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2017 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Saturday Qualifying Results - Carpenter, Chevrolet On Provisional Pole!
Posted by: ASkyler on May 20, 2017 - 07:13 PM
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2017 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Saturday Qualifying Results - Carpenter, Chevrolet On Provisional Pole!



Ed Carpenter and his No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet put up the best four-lap qualifying average of the day at 230.468 mph to take provisional pole for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Ed Carpenter and his No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet put up the best four-lap qualifying average of the day at 230.468 mph to take provisional pole for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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By Mike Sulka

Good day for Honda, better day for Chevrolet. Ed Carpenter and his No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet put up the best four-lap qualifying average of the day at 230.468 mph to take provisional pole for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "I thought I could run a 230, but didn't know if I could do four of them. I asked them to pull a six during the draw, but they pulled a 60. With the track continuing to cool off today, 60 was the better draw! I just love racing here!"

Behind, seven of the top 10 qualifiers were powered by Honda.

Takuma Sato drove his four qualifying laps late in the day, and was the best performing Honda. A nice day for a Japanese driver.

Scott Dixon qualified early when the track was green from the hard morning rains. His time held up well through most of the day, ending up third on the timesheets.

JR Hildebrand and his No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet was fourth quick - provisionally - and will have a second shot tomorrow to take Pole from his boss.

2016 Indianapois 500 winner Alexander Rossi will start in the top nine in 2017. He was fifth quick today.

Will Power was sixth quick today, and the best of a struggling Team Penske series of cars.

Two-time Formula One F1 drivers champion Fernando Alonso officially qualified - provisionally seventh - for his first Indianapolis 500. Alonso got out of the car, was pleased with the result, and clearly wanted to give it another go saying, "I think there is more in the car!" The worst he will start would be ninth.

The fastest car of the day, didn't finish its qualifying run. Sebastien Bourdais turned the two fastest laps of the day - 231.7 mph and 231.5 mph - and as he entered Turn Two on his third lap his rear swung out. Bourdais turned the wheel saved it, but the angle was all wrong. His Dale Coyne Honda powered IndyCar slammed the wall on the right side at a 45 degree angle, swung around, flipped over and back onto its wheels. The IndyCar Safety Team would reach Bourdais 11 seconds later. While Bourdais was awake, and alert, he was taken to the local hospital due to complaints of hip, and lower extremity pain.

Whether an IndyCar is fast or slow, it is usually on the edge.

After a 30 minute clean-up and repair of the SAFER barrier, qualifying would resume.

Next up, all the times will be erased and the IndyCars will re-qualify. The top nine qualifiers from today will get a chance to start from Pole, and the rest of the field will sort out their official starting order.


 
Pos Driver 4-lap average

1 Ed Carpenter 230.468
2 Takuma Sato 230.382
3 Scott Dixon 230.333
4 JR Hildebrand 230.205
5 Alexander Rossi 230.148
6 Will Power 230.072
7 Fernando Alonso 230.034
8 Tony Kanaan 230.007
9 Marco Andretti 229.924
10 Ed Jones 229.717
11 Charlie Kimball 229.713
12 Max Chilton 229.636
13 Ryan Hunter-Reay 229.533
14 Helio Castroneves 229.390
15 Mikhail Aleshin 229.217
16 Graham Rahal 228.835
17 Josef Newgarden 228.696
18 Juan Pablo Montoya 228.645
19 James Hinchcliffe 228.557
20 Simon Pagenaud 228.393
21 Sage Karam 227.943
22 Jay Howard 227.853
23 Carlos Munoz 227.438
24 Oriol Servia 227.150
25 Jack Harvey 226.894
26 Gabby Chaves 226.875
27 Conor Daly 225.912
28 Sebastian Saavedra 225.815
29 Spencer Pigot 223.631
30 Buddy Lazier 221.427
31 Pippa Mann 219.282
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