Power tops practice as teams zero in on Indy 500

By IndyCar Media
Posted 6:59PM on Monday 22nd May 2023 ( 1 year ago )

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Reigning NTT IndyCar Series champion Will Power led practice Monday for the 107th Indianapolis 500 that started Race Week.

2018 “500” winner Power topped the two-hour, 10-minute session with a top lap of 39.2633 seconds, 229.222 mph in the No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet as the starting field of 33 drivers continued to hone setups for Sunday’s race. Power will start 12th in the race.

“We’ve been having vibration problems,” Power said. “I think we got somewhat on top of that. Ran at the front, ran at the middle, ran at the back, and I think the car’s pretty good. I think we’re in a good spot. We have good horsepower. I think we’re in good shape.”

2008 Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon was second at 229.184. Two-time “500” winner Takuma Sato ended up third at 228.382.

Pole winner Alex Palou, who led the fastest Indy 500 field with the fastest “500” pole speed in history Sunday, was fourth Monday at 227.392, putting three Chip Ganassi Racing cars in the top four.

2013 “500” winner Tony Kanaan, making his final series start in this race, rounded out the top five at 227.094.

Teams wasted little time getting busy during the short day on the 2.5-mile oval, as all 33 drivers combined to turn 2,005 laps (5,012.5 miles). Action was halted 71 minutes into the session due to the first accident of the event, a two-car crash involving Katherine Legge and Stefan Wilson.

Legge’s car made contact with that of Wilson in turn 1, with both cars making contact with the SAFER Barrier in turn 1. Legge’s car continued down the track and made secondary contact with the SAFER Barrier in turn 2.

Legge climbed from the car without assistance and was evaluated and released from the IU Health Emergency Medical Center. Wilson was conscious and alert when removed from the car by the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team and was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

The next on-track session will be the final practice from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET Friday on Carb Day. The 107th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 28.

WDUN will carry live IndyCar Radio Network coverage of the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 28, beginning at noon on 102.9 FM, at 1 pm on AM 550 and streaming live on AccessWDUN.

Will Power drives during Monday's practice session for this weekend's 107th Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Photo: Penske Entertainment: Paul Hurley

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