Kanaan fastest in final Indy 500 practice
23 May 2014 – Defending race winner Tony Kanaan led the field in the final practice session before the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. In the one-hour-long Carb Day practice, Kanaan nearly completed a quarter race distance, ending with a best lap time of 39.5018s (227.838mph).
Just 0.01s behind the Brazilian was 2008 Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon, and barely one-tenth of a second behind him was the surprisingly quick Townsend Bell, driving a one-off event for KV Racing Technology.
Three times a winner here, Helio Castroneves ran a 226.187mph lap that was good enough for P4 in the session, just ahead of the highest running rookie, Mikhail Aleshin.
Polesitter Ed Carpenter ran 54 laps on Friday, finishing P13 in front of 1996 winner Buddy Lazier, who, at one point, was running as high as third.
Coming off a hard crash in the previous practice session, NASCAR champion Kurt Busch finished the day in P15 after 53 laps. He made sure to spend plenty of time out on track to adjust to the new car the team are using after he struck the turn four wall in his primary car. The chassis he will use for the 500 is expected to be one of Marco Andretti's backup cars.