by Tim Wohlford In a high-drama day, delayed by rain, Penske Chevy driver Simon Pagenaud put up 3 laps over 230 mph and averaged 229.992 mph over 4-laps to win the pole for the 103rd Indy 500 - the 18th Indy 500 pole for Team Penske. The Ed Carpenter Chevy team took the other two front row spots with Ed Carpenter 2nd quick and Ed Jones putting up the 3rd best 4-lap average. But perhaps the biggest shock of the day was F1 team McLaren and 2-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso failing to make the race - just too slow by 13/1000th of a second over the 10 mile run.
by Tim Wohlford So much for the snotty F1 fans thinking their series is superior. McLaren and Fernando Alonso were bumped out of the Indy 500 by the minnow IndyCar team Juncos and their young American Kyle Kaiser. Sage Karam, James Hinchcliffe and Kyle Kaiser are all in the 2019 Indy 500. Fernando Alonso, Pato O'Ward and Max Chilton are out of the race. Team officials emphatically rule out a ride-buy for Fernando, so, he's out...
by Tim Wohlford Should Fernando Alonso not make the Indy 500 this year -- and the odds are not in his favor -- then he will join a long line of F1 greats (and also-rans) who came to Indy just to have a miserable time. From Ascari to Andretti, F1 success has often been allusive -- and sometimes the results have been catastrophic. Consider the long list of woe encountered by just a few of the F1 drivers....
by Brian Fahie Drama, excitement, surprises, tears. First-day qualifying for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge had it all. But then, that’s become the norm for qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Following Saturday’s intense action on the hallowed 2.5-mile superspeedway oval. Our Brian Fahie captures some of the emotion down on pit lane.
Fast-9 plus too slow Alonso Participants Fernando Alonso, too slow to qualify Ed Carpenter, 7th Spencer Pigot, Fastest Ed Jones, 6th Colton Herta, Fastest rookie in 5th Alexander Rossi, 8th Pippa Mann, 30th Will Power, 2nd Josef Newgarden, 4th Sebastien Bourdais, 9th Simon Pagenaud, 3rd
Indy 500 Quals Day 1: Pigot fastest, Alonso too slow
by Tim Wohlford Ed Carpenter Racing's Spencer Pigot turned the fastest qualifying speed on Day 1 in qualifying for the 103rd Indy 500 and he and 8 others earned a chance to run for pole on Sunday if the weatherman cooperates. Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, Josef Newgarden, Colton Herta, Ed Jones, Ed Carpenter, Alexander Rossi and Sebastien Bourdais locked in spots 1-9, but the order may change. Spots 10-30 were also locked in with Pippa Mann the slowest in 30th. Sunday will see 6 drivers, including Fernando Alonso go for the final 3 spots.
Conor Daly turns fastest lap on Fast-Friday at Indy
Ed Jones again fastest w/o a tow Conor Daly, this year driving for Andretti Autosport, turned the fastest lap on Fast Friday at 231.704 mph to top teammate Marco Andretti who sat at the top most of the day. However, Daly only had the 22nd fastest no-tow time and Marco the 7th. The real top-dogs on Fast Friday, a day when the turbo boost gets turned up on all the engines, were Ed Jones, Ed Carpenter and Alexander Rossi who had the fastest no-tow speeds and go into qualifying as the early pole favorites.
Ahead of Qualifying Participants Roger Penske, Owner, Team Penske Rick Mears, Consultant, Team Penske Tim Cindric, President, Team Penske Will Power, Driver Helio Castroneves, Driver Simon Pagenaud, Driver Josef Newgarden, Driver
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