Rookie Rossi Leads Final Practice Prior to Indy 500 Qualifying

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

INDIANAPOLIS – Alexander Rossi led final practice with a lap of 231.249 mph before qualifying begins for the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

The Andretti Autosport rookie continues to impress with his overall pace during the week of preparation for the milestone event, while some of his Rookie of the Year rivals have stumbled. Just minutes into the session, Max Chilton spun and found the Turn 2 wall and will likely have to go to a backup car for qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

Ryan Hunter-Reay joined teammate Rossi at the top of the timesheets, jetting around the 2.5-mile oval at 231.107 mph.

The session only saw 21 drivers take the track, with only six of them being Hondas.

Chevy still showcased stout pace with Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves breaking 230 mph and sitting third and fourth overall.

Click the link for the full final practice results: Final Practice – Session 6

Qualifying is set to start at 2:20 p.m. ET and is set to run until 7 p.m. ET.

Image: Bret Kelley/INDYCAR


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Joey Barnes is the Founder of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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