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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

2017 Indianapolis 500 Milk Selections

Below is the milk of choice for each 2017 Indianapolis 500 driver should they pull into victory lane on Sunday.

The chart also lists each driver's choice back to 2013.

2017 Driver Selection Breakdown
Whole - 17
2% - 12
Fat-Free - 3
No Pref -  1

Changes From 2016
Aleshin - Whole to 2%
Rahal - 2% to Whole
Pigot - Fat Free to Whole

Whole
2017 - 51.5%
2016 - 51.5%
2015 - 45.5%
2014 - 27.3%
2013 - 24.2%

2%
2017 - 36.4%
2016 - 39.4%
2015 - 42.4%
2014 - 48.5%
2013 - 48.5%

Fat Free
2017 - 9.1%
2016 - 9.1%
2015 - 12.1%
2014 - 15.2%
2013 - 12.1%

No Pref
2017 - 3%
2016 - 0%
2015 - 0%
2014 - 9.1%
2013 - 15.2%


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dixon Wins Pole At Indianapolis

The starting grid for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 is set.

Scott Dixon captured the pole with a 4-lap average of 232.164mph, the  quickest qualifying speed seen at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 21-years. You would have to go back to 1996 when Arie Luyendyk set the all-time qualifying record of 236.986mph.

Dixon's pole win was his 3rd, tying Johnny Rutherford, Mario Andretti, Tom Sneva and Arie Luyendyk for 5th all time. Only Rick Mears (6), Rex Mays (4), A.J. Foyt (4) and Helio Castroneves (4) have more.

The field is made up of

4 - Rookies (Alonso, Jones, Harvey & Veach)
12 - Teams
12 - Countries (New Zealand, USA, Japan, Spain, Brazil, Australia, Dubai, Russia, England, Canada, Colombia, France)
7 - States (Indiana, California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Colorado)
7 - Former Winners (Rossi, Montoya, Hunter-Reay, Kanaan, Castroneves, Dixon & Lazier)

The Starting Field

1 - Scott Dixon - 232.164 mph
2 - Ed Carpenter - 231.664  mph  
3 - Alexander Rossi - 231.487 mph  
4 - Takuma Sato - 231.365 mph    
5 - Fernando Alonso - 231.300 mph  
6 - JR Hildebrand - 230.889 mph
7 - Tony Kanaan - 230.828 mph  
8 - Marco Andretti - 230.474 mph  
9 - Will Power - 230.200 mph
10 - Ryan Hunter-Reay - 231.442 mph  
11 - Ed Jones, Honda - 230.578 mph
12 - Oriol Servia, Honda - 230.309 mph  
13 - Mikhail Aleshin 230.271 mph
14 - Graham Rahal - 230.253 mph
15 - Max Chilton - 230.068 mph
16 - Charlie Kimball - 229.956 mph  
17 - James Hinchcliffe - 229.860 mph  
18 - Juan Pablo Montoya - 229.565 mph
19 - Helio Castroneves - 229.515 mph
20 - Jay Howard - 229.414 mph
21 - Sage Karam, Chevrolet - 229.380 mph  
22 - Josef Newgarden - 228.501 mph
23 - Simon Pagenaud - 228.093 mph
24 - Carlos Munoz - 227.921 mph
25 - Gabby Chaves - 226.921 mph  
26 - Conor Daly - 226.439 mph  
27 - Jack Harvey - 225.742 mph  
28 - Pippa Mann - 225.008 mph  
29 - Spencer Pigot - 224.052 mph
30 - Buddy Lazier - 223.417 mph  
31 - Sebastian Saavedra - 221.142 mph
32 - Zach Veach - 221.081 mph    
33 - James Davison - no speed

James Davison To Replace Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing has tapped James Davison to pilot the No. 18 car left vacant by the injured Sebastien Bourdais.

Davison has previously started the "500" two times. In 2014 he ran with KVRT and in 2015 with Dale Coyne. He's started 28th & 33rd and finished 16th & 27th.

Stefan Wilson, who gave up his ride with Andretti to make way for Fernando Alonso, was seen entering and leaving the Coyne garage Sunday morning.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Indianapolis 500 Qualifications Day 1

The first day of qualifications for the 101st Indianapolis 500 was filled with ups and downs. But mainly downs.

