Kanaan (227.114 mph) fastest in a crash filled Carb Day practice on Friday from Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — The day dubbed as Carb Day didn’t disappoint. Friday’s two-hour final NTT INDYCAR Series practice session saw fast speeds and chaos. We saw familiar names up top but 2 more practice crashes in the 120 minute session including 1 of which getting airborne.

Tony Kanaan (227.114 mph) led the charge in his No. 1 Dallara-Honda to give Chip Ganassi Racing another practice win. They went 1-2-3 on Monday and now put 3 cars in the top 4 on Carb Day.

Kanaan has a fast No. 1 Dallara-Honda under him with the 2013 Indy 500 champion rolling off on the Outside of Row 2 this weekend. However, we’ve not had a car lead Carb Day practice since 2011 and turn that into a race win two days later.

Kanaan was joined up front by his Chip Ganassi Racing teammates yet again. Marcus Ericsson (227.004 mph) was again quietly near the front of the speeds charts in his No. 8 Dallara-Honda. Ericsson was 2nd, 4th, 7th, 5th and 2nd respectively in race practice this month.

Ericsson topped another familiar face towards the top in Takuma Sato. The two-time Indy 500 champion went 226.839 mph in his No. 51 Dallara-Honda. Sato was quickest in all three practice sessions last week and 4th on Monday.

Scott Dixon gave Ganassi 3 cars in the top 4 on Friday with the six-time series champion going 226.696 mph in his No. 9 Dallara-Honda. Dixon has been 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd and now 4th in practice this month.

Honda had 6 of the top 7 speeds on opening day, 5 of the top 7 in last Thursday’s session, 6 of the top 8 including 11 of the top 14 on Monday and now 1-2-3-4 on Carb Day. They also have 4 of the top 6 starters on Sunday too.

The quickest Chevy was Sage Karam in 5th (226.517 mph). Karam was the 3rd quickest bow tie on Monday.

The 2 incidents today were wild. The first occurred at 1:44 p.m. ET when David Malkuas did a half spin and made hard contact with the Turn 1 SAFER barrier. That incident was predicated from contact with Santino Ferrucci entering the corner when Malukas made a late move on Ferrucci but Ferrucci didn’t see him and when he got back into the throttle he didn’t know Malukas was below him and hit his right rear.

It was a racing incident which ironically enough, the two drivers have a wild bond. Their spotters are a father-son combo between Dane Carter and Pancho Carter.

The other crash occurred with Colton Herta at 2:05 p.m. ET when he got loose in the first corner and hit the SAFER barrier right side first. Somehow, his car got airborne and upside down and slid into the Turn 2 wall as a result. Luckily though, Herta not only walked away but he said he was 100% good and could hop back in a car immediately if one was ready.

We had no crashes in any of the practice sessions entering the week but over the last 153 minutes we had 3 separate ones -all in Turn 1.

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