Dixon Leads Fast Friday

Opposing drivers beware; Target Chip Ganassi Racing is focused on taking the pole position for the 91st Indianapolis 500 on Saturday.

For the fourth consecutive day, a TCGR driver paced the field at the 2.5-mile speedway as Scott Dixon bested teammate Dan Wheldon with a fast lap of 227.167 mph during “Fast Friday,” the final full day of practice before AAMCO pole qualifying for the 500 mile classic.

With his efforts, Dixon is now tied with Wheldon with two fast days apiece at the speedway. England-born Wheldon led Tuesday and Wednesday while New Zealand-born Dixon has been fastest at the end of the last two days.

"There were a few little problems that we couldn't quite get out, but the car is very fast," said Wheldon, who ran a best lap of 226.650 mph. "It's about getting the most out of it tomorrow. I think if we can do that, we'll have a good shot at the pole."

Andretti Green Racing claimed the remainder of the top five fast laps Friday with Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti and Dario Franchitti rounding out the five on the charts.

Defending race winner Sam Hornish Jr., Danica Patrick, Ed Carpenter, Helio Castroneves and Tomas Scheckter completed the top 10 speeds on Friday.

A total of 28 drivers took to the track Friday with Vitor Meira running the most laps on the day with 86 circuits total.

The day’s only major accident of the day came shortly before 2 p.m. (ET) when rookie driver Milka Duno lost control of her No. 23 Citgo Dallara-Honda and made heavy contact with the Turn 1 wall, forcing extensive repairs to the SAFER Barrier.

Although it was a hard hit, the Venezuelan born driver was checked out and released by the infield medical center.

Prior to the accident, Duno had completed 298 accident free laps this month, the most of any driver.

Teams will get one final practice Saturday from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. (ET) before Pole Day Qualifying takes place from noon – 6 p.m. (ET). Along with pole position, the first 11 positions in the 33-driver field are up for grabs Saturday.

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