O'Ward tops final practice ahead of Indy 500

O'Ward tops final practice ahead of Indy 500

Live stream: fuboTV (free trial). It was the first session in which pole-sitter Marco Andretti did not dazzle; he ended 28th on the speed chart.

"It's going to be interesting to see what temps the track gets up to on Race Day", the Indy 500 rookie said. Now his grandson, with a lightning-fast and fearful four laps around the speedway, has cleared the first hurdle toward an elusive victory. We threw out four or five 224s (laps at 224 mph).

In his 15th attempt, he will attempt to end that stupid family curse once and for all. Andretti anxious about the wind all morning and relied on advice his grandfather has long given the racers of the family to find the courage to hold it wide open for four laps around one of the most famous tracks in motorsports. You never know where you are going to end up at the end.

He seemed to have tears in his eyes and his hands appeared to briefly shake as driver after driver congratulated him on pit lane.

But hey, the Andretti Curse does have its own Wikipedia Page.

"Obviously I was emotional".

"I spent [practice] at the very back of the train just to experience what it's going to be like at the beginning of the race". "We've just been through so many ups and downs at this place".

Emma Davies-Dixon often thinks about the dangers of IndyCar racing but doesn't talk to husband Scott about it as much as she would like.

"We know family is pulling for us". TV ratings for qualifying were up 26 percent and with the 300,000 fans that would normally be in attendance watching from home, the Associated Press is predicting big viewership numbers on race day.

"I'm happier now than I've ever been", Andretti said on NBC Sports.

In a normal year, Marco Andretti would have received a thunderous ovation after his run. They set up chairs in gravel parking lots across the street from the speedway and staked out spots along the fence on 16th Street, where gaps in the grandstands provide views of the track and an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the American classic. Dixon still leads as he battles ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Penske planned to give the command for drivers to start the engine.

"I think really we have a shot to be up there at the front, challenge the frontrunners", he said.

But his son kept it wide open in an effort of bravery in windy conditions on a warm racetrack.

"Honestly Marco was the guy I was hoping for because I think he deserved it", said Dixon, who was beat for the pole and later spun during the Sunday afternoon practice.

Pato O'Ward of Arrow McLaren SP was fastest on Carb Day in a Chevrolet, followed by a trio of Honda's driven by former Indy 500 winners.

Newgarden finished fourth in last year's Indy 500, but his best result came with Ed Carpenter Racing in 2016, when he finished third behind Alexander Rossi and Carlos Munoz.

That was 0.7mph behind the top effort of the day, which was the 225.355 miles per hour produced by rookie Mexican Pato O'Ward, who will start 15th in his debut at "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing". Splitting "off-strategies" would, theoretically, allow Penske to cover more bases and keep Josef Newgarden (starting 13) on the same strategy as the leader.

However, he sounded a note of warning that running at 24 degrees Celsius ambient temperature from 11am to 1pm during the Carb Day session made it less relevant than ideal, given that the race will start at 2.30pm (ET) on Sunday, when peak temperature is forecast to be 30 degrees Celsius.

"I'm hoping the Andretti curse doesn't exist in August", he said.

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