapolis 500.

“My race, (at) one stage it looked really tough,” Sato said. “We got some little issues after the first pit stop, so we had to come back.

“I think it’s still great result to the team, especially considering we were a lap down in 31st. I think it was great.”

Newgarden placed fourth in the No. 2 Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Team Penske Chevrolet, his fifth top-four finish in six races this season. Power finished fifth in his effort to become the first back-to-back Indianapolis 500 winner since Helio Castroneves in 2001-02.

Santino Ferrucci was the highest-finishing rookie, taking seventh place in the No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda for Dale Coyne Racing.

The race featured 29 lead changes among 10 drivers. Pagenaud led 116 laps – the most in the race since Dario Franchitti led 155 laps in his 2010 win – in becoming the first Indy 500 pole sitter to go on and win since Castroneves in 2009.

There were five caution periods for 29 laps, including the Lap 178 incident involving Sebastien Bourdais, Graham Rahal, Scott Dixon, Felix Rosenqvist, Charlie Kimball and Zach Veach. It began when the cars of Bourdais and Rahal made contact in Turn 3, with the others collected in the aftermath. All the drivers were checked and released from the IU Health Emergency Medical Center at the track, though Veach will undergo further examination for soreness in his right knee. The race was red-flagged for 18 minutes to allow the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team and track workers to clean the debris.

Crewman Chris Minot was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital for further evaluation of a leg injury after he was struck in a pit-lane incident involving his driver, Jordan King, in the No. 42 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda.

The NTT IndyCar Series returns to action May 31-June 2 with the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, the only doubleheader weekend on the 2019 schedule. The races airs live on NBC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network at 3 p.m. ET both Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2.

 

Revisiting: Tony Kanaan leads final Indy 500 practice

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Tony Kanaan (courtesy IndyCar)

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 24, 2019) – The final practice for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge gave the 33 drivers and teams a last chance to dial in their cars for race. Afterward, some felt better prepared for Sunday’s “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” while others aren’t so sure.

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Tony Kanaan, the 22-year Indy car veteran and 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner, posted the fastest lap of the Miller Lite Carb Day session Friday at 225.517 mph in the No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet. While admitting the lap came with the aid of a tow from cars in front of him, Kanaan was pleased with the steps forward his car has taken since Monday’s practice.

“A good day for us,” Kanaan said. “Obviously, conditions look like pretty similar to what we’re going to see on Sunday, hopefully. It was a pretty easy day for us.

“I wasn’t really happy with my car on Monday and I was extremely vocal about it, and I think my engineers heard me, so we made it better today.”

Kanaan will make his 18th Indy 500 start on Sunday, this time from the inside of Row 6. He focused on tweaking his car to run strong in traffic on Friday since he knows he’ll be in the thick of it during the race.

“I was really working on my car, the level of downforce and grip that I wanted to have starting 16th,” Kanaan explained. “So, really, we worked in traffic a lot and trying to find the grip and scan to some of the items that we had on the list to be able to – once we put ourselves in the front during the race – to know what to do.”

Rookie Santino Ferrucci was second fastest in the practice, turning a lap of 225.486 mph in the No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda for Dale Coyne Racing. Takuma Sato, the 2017 Indy 500 champion, was third in the No. 30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

“We were having fun,” Ferrucci said. “The No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda is in really good shape. We could pass about everybody and we’re quick, so there isn’t much else to say really. We’re looking forward to the race.”

Pole sitter Simon Pagenaud ranked 22nd on the speed chart Friday at 222.856 mph in the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet. Teammate Will Power, the reigning race winner, was 10th at 224.240 mph in the No. 12 Verizon 5G Team Penske Chevrolet.

Points leader Josef Newgarden was 13th fastest in the No. 2 Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Team Penske Chevrolet. He holds a six-point lead heading into the race over reigning NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, who wasn’t pleased with how his No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda handled on Friday.

“I don’t know what happened there with the PNC Bank car, honestly,” said Dixon, who was 19th on the speed chart and starts the race 18th. “I hope we find something wrong with the car because it wasn’t great. It’s really bizarre, and nothing like we had all month, so we are unsure.

“There is a fundamental issue on the car and we’ll work to find out what happened there.”

