Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon has qualified on pole for the 101st running of the Indy 500, posting a four-lap average of 232.164 mph Sunday to take the Verizon P1 Award .
Joining Dixon on the front row of the Indy grid next Sunday will be Ed Carpenter Racing’s Ed Carpenter, who turned in a four-lap average of 231.664 mph. Beside Dixon and Carpenter will be reigning Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, who averaged 231.487 over four laps in his Andretti Autosport Honda to qualify third.
Dixon was well clear of Carpenter with his 232 mph plus run, which according to IndyCar.com was the fastest single- and four-lap qualifying speeds seen at IMS since 1996. Dixon was even surprised by his pace – telling reporters post-session that he initially thought there was something wrong with the timing on his dash.
“I thought maybe the dash had broken on the steering wheel and brought up a fake number,” Dixon said. “We seriously didn’t expect to see the speed that we did. Big day for us. … Today we managed to get it done and we’re starting in the right place. The hard part now is to keep it there.”
Completing the second row was Rossi’s Andretti teammate and McLaren Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso in fourth (231.300 mph), Andretti’s Takuma Sato in fifth (231.365 mph) and Ed Carpenter’s JR Hildebrand in sixth (230.889 mph).
Coverage for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will begin at 11 a.m. ET on May 28th on ABC. Click here for full qualifying results.