Gabby Chaves paces quiet pre-qualifying practice for Indy 500

Photo: Chris Owens/INDYCAR

By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

SPEEDWAY, Ind. – With dreary, overcast weather conditions and the risk of rain there were few takers in Saturday’s pre-qualifying practice for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Gabby Chaves paced the session, contested by just eight machines over the course of 90 minutes at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chaves’ 228.160 mph circuit proved to be the quickest of his 12 circuits in the Harding Racing No. 88 Chevrolet.

Graham Rahal slotted in just behind Chaves, leading the way for Honda with a speed of 228.007 mph. Conor Daly, Carlos Munoz and Jack Harvey rounded out the top five, with Ryan Hunter-Reay, Buddy Lazier and Sage Karam also setting times in the session.

Saturday’s early practice was the last scheduled track time for the Verizon IndyCar Series ahead of the first qualifying session. If rain avoids the speedway, the first day of qualifications will see the field each set a four-lap average speed from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. ET. Afterward, the paddock will be given the option of foregoing their current time to set another one based on availability.

At the end of the day, the nine fastest drivers will advance into the Fast 9 and participate in Sunday’s pole qualifying. The rest of the field will battle for positions 10-33.

 

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