Scott Dixon continued to impress on the fourth day of Indy 500 practice, posting the fifth-best time in the Six Hour open session.
Dixon led the opening half of the session on a day where teams experimented primarily with race set-ups and non-tow laps.
Tony Kanaan was the overall fastest, with his best marker coming during ‘happy hour’ late in the afternoon.
The Chip Ganassi driver clocked a 225.341mph to edge the ever-consistent Conor Daly to the top spot.
Third fell the way of Santino Ferrucci despite the 22-year-old suffering a hefty shunt at turn two.
Ferrucci limped from his wrecked car to the awaiting medical crew. However, the team are adamant both their driver and car will be back in action ahead of qualifying this weekend.
“He has a minor injury of his left leg,” said IndyCar’s Dr Billows about Ferrucci. “He’s able to bear weight.”
Dixon set a respectable 65 laps over the day, and while it was one of the smallest lap counts, his non-tow pace remained one of the fastest among the field.
The fastest non-tow lap went to Jack Harvey.
Scott McLaughlin’s morning began with a scare as he narrowly avoided a collision after coming across a trio of Rahal Letterman Lanigan cars.
The three cars were travelling at abnormally slow speeds for a staged team photo just as McLaughlin and Colton Herta arrived at significantly higher pace out of turn four.
The pair made small contact as Herta darted to a closing gap between McLaughlin and the outside wall.
In the end, McLaughlin completed 60 laps and finished 13th.
The three RHL cars were reprimanded for the lousy incident and are punished with 30 minutes less practice tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s fifth practice day is colloquially known as ‘Fast Friday’, as teams turn up the wick and the fastest times of the entire month are laid down.
|22||Juan Pablo Montoya||222.384|
|31||Simona De Silvestro||220.911|