The build-up for this year’s 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans takes a big step up over this weekend as the drivers and teams hit the Circuit de la Sarthe for the first time.
The traditional pre-Le Mans test day takes place tomorrow (Sunday June 4), making Saturday an important day of preparation and fine-tuning – oh, and the iconic photo of the field.
Here’s a quick social round-up of what’s been going on in Le Mans today. The test running gets underway at 9am local time on Sunday, with eight hours of running being afforded to teams.
Very fittingly, the fastest car in Saturday’s lone practice session for ABC Supply 500 was the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet of Tony Kanaan.
The 44-year-old Brazilian showed plenty of speed in Saturday’s two hour practice session at Pocono Raceway, turning a 216.354 mph lap around the 2.5-mile Pennsylvania superspeedway. The session was the only on-track activity of the day for the Indy cars, as heavy cloud cover and rain postponed the first practice session of the day and cancelled qualifying completely.
As the rain began to clear and the track drying got underway, INDYCAR officials made the decision to combine the postponed one-hour morning session with the one-hour afternoon session, creating a single two-hour session for drivers to reacquaint themselves with the track known as “The Tricky Triangle”.
Scott Dixon finished the session second fastest with a 215.761 mph lap, while Santino Ferrcucci ended the session third-fastest with an 215.377 mph lap.
Alexander Rossi (215.373 mph) was fourth fastest in the session, followed by Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud (215.368 mph), who ended the session fifth-fastest despite missing nearly 45-minutes of track time early on due to a gearbox issue.
Colton Herta was sixth-fastest at the completion of the session with a 215.338 mph lap, while Sebastian Bourdais (215.267 mph), Charlie Kimball (214.818 mph), Ryan Hunter-Reay (214.623 mph), and Graham Rahal (214.617 mph) rounded out the top ten.
Current series points leader Josef Newgarden ended the session 17th-fastest with a 214.174 mph lap.
Live coverage of tomorrow’s ABC Supply 500 will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
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