Chip Ganassi Racing’s six-time NTT IndyCar Series champion and current championship leader, Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank set the fastest speed of 231.828MPH to set the fastest speed on the opening day of qualifying for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 and in doing so has guaranteed his place in the field of 33 but also gives him the opportunity go for the pole in the Firestone Fast Nine shootout on Sunday.
Dixon is joined in the Firestone Fast Nine by his Ganassi teammate, Tony Kanaan who is making his first-ever appearance in the Fast Nine while Alex Palou and Marcus Ericsson are also in the Fast Nine.
Speaking following the action, the Iceman said:
“Man, you forget how stressful this [qualifying] is! You start to shake a bit. That’s the first time I’ve evergone first [in line for qualifying, determined by a draw], but huge credit to everyone at Hondaand on the PNC Bank car. Our goal today was just to get into the ‘Fast Nine’ [second-roundqualifying to determine the pole and first three rows of the 33-car starting field]. It’s great thatour initial time held, and I feel confident we’re in good shape for [final qualifying] tomorrow, and always proud to be powered by Honda.”