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2012 Indy 500: Dario Franchitti Confident Following Carb Day Results

Carb Day is just another practice session for the Indianapolis 500. Nevertheless, Friday's session gave some positive momentum to cars featuring Honda engines, which many had wondered about in the wake of a dominant performance from Chevrolet cars, which claimed the top six spots in qualifying.

Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon, who both drive Target Chip Ganassi Racing Hondas, turned in the two fastest results on Friday. Both cars' engines got a boost, under the rules of the race, that figure to put them on a more level playing field based on results in the qualifying sessions.

Franchitti expressed confidence after the one-hour practice on Friday. As reported by SB Nation's Jeff Gluck:

"We'll find out on Sunday, but it definitely feels a little bit stronger," Franchitti said. "So hopefully that will give us more of an equal fight, because obviously in qualifying it was a bit one-sided."

The final results from Carb Day look like this:

  1. Dario Franchitti (Honda)
  2. Scott Dixon (Honda)
  3. Marco Andretti (Chevrolet)
  4. Takuma Sato (Honda)
  5. Ryan Briscoe (Chevrolet)
  6. Justin Wilson (Honda)
  7. Will Power (Chevrolet)
  8. James Hinchcliffe (Chevrolet)
  9. Tony Kanaan (Chevrolet)
  10. Ryan Hunter-Reay (Chevrolet)
  11. Helio Castroneves (Chevrolet)
  12. J.R. Hildebrand (Chevrolet)
  13. Josef Newgarden (Honda)
  14. Charlie Kimball (Honda)
  15. Graham Rahal (Honda)
  16. Alex Tagliani (Honda)
  17. Rubens Barrichello (Chevrolet)
  18. Oriol Servia (Chevrolet)
  19. Mike Conway (Honda)
  20. Ed Carpenter (Chevrolet)
  21. Sebastian Saavedra (Chevrolet)
  22. EJ Viso (Chevrolet)
  23. Simon Pagenaud (Honda)
  24. Bryan Clauson (Honda)
  25. Sebastien Bourdais (Chevrolet)
  26. Katherine Legge (Chevrolet)
  27. Wade Cunningham (Honda)
  28. Michel Jourdain (Honda)
  29. Townsend Bell (Honda)
  30. James Jakes (Honda)
  31. Simona de Silvestro (Lotus)
  32. Jean Alesi (Lotus)

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