Kanaan Tops Indy 500 Day Two

Tony Kanaan continued Andretti-Green Racing's domination of the 2005 Indianapolis 500 by posting the fastest time on a rain-shortened second day of official practice

Kanaan Tops Indy 500 Day Two

The Brazilian recorded an average speed of 227.453mph, beating teammate Dan Wheldon's fastest practice speed of 226.808mph, set in day one.


Kanaan said: "I got a big tow around the whole lap and I've got to thank the Newman Haas boys, Bruno Junqueira and Sebastien Bourdais for that. They were doing a long run and I was trying to get around by myself to feel the car, but they towed me around, so it was a good lap.

"I think we can feel the grooves a lot more with the new surface. It looks like there's a lot of grip out there, we've just got to make the race line a little wider. It looks pretty slippery to go two wide."

Female rookie Danica Patrick continued to impress with the second fastest speed, however her teammate Buddy Rice only completed nine laps after crashing at Turn Two.

Former IRL series Champion Scott Dixon was third after switching back to a Panoz chassis. The New Zealander had run a Dallara during the first day's practice and last month's race in Motegi, Japan, and found an extra seven miles per hour after the switch. He improved from yesterday's 219.601mph to 226.816mph.

Indianapolis 500 practice, Day Two:

Pos Car Driver Make-Engine Speed (mph) 1. 11 Tony Kanaan Dallara-Honda 227.453 2. 16 Danica Patrick Panoz-Honda 226.944 3. 9T Scott Dixon Panoz-Toyota 226.816 4. 27 Dario Franchitti Dallara-Honda 226.253 5. 8 Scott Sharp Panoz-Honda 226.159 6. 70 Richie Hearn Panoz-Chevrolet 226.090 7. 26 Dan Wheldon Dallara-Honda 225.849 8. 17 Vitor Meira Panoz-Honda 225.714 9. 4T Tomas Scheckter Dallara-Chevrolet 225.709 10. 95 Buddy Lazier Dallara-Chevrolet 225.632 11. 5 Adrian Fernandez Panoz-Honda 225.217 12. 36 Bruno Junqueira Panoz-Honda 224.746 13. 6 Sam Hornish Jr.  Dallara-Toyota 224.521 14. 55 Kosuke Matsuura Panoz-Honda 224.393 15. 3 Helio Castroneves Dallara-Toyota 224.264 16. 10T Darren Manning Panoz-Toyota 224.245 17. 37 Sebastien Bourdais Panoz-Honda 223.462 18. 15 Buddy Rice Panoz-Honda 222.804 19. 33 Ryan Briscoe Panoz-Toyota 222.595 20. 7 Bryan Herta Dallara-Honda 222.584 21. 2 Tomas Enge Dallara-Chevrolet 222.107 22. 24 Roger Yasukawa Dallara-Honda 222.070 23. 83 Patrick Carpentier Dallara-Toyota 219.867 24. 51 Alex Barron Dallara-Toyota 219.077 25. 21 Jaques Lazier Panoz-Toyota 218.533 26. 91T Paul Dana Dallara-Toyota 218.030 27. 20 Ed Carpenter Dallara-Toyota 217.564 28. 22 Jeff Ward Dallara-Toyota 213.587 T = spare car 
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