INDIANAPOLIS — A trio of former winners of the Indianapolis 500 followed by this year’s pole winner and then another former Indy 500 were the fast guys up front at Monday’s two-hour, full-field practice session for the 107th Indianapolis 500.
Will Power of Team Penske was the fastest driver with a lap at 229.222 miles per hour in the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet.
“We’ve been having vibration problems,” Power said. “I think we got somewhat on top of that. Ran at the front, ran at the middle, ran at the back, and I think the car’s pretty good. I think we’re in a good spot. We have good horsepower. I think we’re in good shape.”
Power was followed by six-time NTT IndyCar Series champion and 2008 Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing. Dixon’s speed in the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda was 229.184 mph.
Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato of Japan was third at 228.382 mph in the No. 11 Deloitte Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing.
This year’s Indy 500 pole winner and 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion Alex Palou of Chip Ganassi Racing was fourth at 227.392 mph in the No. 10 American Legion Honda.
Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner, was fifth at 227.094 mph in the No. 66 Chevrolet at Arrow McLaren.
It was a busy but short day on the 2.5-mile oval, as all 33 drivers combined to turn 2,005 laps (5,012.5 miles). Action was halted 71 minutes into the session due to the first accident of the event, a two-car crash involving Katherine Legge and Stefan Wilson.
The No. 44 Hendrickson Honda driven by Legge made contact with the No. 24 DRR Cusick CareKeepers Chevrolet of fellow British driver Wilson in turn one, with both cars making contact with the SAFER Barrier in turn one. Legge’s car continued down the track and made secondary contact with the SAFER Barrier in turn two.
Legge climbed from the car without assistance and was evaluated and released from the IU Health Emergency Medical Center. Wilson was conscious and alert when removed from the car by the AMR IndyCar Safety Team and was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
The next on-track session will be the final practice from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Eastern Time Friday on Miller Lite Carb Day. The 107th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 28 (11 a.m. ET, NBC, Peacock, Universo, INDYCAR Radio Network).