Tuesday, May 28, 2024

QUALIFYING NOTES FOR POLE DAY: 2023 Indianapolis 500

QUALIFYING RESULTS

2: RINUS WEEKAY 234.211 mph
13: ED carpentry 232.689 mph
16: CONOR DALY 232.433 mph

RACE BROADCASTS: Sunday, May 28 – 11:00 a.m. ET (NBC)
STATE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval
LOCATION: Speedway, Indiana, United States
WORK PRESENTATION: 2.5 mile oval

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• Qualifying for the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 is now complete with Ed Carpenter Racing driver Rinus VeeKay earning the middle of the front row. As he was among the 12 fastest drivers from the first day of qualifying yesterday, his starting position was determined today. He advanced from the Top 12 to the Firestone Fast Six, where his final four-lap average eventually landed VeeKay in second place overall.

• Ed Carpenter Racing’s first season in NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition was 2012, making the 2022 Indianapolis 500 the team’s 12th. For 11 of those 12 years, ECR has had at least one car qualify on the top three rows. With the exception of 2015, when the Firestone Fast Nine was canceled due to weather, ECR has been in every pole position shootout since 2013 (known this year as the Firestone Fast Six).

• With VeeKay qualifying second, an Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet will start on the Indianapolis 500 front row for the 9th time in 11 years. He has also now extended his streak as the fastest Chevrolet driver in the field to four consecutive years.

• Ed Carpenter, driver of Chevrolet No. 33 BITNILE.COM and Conor Daly, driver of Chevrolet No. 20 BITNILE.COM, both closed at their initial positions yesterday. Carpenter qualified in his 20th Indianapolis 500 and will start 13th in next Sunday’s 500-mile race. For the 10th time, Daly has qualified for the Indianapolis 500 and will start 16th.

RINUS WEEKAY, NO. 21 BITNILE.COM CHEVROLET

RINUS WEEKAY, No. 21 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet, qualified second: “Today was the best qualifying I’ve had here, but it’s sad that it didn’t work out the way I wanted. The Ed Carpenter Racing team really maximized the car and today was the best car I’ve had all week. My dad predicted that I would qualify second and finish the race first – he’s right on the first part, so let’s hope he’s right on the second!” (Photo courtesy of IMS Photo)

FOR NOTE:

This morning, Rinus VeeKay chose to lead the practice session to complete a qualifying simulation. On his fourth lap, number 21 BITNILE.COM The Chevrolet slowed and required a pit pull. After diagnosing the problem, the crew worked against the clock to make repairs and were able to make the necessary time for the technical check.

• As the fourth-fastest car yesterday, VeeKay was eighth in today’s Top 12 qualifying. His four-lap average of 233.801 miles per hour (mph) was third-best, easily advancing him to firing the Firestone Fast 6 for the Indianapolis 500 pole position.

• Average of VeeKay’s next and last four laps 234.211 mph gave him the second starting position. It was the third-fastest four-lap qualifying average in the history of the Indianapolis 500. The difference between VeeKay and pole winner Alex Palou was just three-thousandths of a mile per hour.

• For the third year in a row, VeeKay will start from the front row for the Indianapolis 500. It’s the 9th time in 11 years that ECR has had at least one car on the front row. VeeKay is also the fastest Chevy driver in the field for the fourth straight year.

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