Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon led the way in Friday's final practice session for the Indianapolis 500.
Known as Carb Day, this one-hour practice session was the last opportunity for teams to prepare for Sunday's 500-mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Kanaan, the defending Indy 500 champion, posted the quickest lap at 227.838 mph. The Brazilian made a total of 46 laps during the session. He is in his first year as driver of the No. 10 car for Ganassi.
"It feels good to be up there today, but that's not what it's all about," Kanaan said. "Last year, I was already happy with the car I got, but I think we've got a better car. But the field is definitely more competitive this year."
Kanaan won the Indy 500 for the first time in his 12th attempt in 2013. He drove for KV Racing Technology at the time.
If Kanaan takes the checkered flag on Sunday, he would become the first driver to win this race in consecutive years since Helio Castroneves did it from 2001-02.
Dixon, a three-time IndyCar Series champion as well as the 2008 Indy 500 winner, was second quickest in practice. He made a total of 50 laps, with his best one clocked at 227.773 mph.
Kanaan will start the Indy 500 from the inside of row 6, while Dixon will roll off from the middle of row 4.
Townsend Bell, driving an entry for KV Racing Technology, was third on the charts, followed by Castroneves, a three-time winner of the Indy 500, and rookie Mikhail Aleshin.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Alex Tagliani, Juan Pablo Montoya and Josef Newgarden were sixth through 10th, respectively.
Kurt Busch, who is attempting to become the first driver to compete in both the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the same day, was 15th fastest.
It was the first time Busch was on the track at Indy since he crashed hard into the wall during Monday's practice here. He is driving Marco Andretti's backup car since his primary No. 26 vehicle could not be repaired in time for the event. Busch completed 53 laps, with his best one at 224.684 mph.
"I was a bit anxious to get back in the car and see how I was going to feel," Busch said. "There's a lot to be said about guys when they hit the wall. They lose their confidence a little bit. I didn't lose my confidence. I just needed to make sure that I didn't overadjust the car when I got back in traffic."
Busch will start the Indy 500 on the outside of row 4.
On Thursday night, Busch qualified 28th for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, which is scheduled to start shortly after 6 p.m. ET. The waving of the green flag for the start of the Indy 500 is expected at 12:12 p.m. ET.