Kanaan Quick On Friday

Tony Kanaan and Dan Wheldon played leapfrog atop the leader board in Friday’s final full day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kanaan, the defending IRL IndyCar Series champion, turned a fast lap of 226.490 mph late in the afternoon to edge his Andretti Green Racing teammate, who ran 226.399 mph.

Dario Franchitti made it a 1-2-3 sweep for Andretti Green, 226.065 mph, with the team’s fourth driver, Bryan Herta, running 10th fastest.

“It’s going to be a matter of finding the right balance for the race,” said Kanaan. “The car is good but we have time to make it even better.”

Scott Sharp was fourth, followed by Danica Patrick and Kosuke Matsuura.

The drama resumes Saturday at noon (CDT) with qualifying to fill the remaining 11 positions on the 33-car grid. Sunday will be Bump Day, with non-qualified cars eligible to bump their way into the field.

Kenny Brack, in his second day practicing the Rahal Letterman Honda Panoz as a substitute for injured 2004 Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice, was seventh fastest, 224.829 mph, leading the non-qualified drivers.

Other non-qualified drivers to practice were Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ryan Briscoe, 223.204 mph; Patrick Carpentier, 221.382; Marty Roth, 220.850 mph; A.J. Foyt IV, 219.823 mph; Larry Foyt, 219.946 mph; Jaques Lazier, 218.813; Ed Carpenter, 218.534 mph; Jimmy Kite, 217.809 mph; and Jeff Ward, 215.855 mph.

Also Friday, Arie Luyendyk was hoping to complete his Rookie Orientation Program, but missed a shift on his first lap and blew the engine prior to the beginning of practice. He returned to the track later in the afternoon and recorded a lap of 198.604 mph. The son of the two-time Indianapolis 500 was nominated to drive the Curb-Agajanian-Beck Motorsports entry earlier in the week, but fell behind when Thursday’s practice session was rained out.

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