Indy 500: Day 2 qualifying

The fastest nine in the Indy 500 starting field battled for the top spot on pole day. Helio Castroneves was the man of the day, as he beat Penske to pole.

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Indy 500: Day 2 qualifying
Fuente imagen: Ed Carpenter Racing Twitter

  After the thirty three car field was set on day 1 of qualifying the fastest nine qualifiers got the chance to go out and try and snag the first starting spot on the grid on pole day. 

 Before that, positions ten through thirty three got a chance at bettering there starting spot for next Sunday. 

 Marco Andretti made some hepful progress by moving from seventeenth to twelfth spot on the grid. He will be looking to capture the fourth Indy 500 win for Andretti Autosport in the last five years. 

  A very big mover in the grid was Zach Clamen Demelo. Moving his number nineteen Honda from twenty sixth all the way up to thirteenth. This will be his Indy 500 debute.

 Defending Indy 500 champion Takuma Sato was able to move from twenty ninth to sixteenth. He will be looking to become the first back to back Indy 500 champion since Helio Castroneves in 2001 and 2002. 

  Charlie Kimball driving for new team Carlin Racing moved from twenty fifth to fifteenth. This will be Carlin’s first ever Indy 500. 

  Alexander Rossi on the other hand went very much the opposite direction falling from tenth all the way to thirty second. He will have to race his way through the field come Sunday. He did it before in 2016 after a bad pit stop, he would come through and win. 

 James Davison is really show casing his talent at Indy by moving from thirty third to ninteenth. He had a very strong run one year ago while filling in for Sebastien Bourdais running as high as sixth before getting caught up in an incident. He’s looking to rebound with AJ Foyt Racing

 Now for the Fast Nine.

 The first car to go out and attempt to post pole speed would be Danica Patrick. She would post a an average lap speed of 228.090 good for pole at the moment. 

  Next would be Scott Dixon who would be looking to win his second Indy 500. Dixon scored an average speed of 227.262. That would be just shy under Danica Patrick’s speed sitting right in second. 

 Josef Newgarden would be the first of the four Penske cars to get his chance. He would pace IMS on average of 228.405 mph. Bumping Danica out of the way for the top spot. 

 Spencer Pigot and Sebastien Bourdais would try and bump newgarden from the top spot but would come up short with averages of 228.107 and 228.142 

 Newgarden's Penske team mate Will Power would be the only one to bump Newgarden at an average of 228.607 

 The Frenchman Simon Pagenaud would soon bump Power from taking pole with a 228.761. 

 Second to last to go out would be Ed Carpenter who would post a whopping 230 mph first lap! He would come with an average of 229.618.

 The last guy to qualify would be the three time 500 champion Helio Castroneves. Helio would come up shy with the track conditions and setup, posting only a 227.869 good enough for only seventh. 

 Carpenter would be thrilled to win a third pole for Indy and have him and his team mates Spencer Pigot and Danica Patrick all in the top nine. 

 Final qualifying results 

1. Ed Carpenter 

2. Simon Pagenaud 

3. Will Power 

4. Josef Newgarden 

5. Sebastien Bourdais 

6. Spencer Pigot

7. Danica Patrick

8. Helio Castroneves 

9. Scott Dixon

10. Tony Kanaan 

11. Matheus Leist 

12. Marco Andretti 

13. Zach Clamen Demelo 

14. Ryan Hunter-Reay

15. Charlie Kimball 

16. Takuma Sato 

17. Kyle Kaiser 

18. Robert Wickens 

19. James Davison 

20. Max Chilton 

21. Carlos Munoz 

22. Gabby Chaves 

23. Stefan Wilson 

24. Sage Karam 

25. Zach Veach 

26. Oriol Servia 

27. JR Hildebrand 

28. Jay Howard 

29. Ed Jones 

30. Graham Rahal 

31. Jack Harvey 

32. Alexander Rossi 

33. Conor Daly 

 watch the 102nd running the Indianapolis 500 May 27th on ABC and check back to MotorLat for all your IndyCar news and updates and features. 

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