A total of 1,755 laps were completed on the 2.5-mile oval in the practice scheduled for 90 minutes shortened 18 minutes to allow the track to dry following morning rain.

The 33 entries are now parked in their Gasoline Alley garages until Sunday’s 200-lap race. Live coverage begins at 11 a.m. ET on NBC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network. The green flag is expected at 12:45 p.m.

Askew edges teammate at finish to win Freedom 100

Oliver Askew charged past Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Norman to win the Freedom 100 presented by Cooper Tires by the fourth-narrowest margin in race history on Friday. Askew crossed the finish line 0.0067 of a second ahead of his teammate to claim first place in the centerpiece race of the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires season.

Norman led 29 of 40 laps on the IMS oval and was ahead exiting Turn 4 on the final lap. But Askew got a run and slid inside to pull out what he called the “biggest race I’ve ever won in my life.”

The triumph allowed Askew to stretch his championship lead to 21 points over Rinus VeeKay (Juncos Racing), who finished third.

Ericsson crew wins MotoGator Pit Stop Competition

The No. 7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda crew of rookie driver Marcus Ericsson won Friday’s MotoGator Pit Stop Competition that capped Miller Lite Carb Day activities at IMS.

In the final round, Ericsson’s crew – Bob Jansen (chief mechanic and inside right front tire changer), Ryan Marzec (outside rear tire), Keith Beck (airjack), Brendon Cleave (outside front tire), Timothy Lane (fueler) and Nic Kaminski (inside rear tire) – defeated the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing crew of Scott Dixon in a best-of-three shootout. Ericsson won the decisive third heat in 11.794 seconds, the best time clocked by any crew in the entire competition.

In the contest, cars in each round were lined up alongside each other. The driver had to speed the car into the pit stop zone for his crew performed a four-tire change, before pulling away to the finish line. Ericsson defeated a pair of Team Penske drivers, Josef Newgarden and Will Power, on his way to meeting Dixon in the championship round.

It provided a measure of revenge for Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, which had finished second in the competition for the past three years.

 

Revisiting: Quotes from final Indy 500 Practice

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‘What They’re Saying’ from Indianapolis 500

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Team Penske Chevrolet): “The final practice went OK. I think the car is in the window. We just need to make sure that we get it right on race day. It’s nice to get some laps. We did some pit stops. The guys looked really good. It’s time for the race.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet): “We collected a lot of data and understood some bad things and we learned some good things in case we need to use the data during the race. It was a little tough in traffic. I’d be running 230 miles an hour and come up behind someone doing 190. It’s a little unrealistic, to be honest I do believe that we learned some things that will be useful during the race.”

MATHEUS LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “Things didn’t quite go the way we wanted it to in the No. 4 car, but the team will debrief with car No. 14 engineers to see where they’re at and what they think because they seem to be fast. We had some good cars before this practice, so it’s just a matter of putting it all together and figure out what’s going to be the best car for the race.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “You know it’s funny, I think we were a little more confident with our start setup than it ending up being. But I’m very thankful that we ended up having an extra 30 minutes this year in Carb Day, because we made a lot of changes to the Arrow car, but all of them were positive. So, I think where we ended was the best balance that we’ve had all day and certainly much more race-able car. The conditions were a lot trickier than Monday; it’s a lot hotter, the wind is a bit different. I think a lot of guys are struggling. We chipped away at it, and I’m really proud of the progress we made.”

MARCUS ERICSSON (No. 7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “It was another good session. I think the Arrow car was quite different on Monday. The conditions obviously changed with all the rain we’ve had and it became very hot. So I feel we have a bit to work on to get the right feeling there in traffic, but it’s still part of that learning curve. Now we have another day to sort of think about it and how to set it up for Sunday. We have a good baseline to work from, but I wasn’t 110 percent happy today but that’s how it goes sometimes. Like I said, we still have a good base to work from, we just have to tweak it a bit for Sunday.”

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “I don’t know what happened there with the PNC Bank car honestly. I hope we find something wrong with the car because it wasn’t great. It’s really bizarre, and nothing like we had all month, so we are unsure. We are perplexed as to why this is, there are a lot of new parts on the car – including the gear box, bell housings, uprights, etc. So hopefully we find something that is a little off. We were just trying to get through some last-minute items, but ultimately it was not great anyway, so we are trying to figure out why. There is a fundamental issue on the car and we’ll work to find out what happened there.”

