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

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