Patrick Fastest in Final Practice

Danica Patrick topped the times in the final, Carburetion Day, practice session for this year's Indianapolis 500

Patrick Fastest in Final Practice

Patrick beat poleman Tony Kanaan and IRL points leader Daniel Wheldon to the top time as the contenders took their final chance to optimise their cars for Sunday's race.

Patrick took her Rahal-Letterman Racing Panoz-Honda round the Brickyard at an average speed of 225.597mph, with Kanaan next best on 225.451mph in his Andretti-Green Dallara-Honda and its sister car driven by Wheldon third quickest on 225.262mph.

Patrick commented: "We weren't trying to come out here and be the fastest, but it's always good to be. It's good for confidence, and it's good to see that your car can do it, especially having downforce on the car now as opposed to qualifying conditions."

Buddy Lazier escaped unhurt from a big shunt at Turn 4 after an apparent mechanical failure on his Panther Racing Dallara-Chevrolet. Lazier had not wound up to full speed when the shunt happened. He has been cleared to drive in the Indy 500 after a check-up at the medical centre.

89th Indianapolis 500 - Final Practice Results:

Pos Driver Chassis-Engine Speed Laps 1. Danica Patrick Panoz-Honda 225.597 19 2. Tony Kanaan Dallara-Honda 225.451 26 3. Dan Wheldon Dallara-Honda 225.262 25 4. Sam Hornish Jr Dallara-Toyota 225.003 18 5. Tomas Scheckter Dallara-Chevy 224.646 12 6. Scott Sharp Panoz-Honda 224.472 17 7. Tomas Enge Dallara-Chevy 224.368 18 8. Adrian Fernandez Panoz-Honda 224.254 22 9. Vitor Meira Panoz-Honda 224.039 24 10. Sebastien Bourdais Panoz-Honda 223.791 24 11. Bryan Herta Dallara-Honda 223.694 28 12. Kosuke Matsuura Panoz-Honda 223.407 25 13. Helio Castroneves Dallara-Toyota 223.334 21 14. Kenny Brack Panoz-Honda 223.230 18 15. Dario Franchitti Dallara-Honda 223.203 25 16. Bruno Junqueira Panoz-Honda 222.710 28 17. Roger Yasukawa Dallara-Honda 222.058 28 18. Darren Manning Panoz-Toyota 221.778 19 19. Scott Dixon Panoz-Toyota 221.736 24 20. Jaques Lazier Panoz-Toyota 221.728 13 21. Ryan Briscoe Panoz-Toyota 221.615 21 22. Richie Hearn Panoz-Chevy 221.485 17 23. Alex Barron Dallara-Toyota 221.023 16 24. Jeff Bucknum Dallara-Honda 219.817 28 25. Ed Carpenter Dallara-Toyota 219.300 22 26. Patrick Carpentier Dallara-Toyota 218.867 22 27. Marty Roth Dallara-Chevy 218.310 20 28. Jeff Ward Dallara-Toyota 217.367 22 29. AJ Foyt IV Dallara-Toyota 215.638 22 30. Larry Foyt Dallara-Toyota 215.123 24 31. Jimmy Kite Dallara-Toyota 214.992 18 32. Felipe Giaffone Panoz-Toyota 213.590 22 
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