Rossi misses out on pole but happy with Front Row start

Alexander Rossi qualified third for the 101st Indianapolis 500 - Credit: Forrest Mellott / IndyCar

Defending Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi will start his second attack on the legendary event from the outside of the front row, with his four-lap average of 231.475mph good enough for third place on the grid.

The Andretti Herta Autosport driver, who secured victory around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2016 in his first ever race around the famed 2.5-mile oval, had been on top of the time sheets before both Scott Dixon and Ed Carpenter went faster.

However Rossi was not displeased with his performance, with his front row start great for his team, but attention now turns to race performance, with just two more practice sessions coming before next Sunday’s race.

“Scott (Dixon) had an amazing run, he deserves (pole position),” said Rossi. “But we’re starting on the Front Row and that is great for the team. The NAPA boys did a great job today with the car.

“From here we focus on race running, we have Monday and Friday to run yet and then we will see what we’ve got on Sunday.”