Indy 500: Alex Palou takes pole place at over 234mph - Motor Informed

Indy 500: Alex Palou takes pole place at over 234mph

Palou set the quickest four-lap common of 234.217mph across the 2.5-mile oval, narrowly defeating Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay.

Palou signalled his intent with a gap lap of 235.131mph, and his four-lap common was 234.217mph. “That was enjoyable, very enjoyable,” he stated on the radio.

“It means the world to me, we knew it was going to be tight, they gave the quickest automobile to me,” he stated. “Watching [the other drivers] was more durable than doing the 4 laps.”

VeeKay will begin second with a velocity of 234.211mph, simply zero.004s and zero.006mph slower than Palou.

“I received all the things out of it, but it surely’s simply so tight,” he stated. “I believed we actually had a shot at pole place.”

Prime 12 qualifying pacesetter Arrow McLaren’s Felix Rosenqvist fell beneath the 235mph barrier required on the opening lap, and will solely handle third with 234.114mph.

Rinus VeeKay, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet

Rinus VeeKay, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet

Photograph by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images

Santino Ferrucci (AJ Foyt Racing) will begin fourth, having received excessive in Flip 1 on his opening lap, having entered the nook at over 240mph, and he couldn’t repeat the velocity he confirmed in Prime 12 qualifying. His common velocity was 233.661mph and he admitted “that wasn’t what we wished” on the radio.

Pato O’Ward lapped his Honda-powered Arrow McLaren in 233.756mph for fifth. “My first Quick Six and it’s superior for the crew,” he stated.

Scott Dixon, who was trying to find this third consecutive pole for Ganassi, battled free dealing with after a robust opener, his effort producing 233.151mph for sixth. He reported: “The run for us was too on the nostril, it was tremendous free and scrubbing velocity from the get-go.”

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Indy 500 – Beginning grid

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