INDIANAPOLIS — Chip Ganassi Racing’s five-driver contingent that are part of the Fast 12 dominated Sunday’s final practice session with three of its drivers claiming the top three four-lap averages around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The starting lineup for Sunday’s 106th Indianapolis 500 will be finalized later today with the Fast 12 at 4 p.m. followed by the Fast 6 afterward. It will be televised on NBC.
Four-time Indianapolis 500 pole winner Scott Dixon had the fastest four-lap average at 233.774 mph in the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda. That included a fast lap of 234.042 mph.
Teammate Marcus Ericsson of Sweden was second with a four-lap average of 233.283 mph in the No. 8 Huski Chocolate Honda.
Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, driving in his first Indianapolis 500, was third with a four-lap average of 233.261 mph in the No. 48 Carvana/American Legion Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Three-time Indy 500 pole winner Ed Carpenter was fourth with four laps at 232.958 mph in the No. 20 Chevrolet with Pato O’Ward’s four-lap average of 232.921 mph rounding out the top five.
Sixth was another CGR driver, Alex Palou, at 232.763 mph in the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda.
Fastest single lap speeds included Dixon’s 234.042 mph, Carpenter’s 233.624 mph, Rinus VeeKay’s 233.597 mph in the No. 21 Chevrolet, Takuma Sato’s 233.441 mph in the No. 51 Honda and Johnson’s 233.440 mph.
VeeKay was the fastest qualifier in Saturday’s first round of qualifications.