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Pato O’Ward Fastest in Carb Day Practice

The hopefuls who will chase glory this weekend took to the track for Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the final chance to practice and make adjustments for the Indianapolis 500.

Pato O’Ward paced the field with a 224.646-mph lap in the final shakedown before Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

The Arrow McLaren driver will make his first start in the event this year after failing to qualify last year.

Scott Dixon was next fastest at 224.646 mph, followed by Alexander Rossi, who posted a lap of 224.599 mph.

Rounding out the fastest five were Takuma Sato at 224.580 mph and Oliver Askew with a speed of 224.128 mph.

Defending champion Simon Pagenaud was just 14th quickest and three time 500 champion Helio Castroneves was in 17th place. Pole winner Marco Andretti was all the way down at 28th on the final speed chart.

Carb Day Practice Results

Coverage of the 104th Indianapolis 500 begins at 1 p.m. ET Aug. 23 on NBC.

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