Indy 500 front-row starter Josef Newgarden leads Monday practice

Front-row starter Josef Newgarden set the pace in the final full day of practice for next Sunday's Indianapolis 500

Indy 500 front-row starter Josef Newgarden leads Monday practice

IndyCar teams and drivers focused on full-tank runs in the three-and-a-half hour session, to see how their cars will handle in the 100th running of the iconic race.

There were times when the cars with a higher ride-height to accommodate the domed skids made Monday's practice look like a frantic, high-speed traffic jam.

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Ed Carpenter Racing's Newgarden set the pace with a lap of 227.414mph, ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing pair Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon, as Serge Karam completed an all-Chevrolet top four.

Newgarden also logged the fourth-most laps for the day, 111 in total.

"It was a hot day and it was hard," he said.

"The track temperature today was similar to Sunday so now that we are putting our race downforce on it was even more than we needed last week when it was cool.

"This is the most representative day of what we are going to see on race day and that is great.

"Everyone ran in a pack today and that is what we needed to see.

"To me, some guys looked really good at some points and bad at other points.

"That is how it is going to look on race day and it's about making your race more good than bad. That is going to be the key."

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Polesitter James Hinchcliffe kept a low profile in 17th with a lap of 224.602mph.

It was Dale Coyne Racing's Pippa Mann who set the pace for Honda, in fifth, having also clocked 116 laps.

"It gets really interesting and difficult and you react to what everybody else is doing not just what you are doing," Mann said of running in traffic with the higher ride heights.

"If a driver four cars up in front of you has an issue, you also have to be able to react to what that issue may be and try to get back to power appropriately to make the most out of his issue and pounce on the guy in front of you."

In the final session before Friday's Carb Day running, Jack Hawksworth's AJ Foyt entry stopped with a small engine fire.

PRACTICE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 39.5754s 111
2 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.1785s 96
3 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.1880s 98
4 Sage Karam Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.2396s 93
5 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.2771s 116
6 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.2776s 98
7 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.3196s 95
8 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.3512s 108
9 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 0.3643s 98
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.3862s 74
11 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.4120s 92
12 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.4120s 83
13 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.4211s 98
14 Townsend Bell Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.4350s 101
15 Gabby Chaves Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.4486s 81
16 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 0.4906s 85
17 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.4954s 98
18 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.5029s 96
19 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.5073s 88
20 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.5179s 81
21 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.5329s 117
22 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.5789s 54
23 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.5849s 19
24 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.6053s 103
25 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.6369s 117
26 Oriol Servia Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.6488s 96
27 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 0.7492s 39
28 Spencer Pigot Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.8074s 107
29 Matthew Brabham Team Murray Dallara/Chevrolet 0.8520s 96
30 Stefan Wilson KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.8603s 115
31 Bryan Clauson Jonathan Byrd's Racing Dallara/Honda 1.0003s 81
32 Alex Tagliani AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1.0799s 10
33 Buddy Lazier Lazier Burns Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.0998s 42


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