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Indy 500: Sato, Grosjean, Johnson into high 12 combat

The 2 Saturday qualifying periods at Indianapolis decided the positions exterior of the highest 12 and monitor temperatures had dropped by the tip of the preliminary runs of the second phase.

Callum Ilott of Juncos Hollinger Racing was the primary to do a retake run and improved by zero.7mph however solely gained three locations, and misplaced two of these straight afterwards when Dale Coyne Racing put rookie David Malukas and veteran Takuma Sato in line.

Sato needed to run once more having had his first morning run invalidated when he interfered with Marco Andretti’s warm-up lap, having didn’t comply with IndyCar’s instruction to go to the deceleration lane on his slow-down tour.

Rookie Malukas improved, and acquired the Coyne with HMD automotive into 12th, however he was bumped out by his two-time Indy 500-winning team-mate.

Sato bounced off Flip 2’s SAFER barrier on his third lap however saved his foot in for the rest of his run and claimed 12th.

Sarcastically, Andretti was subsequent up once more, having suffered difficulty on his preliminary run, however he might solely declare 24th.

Helio Castroneves, Meyer Shank Racing Honda

Helio Castroneves, Meyer Shank Racing Honda

Picture by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images

Meyer Shank Racing’s defending winner Helio Castroneves produced a median of 229.630mph, whereas fellow struggler Colton Herta’s first run resulted in 25th, with a 230.235mph common.

Alexander Rossi elected to go to lane one – the precedence lane – for his second run, which suggests a driver has to drag his first time, and couldn’t enhance, as a substitute dropping himself from 15th to 21st.

Sage Karam was on his warm-up lap when the rain moved in, and the warning flag got here out and there have been additionally advisories of lightning inside an eight-mile radius.

Nevertheless, there have been nonetheless 3hrs30minutes to go, so the motion resumed as soon as the monitor was dried and the lightning departed.

When the session restarted after 1hr20min, Karam improved his common velocity by zero.5mph within the dense air, however gained solely two locations.

Remarkably, Staff Penske had elected to drag the instances of Josef Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin, regardless of them sitting 14th and 15th on the grid, and go into the Precedence lane. The hope was that the decrease monitor temperatures might spring them into the highest 12 for Sunday’s shootout.

However McLaughlin’s second run dropped him from 15th to 26th, as he was 1.4mph slower than in his preliminary run.

Staff-mate Newgarden acquired fortunate as a result of he was solely on his warm-up lap when lightning returned to inside an eight-mile radius of the Speedway and the warning was thrown. Then got here the rain and, with an hour to go earlier than the 5.50pm session, IndyCar needed to admit the day was over.

As a result of he had not taken the inexperienced flag, Newgarden shall be allowed to reclaim his 14th-place slot on the grid.

Positions 13-33 – now set

P Title QSpeed QLap1Speed QLap2Speed QLap3Speed QLap4Speed Engine Staff
13 David Malukas 231.607 232.482 232.206 230.552 231.200 Honda Dale Coyne Racing with HMD
14 Josef Newgarden 231.580 233.209 232.333 231.184 229.623 Chevy Staff Penske
15 Santino Ferrucci 231.508 232.239 231.729 231.329 230.741 Chevy Dreyer & Reinbold
16 Simon Pagenaud 231.275 232.189 231.726 230.688 230.505 Honda Meyer Shank Racing
17 JR Hildebrand 231.112 231.601 231.118 230.926 230.807 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
18 Conor Daly 230.999 232.448 231.459 230.822 229.288 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
19 Callum Ilott 230.961 231.869 231.452 230.824 229.709 Chevy Juncos Hollinger Racing
20 Alexander Rossi 230.812 231.379 231.076 230.514 230.282 Honda Andretti Autosport
21 Graham Rahal 230.766 231.083 230.643 230.678 230.662 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
22 Sage Karam 230.464 231.103 230.411 230.zero17 230.329 Chevy Dreyer & Reinbold
23 Marco Andretti 230.345 230.996 230.283 230.117 229.986 Honda Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Marco & Curb
24 Devlin DeFrancesco 230.326 231.511 231.228 230.737 227.865 Honda Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport
25 Colton Herta 230.235 230.613 230.280 229.844 230.204 Honda Andretti Autosport
26 Scott McLaughlin 230.154 230.394 230.123 230.104 229.998 Chevy Staff Penske
27 Helio Castroneves 229.630 230.306 229.803 229.570 228.845 Honda Meyer Shank Racing
28 Kyle Kirkwood 229.406 230.124 229.728 229.303 228.476 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
29 Dalton Kellett 228.916 229.673 229.403 228.538 228.058 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
30 Juan Pablo Montoya 228.622 229.478 229.381 227.897 227.741 Chevy Arrow McLaren SP
31 Christian Lundgaard 227.053 227.597 228.507 226.594 225.537 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
32 Jack Harvey 226.851 230.401 225.447 228.zero32 223.640 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
33 Stefan Wilson no velocity no velocity no velocity no velocity no velocity Chevy DragonSpeed with Cusick Motorsports

DRIVERS IN TOP 12 for Sunday Qualifying

P

Title QSpeed QLap1Speed QLap2Speed QLap3Speed QLap4Speed Engine Staff
1 Rinus VeeKay 233.655 234.702 233.921 233.353 232.655 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
2 Pato O’Ward 233.037 233.401 233.176 232.804 232.767 Chevy Arrow McLaren SP
three Felix Rosenqvist 232.775 233.512 233.131 231.931 232.532 Chevy Arrow McLaren SP
four Alex Palou 232.774 233.588 233.175 232.607 231.734 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
5 Tony Kanaan 232.625 233.180 232.680 232.362 232.280 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
6 Jimmie Johnson 232.398 233.135 232.428 232.134 231.897 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
7 Ed Carpenter 232.397 232.954 232.792 232.549 231.299 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
eight Marcus Ericsson 232.275 232.728 232.406 231.973 231.993 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
9 Romain Grosjean 232.201 232.596 232.374 231.955 231.882 Honda Andretti Autosport
10 Scott Dixon 232.151 232.750 232.286 231.980 231.590 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
11 Will Energy 231.842 232.485 232.236 231.665 230.986 Chevy Staff Penske
12 Takuma Sato 231.708 232.482 231.890 231.244 231.221 Honda Dale Coyne Racing w/RWR

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