FELIX ROSENQVIST (No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “It was a bit of different conditions today. Hopefully it will be like this on race day, so we have an idea of what it is going to be like. It felt a bit different in the NTT DATA car today – we had some things to change to make it feel right. The car felt better than it did last time, so it’s getting better and better. We’re going to keep working out there and we should be good.”

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon 5G Team Penske Chevrolet): “It’s very, very difficult to make the car work in traffic. We’ll go back and talk about it and see what kind of changes we need to make.” (About if he is frustrated): “Yeah, we’re not good enough at the moment. I don’t really see anyone good out there. I haven’t seen anyone that looks spectacular. But based off last year, the car’s definitely not as nice.”

TONY KANAAN (No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “A good day for us. Obviously, conditions look like pretty similar to what we’re going to see on Sunday hopefully, so you know, it was a pretty easy day for us. I wasn’t really happy with my car on Monday, and I was extremely vocal about it, and I think my engineers heard me, so we made it better today. I was really working on my car, the level of downforce and grip that I wanted to have starting 16th. So really we worked in traffic a lot and are trying to find the grip, and scan to some of the items that we had on the list to be able to — once we put ourselves in the front during the race — know what to do. It’s the most competitive field I’ve ever seen in my 18 years here. Qualifying was extremely hard, and it’s really tight. So yeah, I think it’s going to be a difficult race. I do strongly believe that everybody, every single guy starting this race, and girl, they think they can win this race, which is true.”

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 United Rentals Honda): “The United Rentals Honda was good there at the end, and I’m a cautiously optimistic person, so if I tell you it’s good, it’s good. I was able to pass a lot of guys, I was up there with the Penske boys at the end. If it stays like that and we get ourselves into a good position, then I think we have a good chance at this thing. There are some things we have to overcome but it felt good; it felt really good, so we’ll see.” (About brush with the wall): “The car was OK and then all of a sudden it just took off with understeer and brushed the wall. I had it one other time and I was actually leading a pack at that point and the front just gave up. With the wind like this, it gets a little bit gusty. I was behind two or three cars and if you get a crosswind and hit the wake, it’s going to go. I had one close call but the rest of the time the United Rentals car was really good.”

SANTINO FERRUCCI (No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda): “We were having fun. The No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda is in really good shape. We could pass about everybody and we’re quick, so there isn’t much else to say really. We’re looking forward to the race.”

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet): “The biggest thing we wanted for today was to get out in more race-like conditions. I feel good about the data we got and the changes we made in order to see improvements on the car. It definitely looked like a hard session for everyone, which is a good thing in my eyes. The temperature was a big factor in making today’s session hard. We could always use more practice, but I think we have had a really great week and a half of preparation. I’m really happy with the day we had and I’m ready to line us all up and get the race going.”

SPENCER PIGOT (No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet): “It was a pretty good session today. It was difficult out there with today’s conditions, but it was more representative of what race day is going to look like. We’ve learned a lot over the past few weeks. We will go through everything one more time and make our best decisions for the race.”

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “Had a great time in the Menards Chevy. It’s good to get a reading on the car in these temps because it’s a bit complicated as far as all of the different factors the engineers consider. We aren’t going to leave any stones unturned and we’ll be ready on Sunday.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 23 Fiasp Carlin Chevrolet): “I feel really good going into the weekend and I’m really happy with where we finished in this final practice. We’ve had a really solid month so far. The No. 23 crew with Carlin has done an excellent job every time we’ve hit the track for practice, qualifying, and now today for Carb Day. I’m looking forward to hopefully being able to pay them back on race day with a good result after all of their hard work. We worked through some stuff today and just verified a few things we needed to get worked out. A couple of things we thought were going to work did and then a few things we thought might not work, didn’t, but I’ve got to say that it’s nice when everything makes sense.”

