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Default Honda Racing: Dixon, Honda Storm to Indianapolis 500 Pole

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  • Scott Dixon to lead the field to the start of the 101st Indianapolis 500

  • Honda drivers claim four of the top five starting positions, seven of top 10

  • Tenth Honda pole in 17 "500s"


In a thrilling conclusion today to qualifying for next Sunday's Indianapolis 500, Scott Dixon drove his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda to a four-lap average speed of 232.164 mph to score his third Indy 500 pole, and the 10th for Honda in the last 17 years.


Dixon's pole run, the fastest since Arie Luyendyk's effort in 1996, capped a great day for Honda at the famed "Brickyard", as the manufacturer claimed four of the top five starting positions for the 101st running of the Indy 500 on May 28, and seven of the top 10.


Defending race winner Alexander Rossi will start on the outside of the front row, third, in his Andretti Autosport Honda. The second "row of three" will include Rossi's Andretti teammates Takuma Sato, fourth, and two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso, fifth in his Indy 500 debut.


Tony Kanaan will start eighth in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, with Marco Andretti rounding out the "Fast Nine" final-round qualifiers. Ryan Hunter-Reay will start 10th in his Andretti Honda, followed by impressive rookie Ed Jones for Dale Coyne Racing and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's Oriol Servia.


Sebastien Bourdais, injured in a hard Turn 1 crash in Saturday's first-round qualifying, continues to recover after undergoing successful surgery at IU Health Methodist Hospital for fractures to his hip and pelvis. The Dale Coyne Racing driver will be replaced by two-time previous "500" starter James Davison.


Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) pole qualifier, his third Indianapolis 500 pole: "I thought maybe the dashboard had broken and brought up a fake number [on his first lap of 232.595 mph]!  We seriously didn't expect to see the speed that we did. It was a big day for us. Obviously, this is the pole. I have to give a shout out to Sebastien Bourdais, too, as I saw him this morning, and he's doing well. He's a teammate with me in the Ford GT program. We've spent a lot of time together over the years, and he's a hell of a driver. So, I wish him well. I know he's going to be on the mend quickly and hopefully, he can be in a car here very soon. Today, we managed to get it done and we're starting in the right place [first]. The hard part now is to keep it there. We've been fortunate enough to have support from NTT DATA to this point this season, and we're really looking forward to having Camping World come on board for the 500 for race week."


Fernando Alonso (#29 McLaren Honda-Andretti Autosport Honda) will start his first Indianapolis 500 from fifth, fastest rookie: "The car was on the limit. I don't know if it was possible to be on pole position, but definitely very close. I had an overboost problem on Lap 2 out of the last corner, and it was like hitting the brakes. I went one gear down and started again picking up the speed. I crossed the line and I thought it was 225 mph or something. I nearly came to the pit lane, because [I thought] ‘this qualifying run is over' with this problem. [But I kept] running, still putting the laps together, and then I was happily surprised with the [final speed].  I feel good, I feel great. Obviously, this is the biggest race in the world, and it felt that way from the very beginning. But now, with the weekend and you pick up the speed and you feel even more and more with the fans coming for qualifying now. This is a very special event."


Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today's performance in qualifying: "It's a good day when you can qualify in 14 of the top 17 positions for the most important race of the year. This two-day qualifying format is very stressful, but it shows that Honda is well positioned for a strong race next Sunday. Congratulations to Scott for a well-deserved pole, and a special call-out to the entire Andretti Autosport organization, for taking five of the top 10 grid positions. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Sebastien Bourdais, who almost certainly would have been a contender for the pole today. It's good to know he came through surgery with flying colors and we hope to see him back at the track very soon."


Indianapolis 500 Final Qualifying
Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval), Indianapolis, IN
2016 Winner: Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) 166.634 mph average
2016 Pole: James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) 230.760 mph four-lap average
Weather: Mostly sunny, warm, 78 degrees F


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Ps.

Driver     



Team



Manufacturer



Speed MPH



Notes



1.



Scott Dixon-W



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



232.164



Third Indy 500 pole



2.



Ed Carpenter 



Ed Carpenter Racing



Chevrolet



231.664



Fast Nine Pole Shootout



3.



Alexander Rossi-W



Andretti Autosport



Honda



231.487



Defending race winner



4.



Takuma Sato



Andretti Autosport



Honda



231.365



Fast Nine Pole Shootout



5.



Fernando Alonso-R



McLaren Honda Andretti



Honda



231.300



Fast Nine Pole Shootout



6.



JR Hildebrand 



Ed Carpenter Racing



Chevrolet



230.889



Fast Nine Pole Shootout



7.



Tony Kanaan-W



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



230.828



Fast Nine Pole Shootout



8.



Marco Andretti



Andretti Autosport



Honda



230.474



Fast Nine Pole Shootout



9.



Will Power



Team Penske



Chevrolet



230.200



Fast Nine Pole Shootout



10.



Ryan Hunter-Reay-W



Andretti Autosport



Honda



231.442



Fastest Group 1 qualifier



11.



Ed Jones-R



Dale Coyne Racing



Honda



230.578



 



12.



Oriol Servia



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



230.309



 



13.



Mikhail Aleshin



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



230.271



 



14.



Graham Rahal



Rahal Letterman Lanigan



Honda



230.253



 



15.



Max Chilton



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



230.068



 



16.



Charlie Kimball



Chip Ganassi Racing



Honda



229.956



 



17.



James Hinchcliffe



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



229.860



 



18.



J-Pablo Montoya-W



Team Penske



Chevrolet



229.565



 



19.



Helio Castroneves-W



Team Penske



Chevrolet



229.515



 



20.



Jay Howard



Schmidt Peterson Motorsports



Honda



229.414



 



21.



Sage Karam



Dreyer & Reinbold Racing



Chevrolet



229.380



 



22.



Josef Newgarden 



Team Penske



Chevrolet



228.501



 



23.



Simon Pagenaud



Team Penske



Chevrolet



228.093



 



24.



Carlos Munoz



A.J. Foyt Racing    



Chevrolet



227.921



 



25.



Gabby Chavez 



Harding Racing



Chevrolet



226.921



 



26.



Conor Daly



A.J. Foyt Racing    



Chevrolet



226.493



 



27.



Jack Harvey-R



Michael Shank-Andretti



Honda



225.742



 



28.



Pippa Mann



Dale Coyne Racing



Honda



225.008



 



29.



Spencer Pigot 



Juncos Racing



Chevrolet



224.052



 



30.



Buddy Lazier-W



Lazier-Burns Racing



Chevrolet



223.417



 



31.



Sebastian Saavedra



Juncos Racing



Chevrolet



221.142



 



32.



Zach Veach-R



A.J. Foyt Racing



Chevrolet



221.081



 



33.



James Davison



Dale Coyne Racing



Honda



No speed



Replacing S. Bourdais



W – Previous Indy 500 Champion [7 former winners in the field] 
R – Indy 500 Rookie [4 rookies in the field]


 

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