All four Penskes make Fast 9, Hinchcliffe bumped

Helio Castroneves

Helio Castroneves topped the first day of qualifying but James Hinchcliffe’s 2018 Indianapolis 500 campaign could already over after he failed to make the top 33.

Castroneves will be joined by his four Team Penske team-mates in Sunday’s (local time) Fast 9 after Simon Pagenaud (#22 Chevrolet) finished the day third, Will Power (#12 Chevrolet) fourth, and Josef Newgarden (#1 Chevrolet) seventh.

The Brazilian and his signature #3 were fastest with a four-lap average speed of 228.919mph (368.409km/h) in what is set to be his second and final IndyCar race meeting this year.

Hinchcliffe had not made a qualifying attempt before a rain delay of approximately two hours and could only manage an average of 224.784mph (361.755km/h) when the #5 Schmidt Peterson Honda was the first car back on-track.

He aborted a second run due to what he described on his radio as a “wicked vibration”, and ran out of time to make a third run.

The 2016 Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter could still take the start in just over a week’s time given that the car qualifies for the race, as opposed to the driver.

There was better news for Ed Carpenter Racing with all three of its drivers making the Fast 9, namely Carpenter himself (#20 Chevrolet) in second, Spencer Pigot (#21 Chevrolet), and Danica Patrick (#13 Chevrolet) in what is set to be her racing swansong.

Honda’s only drivers on the first three rows of the grid will be Sebastien Bourdais (#18 DCR w/ Vasser-Sullivan) and Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi).

James Davison just made it into the top 33 only a day after crashing the #33 Foyt w/ Byrd-Hollinger-Belardi Chevrolet in practice.

Pole Day begins with separate practice sessions for the cars which will start in positions 10 to 33 and those in the Fast 9.

The former group will then qualify on Monday morning from 0445 AEST, and the latter from 0700.