SAGE KARAM (No. 24 DRR WIX Filters Chevrolet): “We were passing cars today with the hotter conditions. So that is very good. The conditions were nearly perfect on Monday at the low 60s. Now, we are 20 degrees warmer and the heat definitely affects the cars. Everyone lost an overall level of grip and the cars slide a bit more. I never saw anyone drive around me. So I like that aspect. We had a slight vibration that we’ll work on now. We are not sure where that comes from right now. Hey, every year I have to come from behind at Indy and I think we can do it again on Sunday. It won’t be easy to pass in the hotter conditions. We have a great pit crew who always makes up spots in the pits. I think that can play a big factor Sunday. We are in the first pit box off of Turn 4 and that can help get me in the pits quickly. We want to get to that checkered flag this year.”

CONOR DALY (No. 25 United States Air Force Honda): “It was good we got to run today in the heat – that’s more representative of race time. I still think the car balance is pretty solid. I’d like to find just a few small pieces for the race, but in the end happy that we haven’t dropped off a cliff or anything. The U.S. Air Force is still pretty good in the long run, so hopefully we are good for the race.”

ZACH VEACH (No. 26 Gainbridge Honda): “I think, as a team, there’s a lot left unanswered that we are trying to figure out. We have a lot of variables going on – weather being one of those, whether it’s going to be raining or going it’s going to be hot. We’ve had a lot of time to try each corner of the box to know what we have for each condition. But I think that Sunday is going to be a bit of a roll of the dice to see what happens.”

ALEXANDER ROSSI (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda): “As we expected, the track temp is different than it has been all month in terms of group running. We tried a couple different things to bring the car into the window and I think we found something, so hopefully we can put it all together for Sunday.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda): “The conditions were trickier today. It’s good that we had the chance to run in hotter temperatures. It’s more indicative of what we can expect on race day. We made some changes to approve the car and we’ll need to make a few more. But we’ll prepare for the race with the team and put our best foot forward on Sunday.”

TAKUMA SATO (No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Honda): “I think we have a strong package, not the strongest package we’ve had, but I think we made good progress. We will have a look at data and compare the three cars to see if there’s anything we can squeeze out of the speed and stability for Sunday. I think the Indy 500 is tough year by year, month by month, hour by hour, it’s a different scenario. One thing you know is that you’ve been there, and you know how to get the job done and what to look for. I think the guys did a great job. I’m leading the engineering data toward what I want to and I think we’re getting really close to that.”

KYLE KAISER (No. 32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet): “Overall today’s practice session was challenging to say the least. I think the weather conditions definitely made it really tough to run behind other cars. I think we’re trying to find the balance a little, but I think we’ll be able to make up for it. I think it was good that we collected that data today to get a good car for race day come Sunday. We’ll see how the weather compares (to today), but overall really happy with this team continuing to work hard and put together a good package for us. Having 250oK, NFP, GMR, and Hagerty as sponsors on the car is amazing.”

JAMES DAVISON (No. 33 Dale Coyne with Byrd and Belardi Honda): “Where we ended up on the speed chart doesn’t exactly represent what kind of session we had. Out of nowhere the car was very loose in race trim. It’s not like the conditions changed drastically. We pitted six or seven times trying to improve the No. 33 Dale Coyne with Byrd and Belardi car. The team made all the right, appropriate changes. Anything we did to the car it never got better. Hopefully, that ‘boogeyman’ or whatever else we want to call what was there, runs away and we don’t run into that on race day. But I have confidence in the team that we’ll cure our problem.”

JORDAN KING (No. 42 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda): “Obviously we’re high up on the time screen.  That’s a decent tow lap and it’s difficult to say with the track conditions, but I think we’ve got a good balance in the car just lacking in traffic. I think we’ll go back and work on a bit more of our traffic pace, but overall I’m reasonably happy. I think if we can just sort a couple things out we’ll be good. I’ll let you know if I’m comfortable about 50 laps into the race.”

JR HILDEBRAND (No. 48 DRR Salesforce Chevrolet): “We made a couple of changes towards the end of the session that really helped the car. We need to make a change in our gearing strategy a little. We talked about it ahead of time and today’s runs just confirmed what we were thinking for the race. How fast the cars go through the air is always big deal here. The aero package has changed a bit from last year. We did a lot of race setup running earlier last week that gave a us a good platform for race trim. It was warmer today and I feel that as the conditions get warmer that plays into when we have been better. We want to get into the playing window that works well with this car. Overall, the DRR guys always have concentrated on the race setup. I could tell that when I was at ECR (Ed Carpenter Racing) and racing against (now teammate) Sage (Karam).”

