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Rossi leads final practice before Indy 500 qualifying

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INDIANAPOLIS – Alexander Rossi in the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda for Andretti Autosport led the final practice before the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil first day of qualifying kicks off.

The rookie posted a best speed of 231.249 mph in the truncated session, where only 21 of 33 cars took times and 164 laps were completed.

The primary bit of news that came out of the morning was an accident for Max Chilton in the No. 8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Chilton’s team is assessing the damage on the primary car to see whether they’ll need to go to a backup.

Qualifying begins at 2:20 p.m. ET and local time and is set to run until 7 p.m. ET.

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Report: Spencer Pigot out at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.

The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”

In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.

VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.

A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.

NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.