Chaves leads quiet practice session before Indy 500 qualifying

Gabby Chaves was fastest among a group of just eight cars that ventured onto a cold and slightly misty Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Saturday morning practice before Indy 500 qualifying

Chaves leads quiet practice session before Indy 500 qualifying

The Harding Racing Dallara-Chevrolet driver clocked a 228.160mph lap to top the session by a mere 0.1mph ahead of Graham Rahal's Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara-Honda.

This pair were some 3mph clear of the AJ Foyt Racing Dallara-Chevrolets of Conor Daly and Carlos Munoz, with Jack Harvey turning a 222mph lap in the #50 Andretti Autosport Dallara-Honda, run by Michael Shank Racing.

Harvey lost track time on Friday with a blown engine, the fifth HPD unit to let go since last weekend's race on the Indianapolis road course.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, Buddy Lazier and Sage Karam completed their laps very early in the session and were the only other runners to venture onto the course.

Qualifying runs from 11am-6pm local time and will decide which drivers make Sunday's 'Fast Nine' pole shootout, and which drivers will compete for positions 10 through 33.

SATURDAY MORNING PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Speed Laps
1 Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 39.4460s 228.160 12
2 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 39.4725s 228.007 7
3 Conor Daly A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 39.9858s 225.080 10
4 Carlos Munoz A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 40.0655s 224.632 3
5 Jack Harvey Michael Shank Racing Dallara/Honda 40.5193s 222.116 7
6 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 40.5690s 221.844 3
7 Buddy Lazier Lazier Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 41.1334s 218.800 6
8 Sage Karam Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 43.3870s 207.435 3

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