JACK HARVEY (No. 60 AutoNation/Sirius XM Honda): “We keep learning more about the car all the time, but we still have more work to do before Sunday. We ticked some things off our list in the short practice session. I never really know how optimistic to feel about IMS, but now I feel OK. A little more massaging on the car is what we need to do to have something good on race day. Now it’s all about focusing on the race and the most exciting part of race weekend is I get to be a part of the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.”

ED JONES (No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet): “It was a tough session. After the rain, the track conditions were a little different. Depending on the conditions on Sunday we will decide what to do next. We still did a good number of laps and good pit stops which is good practice for race day. Hopefully today was tougher than how it is going to feel on race day.”

COLTON HERTA (No. 88 GESS Capstone Honda): “Carb Day was really hot today and very humid which seemed to cause everyone’s car to move around more while we were on track. I don’t know how easy it’ll be to pass on during the race, but we have a fast and really good car where we can capitalize on people’s mistakes and take the No. 88 GESS Capstone Honda to the front on Sunday.”

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda): “We didn’t find exactly what we wanted in today’s practice. We need to make the right moves tonight so we have a car to push to the front on Sunday. It’s a long race and it’s only the last lap that matters, so our plan is to drive clean and move forward and be leading that final lap.”

 

Revisiting: Quotes from Day 5 Practice for Indy 500

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‘What They’re Saying’ from Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 5

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Team Penske Chevrolet, 2019 NTT IndyCar Series points leader): “It was a pretty clean day. We experimented with the last couple of changes for the week, trying to get an idea for Carb Day. Carb Day will be more representative of how the race is going to play out, as it was a little cold today. So today, it was just feeling out the car, doing some stops and understanding what we need to do for the race. On Carb Day, we will get a better balance for the car and better understand the changes. I’m excited.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet): “Great day. Obviously, the weather is very helpful with it being cool.  Everyone feels great after that. The good news is that the car is really consistent and similar to what we had before when it was really hot. The car was pretty much the same. We feel like for Carb Day, we might try a little bit more, but I’m ready to go.”

MATHEUS LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “Decent practice here at the track. I think since the beginning of the practice I was feeling very comfortable with the car – I think the most I’ve felt since we came here this year and the car was very decent and the balance was where we wanted it to be. But then towards the end, maybe the conditions changed a little bit, maybe we didn’t do the right changes and I just felt like we missed a little bit setup-wise. The good thing is that we had a good car in the beginning of the practice so we can always go back to that and then move forward. I’m looking forward to Carb Day now. I think we still need to improve a little bit to be in the mix, but I’m feeling confident and excited.”

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, 2018 NTT IndyCar Series champion): “The PNC Bank car feels pretty good. We were just trying the last few things we have left to try, but it was pretty comfortable. The car was really good. Some of the things we changed we didn’t really like, but overall the car feels really good.”

FELIX ROSENQVIST (No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “I started off pretty slowly, honestly. I just felt that I was not up to speed. Still, after the crash we had earlier, it is hard to progress through the traffic. Then, in the end it got much better – it was not too bad. I was able to overtake some guys and feel comfortable. I think we have a really good race car with the NTT DATA Honda.”

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon 5G Team Penske Chevrolet, 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner): “We got three full-tank runs in today. We need to work on the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet because I don’t think we are as good as we can be. I was struggling in traffic ,for sure. But we’ve got some time to think it over and decide on some changes, and Carb Day will give us a better indication because the weather will be more realistic to race day.”

TONY KANAAN (No. 14 ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “We just tried to figure out what we need for the race. Obviously, it was a really cool day today. We tried to learn a couple of things, but we’ll see what’s going to happen. It’s going to be a lot hotter on Carb Day and race day, so I think Carb Day is going to be more representative, but pretty good day so far. We learned a lot so I’m happy.”

