Wheldon Fastest; Brack Hits 225

Dan Wheldon set the fastest time of today's practice session for the Indianapolis 500, with a best lap speed of 227.320mph

Wheldon Fastest; Brack Hits 225

Wheldon, who qualified for the race in 16th on the grid, beat pole sitter Tony Kanaan by nearly a mile per hour - 15 hundredths of a second - despite running only 81 laps, compared to Kanaan's 108.

But today's practice was dominated by the return of 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner Kenny Brack, who stepped in to replace injured Buddy Rice in the Rahal/Letterman Racing seat.

Brack, who retired from IRL after a massive crash at the end of 2003, set the seventh fastest time in practice today, after running a whopping total of 129 laps. His best speed was 225.774mph.

Brack's teammate Danica Patrick, who qualified in fourth, was only ninth fastest, after completing 77 laps.

Practice for the May 29th Indy 500 race continues tomorrow.

Pos  Driver              Chassis-Engine    Speed    Time              Laps
 1.  Dan Wheldon         Dallara-Honda     227.320  39.5918             81
 2.  Tony Kanaan         Dallara-Honda     226.488  39.7372 + 0.1454   108
 3.  Adrian Fernandez    Panoz-Honda       226.042  39.8156 + 0.2238   119
 4.  Kosuke Matsuura     Panoz-Honda       225.989  39.8249 + 0.2331   110
 5.  Helio Castroneves   Dallara-Toyota    225.976  39.8272 + 0.2354   120
 6.  Dario Franchitti    Dallara-Honda     225.865  39.8468 + 0.2550    63
 7.  Kenny Brack         Panoz-Honda       225.774  39.8628 + 0.2710   129
 8.  Scott Sharp         Panoz-Honda       225.410  39.9272 + 0.3354   111
 9.  Danica Patrick      Panoz-Honda       225.260  39.9538 + 0.3620    77
10.  Vitor Meira         Panoz-Honda       225.098  39.9826 + 0.3908   128
11.  Bryan Herta         Dallara-Honda     224.710  40.0516 + 0.4598    88
12.  Buddy Lazier        Dallara-Chevrolet 224.621  40.0675 + 0.4757    62
13.  Tomas Scheckter     Dallara-Chevrolet 224.428  40.1019 + 0.5101    74
14.  Sam Hornish Jr.     Dallara-Toyota    224.090  40.1625 + 0.5707    99
15.  Tomas Enge          Dallara-Chevrolet 223.704  40.2318 + 0.6400   105
16.  Richie Hearn        Panoz-Chevrolet   223.498  40.2689 + 0.6771    86
17.  Scott Dixon         Dallara-Toyota    223.075  40.3452 + 0.7534    96
18.  Ryan Briscoe        Panoz-Toyota      222.408  40.4661 + 0.8743    89
19.  Jaques Lazier       Panoz-Toyota      221.972  40.5456 + 0.9538    71
20.  Patrick Carpentier  Dallara-Toyota    220.898  40.7427 + 1.1509   129
21.  Darren Manning      Panoz-Toyota      220.768  40.7667 + 1.1749    63
22.  Alex Barron         Dallara-Toyota    220.515  40.8135 + 1.2217   109
23.  Marty Roth          Dallara-Chevrolet 220.377  40.8391 + 1.2473    76
24.  A.J. Foyt IV        Dallara-Toyota    220.209  40.8702 + 1.2784    32
25.  Larry Foyt          Panoz-Toyota      220.176  40.8763 + 1.2845    37
26.  Jimmy Kite          Dallara-Toyota    219.266  41.0461 + 1.4543    69
27.  Roger Yasukawa      Dallara-Honda     219.152  41.0673 + 1.4755    17
28.  Ed Carpenter        Dallara-Toyota    217.983  41.2877 + 1.6959    80
29.  Jeff Ward           Dallara-Toyota    216.636  41.5444 + 1.9526    71
shares
comments
Brack to Replace Rice at Indy 500
Previous article

Brack to Replace Rice at Indy 500

Next article

Patrick: I Now Feel Accepted

Patrick: I Now Feel Accepted
How Ericsson achieved Indy immortality as Ganassi's main man stumbled Plus

How Ericsson achieved Indy immortality as Ganassi's main man stumbled

Chip Ganassi Racing team was strong again in the Indianapolis 500, with poleman Scott Dixon and reigning champion Alex Palou leading almost three quarters of the race between them. But when dominator Dixon was penalised for pitlane speeding, ex-Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson stepped up to score the biggest win of his career and seize the IndyCar points lead

IndyCar
May 30, 2022
Ranking the top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2021

In an enthralling 2021 IndyCar campaign, the series bounced back from its COVID-19 truncated year prior and Alex Palou defeated both the established order and his fellow young guns to clinch a maiden title. It capped a remarkable season with plenty of standout performers

IndyCar
Nov 21, 2021
How F1's other IndyCar exile finally unlocked his potential Plus

How F1's other IndyCar exile finally unlocked his potential

Romain Grosjean's swashbuckling rookie year in IndyCar captured the imagination of many in 2021. But another ex-Formula 1 driver whose potential was masked by five years of toil in, at best, middling machinery also enjoyed a breakout year in 2021 - winning twice and finishing sixth in points. Here's how Marcus Ericsson finally delivered on his promise

IndyCar
Nov 16, 2021
How Ganassi's relentless new champion outfoxed IndyCar's best Plus

How Ganassi's relentless new champion outfoxed IndyCar's best

IndyCar sophomore Alex Palou stunned by overcoming team-mate Scott Dixon and the rest of a white-hot field in 2021. He was consistently fast and crucially showed a level head, rebounding well from setbacks to put himself in a near unassailable position entering the final round

IndyCar
Nov 4, 2021
Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up? Plus

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up?

Despite appearing to have an IndyCar job for life with Meyer Shank Racing, Jack Harvey’s departure and move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate. However, Harvey's and RLL's combined strengths could prove to be a winning combination - if they get the balance right

IndyCar
Oct 17, 2021
Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win Plus

Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win

Saturday 16 October marks the 10th anniversary of Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500

IndyCar
Oct 16, 2021
Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting Plus

Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting

Kyle Kirkwood, the record-setting junior formula driver, sealed the Indy Lights championship last weekend. But despite an absurdly strong junior career and scholarship money, his next move is far from clear

IndyCar
Oct 6, 2021
Why IndyCar title glory is just the start for Ganassi's new star Plus

Why IndyCar title glory is just the start for Ganassi's new star

Newly-crowned IndyCar champion Alex Palou has been lauded as a complete driver and veteran-like in only his second season. The 24-year-old is still in the early days of his career, but the parallels are there for all to see with his six-time champion Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate who has been CGR's team leader since 2014

IndyCar
Sep 28, 2021