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After half an hour of the primary two-hour session for the Indy 500 veterans, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ericsson sat on the prime of the pace charts.

Having lapped the two.5-mile course in 40.1194s, 224.330mph, final yr’s Indy 500 winner was over one mile per hour away from Colton Herta of Andretti Autosport and Dale Coyne Racing’s David Malukas

One other former winner, Pagenaud was fourth for Meyer Shank Racing and was adopted by the quickest of the Penske drivers, Josef Newgarden, with 2008 winner Scott Dixon and 2018 winner Will Power

The primary warning of the session flew 45 minutes in for a observe inspection.

When motion resumed, two of the Ed Carpenter Racing vehicles – that of crew proprietor Carpenter and Conor Daly received good tows from Takuma Sato to leap into second and fourth respectively, with Pagenaud slotting between the 2. 

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A second yellow flew with 45 minutes to go, once more for a observe inspection, and motion resumed quarter-hour later. 

Indy 500 winners, Marcus Ericsson, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Will Energy, Simon Pagenaud, Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon, Takuma Sato, Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan

Photograph by: Michael L. Levitt

With lower than 10 minutes left on the clock, Palou was in a position to leap to second behind team-mate Ericsson, however Helio Castroneves denied Chip Ganassi a 1-2 end by setting a late 224.280mph lap in his Meyer Shank Racing-Honda.

One of the best Chevrolet-powered automotive was of Pesnke’s Scott McLaughlin, who was one other late improver as he jumped to fourth forward of Carpenter.

Final-minute laps from the likes of Palou, Castroneves and McLaughlin demoted Pagenaud to sixth forward of Dixon, who set his quickest time simply after the final yellow flag interval.

Herta dropped to ninth on the end, whereas the highest 10 was rounded off by Daly.

Penske pair Josef Newgarden and Will Energy completed almost two miles off Ericsson’s finest effort in eleventh and twelfth respectively, simply forward of two of the three full-season Arrow McLaren entries pushed by Felix Rosenqvist and Pato O’Ward.

Pos Driver Crew Engine Time Hole Pace
1 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 40.1194   224.330mph
2 Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank Racing Honda 40.1284 0.0090 224.280mph
3 Alex Palou Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 40.1628 0.0434 224.088mph
4 Scott McLaughlin Crew Penske Chevrolet 40.1848 0.0654 223.965mph
5 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 40.2208 0.1014 223.765mph
6 Simon Pagenaud Meyer Shank Racing Honda 40.2612 0.1418 223.540mph
7 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 40.2746 0.1552 223.466mph
8 Colton Herta Andretti Autosport Honda 40.2849 0.1655 223.409mph
9 David Malukas Dale Coyne Racing Honda 40.2883 0.1689 223.390mph
10 Conor Daly Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 40.3381 0.2187 223.114mph
11 Josef Newgarden Crew Penske Chevrolet 40.3815 0.2621 222.874mph
12 Will Energy Crew Penske Chervrolet 40.4326 0.3132 222.593mph
13 Felix Rosenqvist Arrow McLaren Chevrolet 40.4468 0.3274 222.515mph
14 Pato O‘Ward Arrow McLaren Chevrolet 40.4719 0.3525 222.377mph
15 Rinus VeeKay Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 40.5175 0.3981 222.126mph
16 Takuma Sato Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 40.5384 0.4190 222.012mph
17 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Honda 40.7387 0.6193 220.920mph
18 Callum Ilott Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet 40.7403 0.6209 220.911mph
19 Santino Ferrucci AJ Foyt Chevrolet 40.8032 0.6838 220.571mph
20 Christian Lundgaard Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 40.8676 0.7482 220.223mph
21 Jack Harvey Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 40.8755 0.7561 220.181mph
22 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 40.9705 0.8511 219.670mph
23 Alexander Rossi Arrow McLaren Chevrolet 40.9992 0.8798 219.516mph
24 Kyle Kirkwood Andretti Autosport Honda 41.1119 0.8897 219.463mph
25 Romain Grosjean Andretti Autosport Honda 41.0287 0.9093 219.359mph

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