Sublime Dixon hits 232mph to take Indianapolis 500 pole


Scott Dixon took pole position at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a third time on Sunday - Credit: David Yowe / IndyCar

Scott Dixon was in sublime form as he secured pole position for the 101st Indianapolis 500, with his four-lap average of 232.164mph denying Ed Carpenter by just half a mile per hour.

Three of Dixon’s four laps were above 232mph, and his fourth was just a little bit beneath that at 231.907mph, with the Chip Ganassi Racing driver taking his third pole position around the legendary 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Carpenter put his Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet into second place with a four-lap average of 231.664mph, which pushed 2016 winner Alexander Rossi to the outside of the front row, but it was still an impressive result of the Andretti Herta Autosport driver.

Takuma Sato was fourth fastest for Andretti Autosport, with the Japanese racer being one of only three drivers to set a lap above 232mph, but his final couple of laps dropped away in pace to fall behind Rossi.

Fernando Alonso will start his maiden Indianapolis 500 from the middle of the second row, with the Spaniard impressing with a four-lap average of 231.300mph for McLaren Honda Andretti, while JR Hildebrand will start on the outside of row two in the second of the two Ed Carpenter Racing machines with a four-lap average of 230.889mph.

Tony Kanaan was seventh fastest for Chip Ganassi Racing ahead of Marco Andretti of Andretti Autosport, while the leading Team Penske Chevrolet of Will Power qualified the slowest of those competing in the Fast Nine shootout.

Ryan Hunter-Reay showed what might have been by setting a four-lap average of 231.442mph to top the first stage of qualifying, which will see the Andretti Autosport start tenth on the grid, with Ed Jones continuing his impressive rookie run this week to qualify eleventh for Dale Coyne Racing.

Oriol Servia will start on the outside of row four for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, while Mikhail Aleshin was the best of the Schmidt Peterson Motorsport trio in thirteenth, and he will be joined on the fifth row by Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Max Chilton of Chip Ganassi Racing.

Charlie Kimball survived a small brush against the wall to qualify sixteenth for Chip Ganassi Racing, and he will be joined on the sixth row by last year’s pole sitter James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsport and Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya, the race winner in 2015.

Helio Castroneves will be disappointed to qualify only nineteenth in his Team Penske machine, with the Brazilian being joined on row seven by two one-off entries in the form of Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s Jay Howard and Dreyer & Reinbold’s Sage Karam.

Two more Team Penske drivers will be disappointed to qualify only twenty-second and twenty-third, with Josef Newgarden ahead of reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud, with row eight being completed by the leading AJ Foyt Racing machine of Carlos Muñoz.

Row nine will see Gabby Chaves on the inside for Harding Racing, with Conor Daly alongside him for AJ Foyt Racing and Jack Harvey twenty-seventh for the Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport team despite the latter brushing the wall and leaving a tyre mark against the barrier.

Pippa Mann qualified twenty-eighth for Dale Coyne Racing ahead of Juncos Racing’s Spencer Pigot, while Buddy Lazier managed to stay off the back row for his Lazier Partners Racing after both Sebastian Saavedra of Juncos Racing and Zach Veach of AJ Foyt Racing set slower times on their runs.

The only driver who didn’t take to the track was James Davison, with his #18 Dale Coyne Racing car not ready to run after the team were forced to build the spare car for the Australian after Sebastien Bourdais crashed the original car during Saturday’s session.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pole Day Qualifying Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMSPEED
19Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing232.164mph
220Ed CarpenterUSAEd Carpenter Racing231.664mph
398Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Herta Autosport231.475mph
426Takuma SatoJAPAndretti Autosport231.365mph
529Fernando AlonsoESPMcLaren Honda Andretti231.300mph
621JR HildebrandUSAEd Carpenter Racing230.889mph
710Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing230.828mph
827Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport230.474mph
912Will PowerAUSTeam Penske230.200mph
1028Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport231.442mph
1119Ed JonesUAEDale Coyne Racing230.578mph
1216Oriol ServiaESPRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing230.309mph
137Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports230.271mph
1415Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing230.253mph
158Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing230.068mph
1683Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing229.956mph
175James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports229.860mph
1822Juan Pablo MontoyaCOLTeam Penske229.565mph
193Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske229.515mph
2077Jay HowardGBRSchmidt Peterson Motorsports229.414mph
2124Sage KaramUSADreyer & Reinbold Racing229.380mph
222Josef NewgardenUSATeam Penske228.501mph
231Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske228.093mph
2414Carlos MunozCOLAJ Foyt Enterprises227.921mph
2588Gabby ChavesUSAHarding Racing226.921mph
264Conor DalyUSAAJ Foyt Enterprises226.439mph
2750Jack HarveyGBRMichael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport225.742mph
2863Pippa MannGBRDale Coyne Racing225.008mph
2911Spencer PigotUSAJuncos Racing224.052mph
3044Buddy LazierUSALazier Partners Racing223.417mph
3117Sebastian SaavedraCOLJuncos Racing221.142mph
3240Zach VeachUSAAJ Foyt Enterprises221.081mph
-18James DavisonAUSDale Coyne RacingNo Time