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Sunday 21st May, 2017 - 9:48am

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Ed Carpenter has clocked the fastest four-lap run during Day 1 of Qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, while Fernando Alonso and Will Power also booked their places in the Fast 9 shootout.

Qualifying was delayed for five hours due to rain at Indianapolis, taking away any option for drivers to make multiple runs, effectively creating a 33-car shootout.

With the order determined by a random draw, Juan Pablo Montoya was the first of the big names, heading out on track second in his Team Penske Chevrolet.

Tony Kanaan, third out in a Chip Ganassi Honda, was first to lap at an average above 230mph (368km/h), before Power went fastest immediately after in his #12 Penske Chevrolet.

Scott Dixon was 10th out and the 2008 Indy 500 winner took over top spot in his Chip Ganassi Honda with a 230.333mph (370.685km/h) average.

Alonso appeared five cars later and completed his first two laps above 230mph before achieving an average of 230.034mph (370.204km/h) in his McLaren/Andretti Honda, ending his run third-fastest at the time.

Defending race winner Alex Rossi slotted into second in his Andretti Honda before his team-mate Takuma Sato set a new benchmark two cars later.

With Hondas provisionally locking out the front row, Ed Carpenter put Chevrolet on top with a 230.468mph (370.902km/h) average.

He and Sato were the only men to lap above 230mph in each of their four laps, as Carpenter’s team-mate JR Hildebrand went fourth on his late run.

Power, meanwhile, will be Penske’s sole representative in the Fast 9, who will now shoot it out for pole position tomorrow.

A crash for Sebastien Bourdais during his qualifying run, which had seen him quickest at the time, has left the Frenchman facing surgery after suffering multiple fractures in the impact.

Sunday’s program begins with Practice 7 from Monday morning AEST at 0200, followed by qualifying for positions 10 to 33 at 0445 and the Fast 9 at 0700.

Qualifying: Day 1: Indianapolis 500

Pos Driver C/A/E/T Lap 1 Lap 2 Lap 3 Lap 4 Total time
1 Carpenter, Ed D/C/C/F 39.0164 39.0167 39.0832 39.0873 2:36.2036
2 Sato, Takuma D/H/H/F 38.9828 39.0711 39.0904 39.1178 2:36.2621
3 Dixon, Scott D/H/H/F 39.0084 39.0419 39.0991 39.1459 2:36.2953
4 Hildebrand, JR D/C/C/F 38.9891 39.0632 39.1422 39.1877 2:36.3822
5 Rossi, Alexander D/H/H/F 39.0827 39.0810 39.1049 39.1522 2:36.4208
6 Power, Will D/C/C/F 39.0834 39.1422 39.1378 39.1093 2:36.4727
7 Alonso, Fernando D/H/H/F 39.0731 39.0862 39.1569 39.1823 2:36.4985
8 Kanaan, Tony D/H/H/F 39.0725 39.1027 39.1272 39.2146 2:36.5170
9 Andretti, Marco D/H/H/F 39.0789 39.1288 39.1735 39.1925 2:36.5737
10 Jones, Ed D/H/H/F 39.1380 39.1594 39.1960 39.2213 2:36.7147
11 Kimball, Charlie D/H/H/F 39.0947 39.1837 39.2151 39.2238 2:36.7173
12 Chilton, Max D/H/H/F 39.1433 39.1652 39.3025 39.1590 2:36.7700
13 Hunter-Reay, Ryan D/H/H/F 39.1516 39.2015 39.2077 39.2797 2:36.8405
14 Castroneves, Helio D/C/C/F 39.1978 39.2093 39.2287 39.3024 2:36.9382
15 Aleshin, Mikhail D/H/H/F 39.2242 39.2217 39.2905 39.3198 2:37.0562
16 Rahal, Graham D/H/H/F 39.2718 39.2972 39.3660 39.3833 2:37.3183
17 Newgarden, Josef D/C/C/F 39.2925 39.3425 39.3853 39.3936 2:37.4139
18 Montoya, Juan Pablo D/C/C/F 39.2948 39.3733 39.3822 39.3992 2:37.4495
19 Hinchcliffe, James D/H/H/F 39.3832 39.3937 39.3495 39.3833 2:37.5097
20 Pagenaud, Simon D/C/C/F 39.2922 39.4352 39.4364 39.4594 2:37.6232
21 Karam, Sage D/C/C/F 39.3278 39.4423 39.5362 39.6279 2:37.9342
22 Howard, Jay D/H/H/F 39.3913 39.4764 39.5359 39.5929 2:37.9965
23 Munoz, Carlos D/C/C/F 39.5135 39.5228 39.6011 39.6476 2:38.2850
24 Servia, Oriol D/H/H/F 39.1354 39.6344 39.7733 39.9425 2:38.4856
25 Harvey, Jack D/H/H/F 39.6697 39.6629 39.6618 39.6697 2:38.6641
26 Chaves, Gabby D/C/C/F 39.6355 39.6741 39.7054 39.6629 2:38.6779
27 Daly, Conor D/C/C/F 39.8265 39.8429 39.8258 39.8587 2:39.3539
28 Saavedra, Sebastian D/C/C/F 39.7648 39.7966 39.9560 39.9051 2:39.4225
29 Pigot, Spencer D/C/C/F 40.2858 40.2520 40.2425 40.1995 2:40.9798
30 Lazier, Buddy D/C/C/F 40.6461 40.6836 40.6388 40.6135 2:42.5820
31 Mann, Pippa D/H/H/F 39.8630 40.5798 41.9301 41.7995 2:44.1724
32 Bourdais, Sebastien D/H/H/F 38.8816 38.8609 0.0000 0.0000 No attempt
33 Veach, Zach D/C/C/F No attempt No attempt

(C)hassis: D=Dallara | (A)erokit: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)yre: F=Firestone

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