The biggest news of the day came about halfway through qualifications when Sebastien Bourdais lost control of his No. 18 Honda on his 3rd of 4 qualifying laps.

After running the two quickest laps of the day, Bourdais' back end got out from under him near the apex of Turn 2. The car overcorrected, sending the French driver directly into the SAFER barrier. While sliding down the back straight, the Dallara turned, flipped, flipped back, spun, and eventually came to a stop. After a few minutes Sebastien was extricated from his car, placed on a backboard and transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

According to the INDYCAR PR Staff, Bourdais was awake, alert and never lost consciousness.

UPDATE 5/20 8:09 - Bourdais suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture to his right hip. He will undergo surgery tonight.

UPDATE 5/21 11:25am - According to INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows “Surgery went well. I’ve met with Sebastien this morning and he was doing even better than I expected”

31 of the 33 entered cars made qualifying attempts today. Zach Veach, who crashed late in the day on Friday did not make an attempt and the No. 18 car of Bourdais did not have a time.

The quickest 9 cars are locked into the front 3 rows and will re-qualify tomorrow for their starting positions.

Those currently in positions 10-33 will also re-qualify tomorrow for the back 8 rows.

Fast 9

1 - Carpenter
2 - Sato
3 - Dixon
4 - Hildebrand
5 - Rossi
6 - Power
7 - Alonso
8 - Kanaan
9 - Andretti

Friday, May 19, 2017

Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 5

The first problem of the day happened early, when the No. 50 entry of Jack Harvey appeared to have an engine issue. Harvey had a crash in Turn 3 earlier in the week.

The second incident came at the expense of Spencer Pigot. The Juncos driver lost control in Turn 2 and continued down the back stretch. Pigot got out under his own power and has been cleared to drive.

The third and final incident came late in the day at the hands of rookie driver Zach Veach. Without spinning, Veach hit the wall at the exit of Turn 1.  His Chevrolet powered car slid through the chute and into the Turn 2 wall. After a few seconds, the Ohio native exited under his own power and has been cleared to drive

Fast Friday's Chart

1 - Bourdais - 233.116
2 - Hunter-Reay - 232.132
3 - Sato - 231.969
4 - Alonso - 231.827
5 - Montoya - 231.682
6 - Hinchcliffe - 231.517
7 - Aleshin - 231.447
8 - Howard - 231.255
9 - Jones - 231.252
10 - Rossi - 231.191
11 - Kanaan - 231.054
12 - Dixon - 231.016
13 - Castroneves - 230.982
14 - Servia - 230.887
15 - Andretti - 230.769
16 - Power - 230.717
17 - Carpenter - 230.712
18 - Chilton - 230.636
19 - Hildebrand - 230.627
20 - Kimball - 230.335
21 - Mann - 230.103
22 - Rahal - 230.007
23 - Pagenaud - 229.973
24 - Newgarden -228. 624
25 - Harvey - 228.426
26 - Karam - 228.159
27 - Munoz - 227.956
28 - Daly - 227.225
29 - Chaves - 227.168
30 - Veach - 227.082
31 - Saavedra - 226.224
32 - Pigot - 226.170
33 - Lazier - 219.640

Qualification Order

Qual Order

1 - Pippa Mann
2 - Juan Pablo Montoya
3 - Tony Kanaan
4 - Will Power
5 - Jay Howard
6 - Ed Jones
7 - Helio Castroneves
8 - Sage Karam
9 - Ryan Hunter-Reay
10 - Scott Dixon
11 - Simon Pagenaud
12 - Zach Veach
13 - James Hinchcliffe
14 - Conor Daly
15 - Graham Rahal
16 - Fernando Alonso
17 - Spencer Pigot
18 - Max Chilton
19 - Charlie Kimball
20 - Sebastien Bourdais
21 - Alexander Rossi
22 - Marco Andretti
23 - Takuma Sato
24 - Josef Newgarden
25 - Sebastian Saavedra
26 - Jack Harvey
27 - Oriol Servia
28 - Buddy Lazier
29 - Ed Carpenter
30 - Carlos Munoz
31 - Mikhail Aleshin
32 - JR Hildebrand
33 - Gabby Chaves