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 United Rentals Honda): “We’re not there right now but we’re going to work hard to get there. It seems like we’ve got a lack of pace and the car balance isn’t great in traffic. It’s a little bit inconsistent lap to lap and it’s creating some challenges, for sure. I’m a little bit baffled right now. The conditions are not ideal; they aren’t like anything we’re actually going to have on race day. It makes it tough to understand what we can take from today into the end of the week for Carb Day and into Sunday. Most likely very little of it is going to translate, but you still have to be strong on any given day.”

SANTINO FERRUCCI (No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda): “Practice today was really good. The first time we went out, we were a little loose with a little understeer but we made some changes and went back out and the car felt good. We were able to work our way through the pack that was on track. I can’t complain. I know the conditions will be different come race day, but we have one more final practice to look forward to. I can’t wait.”

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet): “It was a pretty efficient session. We got a lot of laps in. We had a long list of things we wanted to do to validate the car that we had tested earlier in the week. We worked through a few really good changes and we feel really good about the car. Today was a session where the timesheets don’t matter very much because it’s more about what you can do in traffic and how comfortable you are on the track. You need something that you can race with for 500 miles. I’m feeling good and looking forward to Carb Day.”

SPENCER PIGOT (No. 21 Ed Carpenter Chevrolet): “It was good to get back to race running today and start to work towards next weekend.  We tried a few things today and hopefully we put it all together to make a really good race car.”

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet, 2019 Indianapolis 500 pole sitter): “Yeah, that was a good day. We were just going through race prep today. There were a lot of items to cover. We are getting closer and closer to being ready for the race.  I feel like we are ahead of the program, like we have been. The Menards Chevrolet is starting from the pole and I think that it’s the fastest one out there. We feel really good in traffic. Just need to find a little more front grip and I think we will be in awesome shape.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 23 Fiasp Carlin Chevrolet): “Overall, it was a solid day of checking off some of the boxes we needed to get through, like working in traffic, on our own, making sure we were ready to go tire-wise, and really just making sure we had a solid foundation to work from. We were able to get the Carlin Novo Nordisk crew some pit stop practice during the session and the guys did a great job. We have a couple of issues we need to work through in the week before Carb Day, but we have an hour and a half to get through what we need to on Carb Day to make sure we’re ready to go for the race.”

SAGE KARAM (No. 24 DRR WIX Filters Chevrolet): “We got our first taste of race-trim running today. And I have been in qualifying mode with no cars around me. I kind of forgot the race conditions with cars all around. Today, the No. 24 WIX Filters Chevrolet went out and we made some initial runs to make sure the car was balanced. The car felt really good today.  We made some small adjustments that helped, too. That is one thing about the DRR crew, they know their race settings. I think we have proven that in the last few 500s when we have come from the back to the front of the field. So, I feel very confident about my race car heading into Carb Day and the race on Sunday. Obviously, the conditions are cooler today, but we can adjust for the warmer weather, too, now. So, I’m looking forward to it. I’m excited now.”

CONOR DALY (No. 25 United States Air Force Honda): “It was really good, honestly. I feel really good in traffic. The car is solid. Obviously, these conditions are probably not going to be what it’s like on race day, so we have to be a little careful with how we look at it, but I’m super happy with the car – we just have to keep fine-tuning it. It felt really, really good fighting with some of the top guys out there up front.”

ZACH VEACH (No. 26 Gainbridge Honda): “It was a pretty good day, just one step closer to race day. Spent a lot of time spending on race balance which I think is pretty good. We’ve got a little work to do on Friday but really happy with how it’s progressing.”

ALEXANDER ROSSI (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda): “I think the car was really good today. We’ve had a good car all week, but because of extenuating circumstances we didn’t get the results out of the car that we could have. Luckily, that’s all irrelevant now and behind us because I think we are going to have a really good race day.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda): “We got the car’s balance in a pretty good spot. I’m pretty happy out there in traffic. Unfortunately, we still have this speed problem that we’ve had all week. We will need to put the work in on Carb Day to get this No. 28 DHL Honda where it needs to be for race day conditions.”

