The field has been set from 10th to 30th for next weekend’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge following a dramatic opening day of qualifying on Saturday, Six-time NTT IndyCar Series champion and current championship leader Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda was first out on track and led the way for the entire day, ending the session with a speed of 231.828MPH and is joined in the Firestone Fast Nine pole day shootout by his three Ganassi teammate’s Tony Kanaan, Marcus Ericsson and Alex Palou who crashed during his second run of four.

They are joined in the Fast Nine by Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta and Meyer Shank Racing’s Helio Castroneves who did a great job to make it into the Fast Nine with a speed of 231.164MPH and speaking following the action the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said:

The AutoNation / SiriusXM car was very solid. “Qualifying went exactly how we practiced it yesterday – we were actually a bit quicker than we anticipated which was perfect. Our goal was to get in the top nine so that we could have a shot at pole tomorrow and we did that. Tomorrow is a different day though and we’ll work to find some more speed overnight and be back at it for qualifying tomorrow.

Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda made it into the Fast Nine for Andretti Autosport with a 231.139MPH while Marcus Ericsson was ninth in the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda with a speed of 231.104MPH. Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda with 231.046MPH with Ed Jones in 11th with a speed of 231.044MPH while Pato O’Ward was 12th with a 230.864MPH for Arrow McLaren SP. Speaking following the session, O’Ward said:

“Saturday is finished and we were able to qualify 14th for the Indianapolis 500. It’s always quite an eventful qualifying day here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We went out in the first run which should be the optimal run because the track is the coolest. We felt like we were way too stuck, too much downforce on the car. We had a tricky Fast Friday, so we didn’t find the right balance, but the balance today was really good.

 

“We made some changes, went out in the end when the track is crazy hot and still, we improved quite a bit. You can always have hindsight but today was really positive and I think that was a nice recovery to 14th. Overall, pretty great day for the Arrow McLaren SP team”

Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing’s rookie Pietro Fittipaldi will start his first Indianapolis 500 from 13th place in the No.51 Nurtec ODT Honda and speaking following the action the Brazilian commented saying:

We knew we had a good car yesterday; the #51 Nurtec ODT Honda was very consistent but today is a new day. All the pressure and the hype, it’s four days of practice that are just building up to it. The nerves were there, it’s my first Indy 500 qualifying and it’s super intense. You have to go out and be committed and hold it wide open, flat out for four laps and we did that. The car was amazing, the Dale Coyne Racing with RWR team has done a great job. I’m just very happy to be here and super excited. We were thinking of going back out at the end to try and get into the Fast 9, I think the car had it in it, but at the end of the day we’re happy with where we qualified, and we didn’t want to risk it.

Felix Rosenqvist in the No.7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet starts the race from 14th with a speed of 230.744MPH just ahead of defending Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato in the No.30 Panasonic PeopleReady Honda who set a speed of 230.708MPH while James Hinchcliffe in the No.29 Genesys Honda starts the race from 16th place with a speed of 230.563MPH.

Speaking following the action, Felix Rosenqvist commented saying:

“Saturday is finished and we were able to qualify 14th for the Indianapolis 500. It’s always quite an eventful qualifying day here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We went out in the first run which should be the optimal run because the track is the coolest. We felt like we were way too stuck, too much downforce on the car. We had a tricky Fast Friday, so we didn’t find the right balance, but the balance today was really good.

 

“We made some changes, went out in the end when the track is crazy hot and still, we improved quite a bit. You can always have hindsight but today was really positive and I think that was a nice recovery to 14th. Overall, pretty great day for the Arrow McLaren SP team”

Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin in the No.3 Pennzoil Chevrolet will start his first Indy 500 from 17th place with a speed of 230.557MPH who is the fastest qualified Penske driver.

Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda will start the race from 18th with a speed of 230.521MPH and starts the race ahead of Conor Daly with a speed of 230.191MPH. Jack Harvey, in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda set a speed of 230.191MPH and speaking following the action he said:

Today was definitely a bit of a hectic day,. “I’ve never seen anything like that with the tire and I honestly just tried to bring it home. I’m just glad that we were able to do four laps at a decent pace to get us in the show. When you have an issue like we had this morning, it puts everyone in a high pressure situation. But everyone at Meyer Shank Racing dealt with it very well, they stayed as calm as you can while trying to quickly get the car ready again. So I have to say a big thanks to the team for working as hard as they did to get us back in for another go at the Indy 500.

Josef Newgarden starts the race from 21st place with a speed of 230.071MPH starting the race just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s JR Hildebrand who set a 229.980MPH in his only race of the season so far. Saintino Ferrucci in the No.45 Hy Vee Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing was 23rd with a speed of 229.948MPH.

Juan Pablo Montoya starts the race from 24th place in the No.86 Mission Foods Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet who set a speed of 229.891MPH and speaking following the action he said:

Qualifying went okay. We messed up the gears in the morning and lost a little bit of speed. But in the afternoon, we did another run, and we were pretty close. I think that’s the speed the No. 86 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet has in single-car run. It’s a little disappointing we didn’t get more but it’s what the car gave us today. The good news is, it’s a long race and I think we have a really strong car in race-trim. I’m looking forward to the race next Sunday

Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet Team President Taylor Kiel commented saying:

“We checked off the most important box today; getting all three Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolets in the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500. We are obviously disappointed that Pato didn’t get a chance to make one final attempt, as he had a real shot at getting into the Fast Nine. We saw his pace yesterday during Fast Friday practice. Felix did a great job coming back out and picking up four spots. He was one of only a few drivers who were able to improve their starting position, so that showed how much effort the team put in. Juan Pablo made a solid run at it but didn’t manage to improve on his second attempt. Ultimately, it was a strong day by the team and I can’t wait to see what these three drivers can do come race day.”

Marco Andretti starts the race from 25th place in the No.98 Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Honda starts the race from 26th place with a speed of 229.872MPH just ahead of Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet with a speed of 229.778MPH while Sebastien Bourdais in the No.14 ROKiT Chevrolet will roll-off 27th with a speed of 229.744MPH.

Stefa Wilson starts the race from 28th place with a speed of 229.714MPH and speaking following he said:

Max Chilton starts the race from 29th with a speed of 229.417MPH while Dalton Kellett starts 30th with a speed of 228.323MPH.

Team Penske’s Will Power, Paretta Autosport’s Simona De Silvestro, AJ Foyt Racing’s Charlie Kimball, Dreyer Reinbold Racing’s Sage Karam and Top Gun Racing’s RC Enerson will all be back on Sunday for the last row shootout.

 

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