Dixon tops Indy 500 quali, Power on the brink
Sunday 23rd May, 2021 - 8:24am
Scott Dixon has continued his impressive build-up to the Indianapolis 500, setting the pace on day one of qualifying.
Dixon booked a spot in tomorrow’s Fast Nine shootout for pole position, when he will bid for his fourth first-place starting slot at the event.
Will Power and Simona De Silvestro will be among other drivers back in action tomorrow but with a whole different lot of pressure on them.
Having finished today outside the top 30, Power and De Silvestro will have to earn their place in the race via Last Chance qualifying tomorrow whereby five cars will battle it out for three spots.
With Dalton Kellett sneaking in, De Silvestro narrowly missed the cut in 31st despite two last-ditch efforts, ahead of Charlie Kimball, Power, Sage Karam and RC Enerson.
Further up the field, Scott McLaughlin secured his maiden start in the 500 by qualifying 17th.
Positions 10 to 30 from today will start the May 31 (AEST) race in the corresponding grid slot.
McLaughlin in fact was the best placed of all Team Penske drivers, with stable-mates Josef Newgarden 21st, Simon Pagenaud 26th and Power 33rd.
Among others McLaughlin outqualified were Juan Pablo Montoya (24th) and Sebastien Bourdais (27th).
As for Fast Nine, joining Dixon in the session will be Colton Herta, Tony Kanaan, Ed Carpenter, Reenus VeeKay, Helio Castroneves, Alex Palou, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marcus Ericsson.
Alexander Rossi just missed out in 10th, while rookie Pietro Fittipaldi delivered a fine four-lap run to qualify 13th.
A pair of half-hour practice blocks respectively dedicated to those in Last Chance and Fast Nine will proceed the decisive sessions.
Last Chance qualifying will take place between 03:15 and 04:30 (AEST), before a 45-minute Fast Nine session from 05:00 (AEST).
A two-hour Practice 8 session will then be held from 07:00.
Qualifying day one results: Indianapolis 500
|1||9||Scott Dixon||231.827||Fast Nine|
|2||26||Colton Herta||231.648||Fast Nine|
|3||48||Tony Kanaan||231.639||Fast Nine|
|4||20||Ed Carpenter||231.616||Fast Nine|
|5||21||Rinus VeeKay||231.483||Fast Nine|
|6||6||Helio Castroneves||231.164||Fast Nine|
|7||10||Alex Palou||231.145||Fast Nine|
|8||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||231.139||Fast Nine|
|9||8||Marcus Ericsson||231.104||Fast Nine|
|24||86||Juan Pablo Montoya||229.891|
|31||16||Simona De Silvestro||—–||Last Chance|
|32||11||Charlie Kimball||—–||Last Chance|
|33||12||Will Power||—–||Last Chance|
|34||24||Sage Karam||—–||Last Chance|
|35||75||RC Enerson||—–||Last Chance|