TAKUMA SATO (No. 30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda): “I think it was a productive day.  We learned so much running in the pack today. I was able to follow the cars due to the conditions being a lot cooler today. There are still a few things we need to get done before Carb Day and I think we gathered quite good data today. I feel the conditions were pretty similar to the first three days of practice. But I don’t expect it to be this cold for next weekend and, if it is, I think everyone will be racing in a pack. I think the higher temperature will separate the field and I think we’ll be on the positive end of that. I feel there is good potential but we need to work a little harder.”

KYLE KAISER (No. 32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet): “(Sunday) was definitely the most exciting day of my life. I never, ever thought I’d be that excited to be last, ever! I think that’s the crazy thing about this race; there’s no other race in the world you’d be that excited to be (in that position). It just shows how hard it is to get into this race. It’s probably the most competitive year ever, in my opinion. I can’t remember when it was that hard to qualify and there were that many people trying to get in. Unbelievable job by the team. Getting in showed all the work this team put in over the past few days.”

JAMES DAVISON (No. 33 Dale Coyne Racing with Byrd and Belardi Honda): “We had a solid day, I would say. We were competitive, but still need to find some more on the handling side to be able to not just hold position but move forward and make some more passes within the pack. We also lost about 40 percent of the track time with a fuel issue. Which those things happen, and, honestly, better it happen today than Carb Day or race day. Overall, it was a good day, and I’m feeling confident for race day.”

PIPPA MANN (No. 39 Driven2SaveLives Racing): “Overall, I’m pretty happy with our Monday practice session. The Clauson-Marshall Racing Driven2SaveLives Chevy felt good in traffic, and we were able to get some pit stop practice done, too. The weather conditions will be very different on Friday and on race day, but this feels like a good base to work from.”

JORDAN KING (No. 42 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda): “We had a bit of a cough and a splutter at the start of the session with a few issues, but once we got going I had reasons to be happy with the car. On our own and in traffic, we were pretty good. I closed up to the cars in front and managed to get past a couple. I think it’s really tricky in a long train to get past just because it checks up a lot and everyone got the tow down the next straight. Maybe there’s something we can try and work on Friday in a multiple car tow. Overall, I’m much happier today in traffic actually overtaking people and making some progress. It was a solid end to the session, but obviously we need to sort out what happened at the beginning of the session.”

JR HILDEBRAND (No. 48 DRR Salesforce Chevrolet): “At the end of the day, the Salesforce boys have done an awesome job with the No. 48 car. Realistically, the conditions are so much different now. It is hard to base too much on today’s runs because it is much cooler than what we will have on race day. But we can work with what we had last week with the car in race trim. And we can anticipate what we can work on for Friday (Carb Day) and Sunday. So we got some of the information out of the way today and we can tidy some things up, too. We got all of the race pieces on the car now after qualifying trim. We know we can find a little bit more, too, for the race day setup. Man, it feels slow out there today after being in qualifying mode for a couple of days. We have been concentrated on our race car for most of the month now. That is the main focus right now. I really like the qualifying mode personally, but we also understand that the race is why we are here. It is what is critical to me and the team. The more we can rub on those fine little details is a key for us now. That is what’s going to matter on Sunday.”

JACK HARVEY (No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda): “I thought that was a pretty good session for us doing some traffic running. The week goes by so fast here you don’t always get as many chances as you’d like to do traffic running. Honestly, I was pretty happy with where we finished. If we take that car into the race, then I think we should have a very good day on Sunday. We will try to get this No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM car to the front. Everything that is ahead of us is just going to be good fun – I’m excited.”

ED JONES (No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet): “It was good to have today’s practice session to work through a long list of ideas and changes. We were not able get our race car quite how we want it yet, but the positive news is we know where we need to make adjustments. We’ll improve the car over the next few days and will be ready to go again for Carb Day practice on Friday.”

COLTON HERTA (No. 88 GESS Capstone Honda): “Another great day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the No. 88 GESS Capstone Honda. The car felt pretty good on track and we learned a lot as we made some great setup changes and not-so-great ones. We’ll probably go for some more changes on Friday before it’s time for the big show.”

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda): “Today’s practice felt pretty good. I think we have just a couple changes to make for the race. The U.S. Concrete guys will work on making those changes for our final practice, and hopefully we leave the track Friday feeling like we’re in a good spot.”

 

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