Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda ended the opening day of qualifying for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on provisional pole and will take part in the Fast nine on Sunday for day 2 of qualifying to set the field of 33 cars.
Ryan Hunter Reay was second fastest in the No.28 DHL Andretti Autosport giving Honda a 1-2 finish.
Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet was the leading car of Roger Penske’s stable in third place ending the day just ahead of Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Chevrolet.
Townsend Bell who topped the time-sheets in the No.29 Andretti Autosport Honda was fifth fastest just ahead of Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Preferred Freezer Services Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet with Mikhail Aleshin giving Sam Schmidt two cars in the Fast nine in seventh place.
Carlos Munoz in the No.26 Andretti Autosport was eighth fastest while series points leader Simon Pagenaud rounded out the Fast nine in the No.22 Team Penske Chevrolet.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda rounded out the top ten. Marco Andretti in the No.27 Snapple Honda said that it was one of his worst runs in eleven starts at Indianapolis and is 11th.
Last year’s Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya was 12th fastest in the No.2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet just ahead of reigning series champion Scott Dixon and Ed Carpenter with JR Hildebrand in 15th place while Takuma Sato was 16th.
Conor Daly was 17th fastest for Dale Coyne Racing just ahead of Sage Karam was 18th while Tony Kanaan was 19th in the NTT Group Chevrolet just ahead of Sebastien Bourdais.
Graham Rahal was 21st fastest just ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s Gabby Chaves. Spencer Pigot was 23rd for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing just ahead of Oriol Servia in the No.77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda.
Charlie Kimball was 25th fastest just ahead Matt Brabham while Stefan Wilson was 27th fastest. Jack Hawksworth was 28th in the ABC Supply Co AJ Foyt Racing Honda while Alex Tagliani was 29th for AJ Foyt Racing Honda while Buddy Lazier was the last driver to complete a timed lap.
Pippa Mann, Max Chilton and Takuma Sato will have to wait until tomorrow to retry their laps.