Highlights: Bump Day

Results: Bump Day Qualifying

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Lap 1 Lap 2 Lap 3 Lap 4 Total time Avg speed (mph) Qual on Status
1 3 Helio Castroneves D/C/F 39.3460 39.2828 39.2875 39.3444 2:37.2607 228.919 Day 1
2 20 Ed Carpenter D/C/F 39.2557 39.3170 39.3552 39.4888 2:37.4167 228.692 Day 1
3 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F 39.4325 39.3977 39.4066 39.4477 2:37.6845 228.304 Day 1
4 12 Will Power D/C/F 39.4830 39.4398 39.4305 39.4071 2:37.7604 228.194 Day 1
5 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F 39.4156 39.4224 39.5001 39.4941 2:37.8322 228.090 Day 1
6 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F 39.4337 39.4239 39.4618 39.5394 2:37.8588 228.052 Day 1
7 1 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 39.4263 39.4308 39.4464 39.5573 2:37.8608 228.049 Day 1
8 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 39.4394 39.4830 39.5551 39.5682 2:38.0457 227.782 Day 1
9 13 Danica Patrick D/C/F 39.4684 39.5436 39.5527 39.6007 2:38.1654 227.610 Day 1
10 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 39.4294 39.5200 39.6090 39.6412 2:38.1996 227.561 Day 1
11 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F 39.6028 39.5189 39.5403 39.5743 2:38.2363 227.508 Day 1
12 4 Matheus Leist D/C/F 39.5120 39.6111 39.5717 39.5878 2:38.2826 227.441 Day 1
13 10 Ed Jones D/H/F 39.5935 39.6425 39.6612 39.6969 2:38.5941 226.995 Day 1
14 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 39.5556 39.6166 39.7279 39.7237 2:38.6238 226.952 Day 1
15 29 Carlos Munoz D/H/F 39.6732 39.7171 39.7207 39.7592 2:38.8702 226.600 Day 1
16 66 JR Hildebrand D/C/F 39.6965 39.6848 39.7542 39.8054 2:38.9409 226.499 Day 1
17 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F 39.7218 39.8197 39.7832 39.8590 2:39.1837 226.154 Day 1
18 7 Jay Howard D/H/F 39.7591 39.7870 39.8063 39.8709 2:39.2233 226.098 Day 1
19 24 Sage Karam D/C/F 39.8609 39.7629 39.7871 39.8350 2:39.2459 226.065 Day 1
20 6 Robert Wickens D/H/F 39.7459 39.8424 39.8592 39.8766 2:39.3241 225.955 Day 1
21 32 Kyle Kaiser D/C/F 39.7450 39.8074 39.8642 39.9222 2:39.3388 225.934 Day 1
22 25 Stefan Wilson D/H/F 39.7846 39.8047 39.8599 39.9069 2:39.3561 225.909 Day 1
23 88 Gabby Chaves D/C/F 39.7941 39.8300 39.8761 39.9271 2:39.4273 225.808 Day 1
24 26 Zach Veach D/H/F 39.7337 39.8180 39.9202 39.9579 2:39.4298 225.805 Day 1
25 23 Charlie Kimball D/C/F 39.7501 39.8494 39.9953 39.8725 2:39.4673 225.752 Day 1
26 19 Zachary Claman DeMelo D/H/F 39.8091 39.8800 39.8841 39.9149 2:39.4881 225.722 Day 1
27 60 Jack Harvey D/H/F 39.7996 39.8525 39.9158 39.9215 2:39.4894 225.720 Day 1
28 59 Max Chilton D/C/F 39.8661 39.8524 39.8671 39.9419 2:39.5275 225.666 Day 1
29 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F 39.7577 39.8607 40.1544 39.8634 2:39.6362 225.513 Day 1
30 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 39.9401 39.9292 39.9339 39.9082 2:39.7114 225.407 Day 1
31 64 Oriol Servia D/H/F 39.9216 39.9581 39.9219 40.1937 2:39.9953 225.007 Day 1
32 17 Conor Daly D/H/F 39.9928 40.0111 40.0315 40.0543 2:40.0897 224.874 Day 1
33 33 James Davison D/C/F 39.9033 39.9934 40.0588 40.1884 2:40.1439 224.798 Day 1 On Bubble
34 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 39.5344 39.5292 39.5404 39.5747 2:38.1787 227.591 Day 1 Retired
35 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F 39.6541 39.6726 39.6538 39.6682 2:38.6487 226.916 Day 1 Retired
36 6 Robert Wickens D/H/F 39.7550 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0:39.7550 226.387 Day 1 No Attempt
37 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F 39.6725 39.5854 39.7919 40.0933 2:39.1431 226.212 Day 1 Retired
38 60 Jack Harvey D/H/F 39.9106 39.9438 39.9739 40.0065 2:39.8348 225.233 Day 1 Retired
39 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F 39.9211 39.9389 39.9738 40.0473 2:39.8811 225.167 Day 1 Failed Attempt
40 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F 39.9378 40.0206 40.1031 40.0926 2:40.1541 224.784 Day 1 Withdrawn
41 17 Conor Daly D/H/F 39.9498 40.0617 40.0995 40.0769 2:40.1879 224.736 Day 1 Withdrawn
42 63 Pippa Mann D/H/F 40.0303 40.0467 40.1535 40.2260 2:40.4565 224.360 Day 1 Withdrawn
43 63 Pippa Mann D/H/F 40.1200 40.1771 40.2679 40.3967 2:40.9617 223.656 Day 1 Waved Off
44 63 Pippa Mann D/H/F 40.1929 40.3275 40.3347 40.3320 2:41.1871 223.343 Day 1 Failed Attempt
45 17 Conor Daly D/H/F 40.0243 40.5358 40.4942 40.6099 2:41.6642 222.684 Day 1 Withdrawn
46 64 Oriol Servia D/H/F 40.5583 40.8462 41.2861 0.0000 2:02.6906 220.066 Day 1 Waved Off
47 64 Oriol Servia D/H/F 44.6739 45.8510 46.2987 0.0000 2:16.8236 197.334 Day 1 Waved Off
48 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0:00.0000 Day 1 No Attempt

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