Indy 500: Day 1 Qualifying

The results and drama surrounding Bump Day for the Indy 500

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Indy 500: Day 1 Qualifying
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 The tradition and drama return this year as thirty five cars go for thirty three spots in the starting field for Indy. 

 Helio Castroneves showed why he deserves another shot at Indy regardless of his sports car commitment. He ran the fastest average lap speed at 228.919. This could potential be Helio’s last shot at joining the illustrious four time Indy 500 winners club along with AJ Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.

 Ed Carpenter, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power Sebastien Bourdais, Spencer Pigot, Josef Newgarden, Scott Dixon and Danica Patrick were all the other drivers that qualified in the fast nine that will battle for pole on May 20th. 

  AJ Foyt Racing teammates Tony Kanaan and Matheus Leist would qualify eleventh and twelfth. They are looking to bring Foyt back to victory lane. 

 An unexpected qualifying effort was that of Marco Andretti qualifying seventeenth. Marco had not fallen out of the top five in any of the previous practice sessions. He will definetly be looking towards his setup and the power of the Honda engines to get him to the front come race day. 

 Another unexpected effort was that of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team. Takuma Sato, Graham Rahal and Oriol Servia who is driving for a joint effort between Scuderia Corsa and RLL qualified twentyninth, thirtieth and thirty first. They will also be looking at their Honda horsepower to bounce them to the front. 

 Once all thirty five cars had made attempt at qualifying, the bumping began. First was Conor Daly, who had been thirty fourth right below the cut line went out and made it one spot better in thirty third on the cut line bumping Pippa Mann. 

 Right after that Oriol Servia would attempt to get in from a thirty fifth fastest speed, he would find speed snagging the thirty first spot bumping Conor Daly

 Conor Daly would return to the track qualifying thirty second bumping James Hinchcliffe believe it or not.

 Hinchcliffe would withdraw his time and go back out to get back in the show but while on his outlap, he would feel a vibration and come back in the assess the damage but the clock was ticking. 

 Alexander Rossi would go out to better his position to try and make the fast nine but would come up just short in tenth. 

 With very little time left, Pippa Mann would be the last car to try and get in the show. The clock would run down during her run and they would wave her off signifying the run would not be quick enough. 

 Pippa Mann and James Hinchcliffe would not qualify for this years Indy 500. 

 On a lighter note James Davison would make the show in thirty third after crashing in qualifying and his team working day and night to repair their car. 

 Qualifying results:

1. Helio Castroneves 

2. Ed Carpenter

3. Simon Pagenaud 

4. Will Power 

5. Sebastien Bourdais 

6. Spencer Pigot 

7. Josef Newgarden 

8. Scott Dixon 

9. Danica Patrick 

10. Alexander Rossi 

11. Tony Kanaan 

12. Matheus Leist 

13. Ed Jones 

14. Ryan Hunter-Reay 

15. Carlos Munoz 

16. JR Hildebrand 

17. Marco Andretti 

18. Jay Howard 

19. Saga Karam 

20. Robert Wickens 

21. Kyle Kaiser 

22. Stefan Wilson 

23. Gabby Chaves 

24. Zach Veach 

25. Charlie Kimball 

26. Zach Clamen Demelo 

27. Zach Veach 

28. Max Chilton 

29. Takuma Sato 

30. Graham Rahal 

31. Oriol Servia 

32. Conor Daly 

33. James Davison 

 Watch the second day of qualifying on May 20th on ABC and be sure to check back here for IndyCar news and updates regularly right here on MotorLat. 

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