Indy 500 Monday practice: Sage Karam on top, Robert Wickens crashes

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's Sage Karam topped a shortened eighth practice session for the Indianapolis 500 as Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens crashed

Indy 500 Monday practice: Sage Karam on top, Robert Wickens crashes

Karam set his 226.461mph benchmark early in the session after a 30-minute delay due to moisture, with another 10 minutes lost due to track inspections leaving a four and a half hour practice.

But the most notable event in the practice session came when Wickens picked up oversteer through Turn 2 and saved his car from contact with the outside wall only for a similar incident at Turn 3 to send him into the wall through the corner exit.

He had done just three laps on the track as a miserable Month of May for SPM continued.

"I caught it, then just ran out of track and brushed the wall," Wickens said.

"It was suspension damage on both sides and I was just trying to slow down and get it under control, and the car just pretty violently went to the right and went head-on into the wall halfway down the backstraight.

"It's a bummer, obviously, no one wants it, especially this close to the race.

"Lesson learned I guess; it just happened out of nowhere.

"I'm fine, these cars are super safe. First crash in an Indycar, so I guess it had to happen eventually."

SPM said there was comprehensive right-side damage to the car, as well as clear crumpling of the Dallara-Honda's nose.

There were few improvements late in the session, but AJ Foyt Racing's Tony Kanaan moved to second with a lap of 225.123mph.

Foyt had impressed with its no-tow speed through last week and managed to qualify 10th and 11th for the Indy 500 through Kanaan and rookie team-mate Matheus Leist.

Carlin's Charlie Kimball was a strong fourth, slotting between the Andretti Autosport cars of Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi.

Penske's Will Power, who will start the race third, was sixth ahead of team-mate Helio Castroneves.

The only two Hondas to make the 'Fast Nine', Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon and Dale Coyne Racing's Sebastien Bourdais, were 10th and 11th on Monday.

Danica Patrick secured a seventh place start on Sunday and finished 19th in a low-key day for Ed Carpenter Racing.

Polesitter Ed Carpenter was 14th and Spencer Pigot was 27th.

Front row starter Simon Pagenaud was 33rd, five places behind Penske team-mate Josef Newgarden.

The session was run in race trim as the IndyCar field continues to learn the universal aerokit's likely behaviour in race conditions, with sights of multiple cars following closely common throughout.

Most drivers ran a significant number of laps on track to assess running on various fuel loads and to get an indication of likely fuel stints.

Monday practice times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Speed Laps
1 Sage Karam Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 39.7419s 226.461 71
2 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 39.9781s 225.123 66
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 40.0320s 224.820 68
4 Charlie Kimball Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 40.0745s 224.582 79
5 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 40.0878s 224.507 70
6 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 40.0989s 224.445 120
7 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 40.1126s 224.368 118
8 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 40.1520s 224.148 56
9 Zachary Claman Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 40.1623s 224.091 79
10 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 40.1847s 223.966 101
11 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 40.2235s 223.750 92
12 Stefan Wilson Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 40.2299s 223.714 115
13 Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 40.2384s 223.667 72
14 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 40.2553s 223.573 100
15 J.R. Hildebrand Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 40.3147s 223.244 93
16 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 40.3194s 223.218 109
17 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 40.3372s 223.119 115
18 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 40.3652s 222.964 19
19 Danica Patrick Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 40.3721s 222.926 69
20 Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 40.3798s 222.884 51
21 Jack Harvey Michael Shank Racing Dallara/Honda 40.3840s 222.861 93
22 Jay Howard Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 40.3959s 222.795 100
23 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 40.4354s 222.577 74
24 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 40.4676s 222.400 54
25 Robert Wickens Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 40.4812s 222.325 3
26 Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 40.4916s 222.268 98
27 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 40.5267s 222.076 81
28 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 40.5438s 221.982 87
29 Max Chilton Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 40.5580s 221.904 45
30 James Davison AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 40.6131s 221.603 45
31 Oriol Servia Scuderia Corsa Dallara/Honda 40.6174s 221.580 65
32 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 40.6824s 221.226 60
33 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 40.7421s 220.902 58


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