It’s finally here, race day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge takes place TODAY. It is just after 6AM, the gates are open and the weather warning has disappeared for now.
Here’s what to look out for today, after a fantastic month of May it all comes down to what happens on track today.
We have seen surprises in qualifying with defending series champion Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe and Graham Rahal starting down the field while we have had a huge upset with Fernando Alonso and McLaren Racing failing to qualify for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, which was described by McLaren CEO Zak Brown as the biggest failure of his 25 year motorsport career.
The biggest surprise was the fact that it was Juncos Racing’s Kyle Kaiser who bumped Fernando Alonso from the field.
The Ricardo Juncos owned team looked like they would not make the race as two weeks ago their main sponsors pulled the plug on the project however they were able to get it turned around and ahead of the race this week they have had an influx of new sponsors arrive to the team.
We have also seen Harding Steinbrenner Racing qualify upfront with rookie Colton Herta who starts the race from 5th place.
Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud will lead the field to the green flag after the 2017 IndyCar champion scored his first 500 pole position. Are you ready for The Greatest Spectacle In Racing?