Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay in the No.21 Bitcoin Racing Chevrolet was the fastest Chevrolet-powered driver as the Dutch driver starts Sunday’s 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge from third place following a four-lap average of 233.385MPH and starts the race just ahead of his boss Ed Carpenter in the No.33 Alzamend Chevrolet who set a 233.385MPH.
Speaking following the action VeeKay said:
“I’m very happy with qualifying. Looking at yesterday, I think I and many people expected me as a hot prospect for the pole. I gave it all I had out there. We could’ve maybe found some speed to get second in qualifying, but Scott (Dixon) was just very fast and a little bit out of our league! I’m very proud that Ed (Carpenter) and I are very fast. Fastest Chevy in Indy 500 qualifying, third year in a row. Happy me!”
Ed Carpenter who starts fourth commented saying:
We’re in a really good spot for next week. Not ultimately where we wanted to be, but at the same time, it’s great that Rinus is starting third, then fourth for me! That’s the same as last year, so I’ve got a little deja vu here. It’s great to be able to put some Chevrolets in the fight and show off the hard work and dedication of the ECR crew and have a BitNile and an Alzamend Neuro up front. We’re in a good spot for next Sunday and we can do work from there!”
PATO O’WARD, NO. 5 ARROW McLAREN SP CHEVROLET, ARROW McLAREN SP who starts P7.
“I was extremely happy with my car man. I think it’s probably the best balance that we’ve had in qualifying. We need to dig into what really happened and why we randomly just lost speed from one day to another. It’s the same on the 7 side. We’ll just look at that, but the 5 guys did a great job. They gave me a great car. We just kept getting better and better, so I’m really happy and this is a great position for the race. It’s so, so long; 500 miles. Yeah, I’m not worried. This is a great spot to work from.”
FELIX ROSENQVIST, NO. 7 VUSE ARROW McLAREN SP CHEVROLET, ARROW McLAREN RACING SP who starts P8.
“Mixed feelings I’d say. I don’t think we could have been in the top-six today. I think Pato (O’ward) showed that. We had some issue this morning. We lost a lot of speed and kind of have to go to plan C into qualifying to change all of our gears and everything to match the lower speed that we suddenly had. We still don’t know why we lost speed, but we are pretty happy to be P8 instead of P12 I’d say. That’s kind of what it felt like when we started the day. It was a good run. I think we did everything we could with our run and honestly pretty gnarly, so good fun. Yeah, third row. I mean you can win from there, we’re good.”
WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON 5G TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET who starts P11.
“Really stoked to get the Verizon 5G Chevrolet in the Top-12. I would love to make a run for the pole, but we are so much better than we were last year, we will focus on improving our race car and be ready for Sunday. We have strong Chevy power so I’m looking forward to a good race.
Josef Newgarden 14th
Santino Ferrucci 15th
JR Hildebrand 17th
Conor Daly 18th
Callum Ilott 19th
Sage Karam 22nd
Scott McLaughlin 26th
Kyle Kirkwood 28th
Dalton Kellett 29th
Juan Pablo Montoya 30th
Stefan Wilson 33rd