Andretti Autosport dominates the top

It’s Indianapolis 500 qualifying weekend. Thirty-three drivers will be vying for spots in the Aug. 23 race. After Saturday’s action, rows 4-11 will be set. The nine fastest drivers over their four-lap qualifying runs will return Sunday for a shootout to determine the spots in the first three rows. 

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a racing car on a road: Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian driver Marco Andretti (98) rounds turn one during the first day of practice for the 104th Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.

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Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian driver Marco Andretti (98) rounds turn one during the first day of practice for the 104th Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.

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Indy 500 qualifying 

Every car has taken one qualifying attempt. Andretti Autosport cars with Honda power are the top four so far: Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe. Rookie Rinus VeeKay is fifth, and also the top Chevrolet. 

Rest of the Fast Nine: Scott Dixon, Alex Palou, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato — all Honda drivers. 

Team Penske’s entries: Josef Newgarden (13th), Will Power (22nd), Simon Pagenaud (25th) and Helio Castroneves (28th).

Other notables: Tony Kanaan is 24th and Fernando Alonso is 26th.

Qualifying runs can continue through the afternoon.

Results include car number, driver, team, engine and four-lap speed average.

67. J.R. Hildebrand, Dreyer & Reinbold, Chevrolet, 226.341

3. Helio Castroneves, Team Penske, Chevrolet, 228.115 

59. Max Chilton, Carlin, Chevrolet, 225.819 

88. Colton Herta, Andretti/Harding/Steinbrenner, Honda, 230.560

14. Tony Kanaan, A.J. Foyt Racing, Chevrolet, 229.154 

98. Marco Andretti, Andretti/Herta/Curb-Agajanian, Honda, 231.351 (new P1) 

22. Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske, Chevrolet, 228.836  

4. Charlie Kimball, A.J. Foyt Racing, Chevrolet, 227.758 

47. Conor Daly, Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevrolet, 229.884 

18. Santino Ferrucci, Coyne/Vasser-Sullivan, Honda, 229.924 

55. Alex Palou, Coyne/Goh, Honda, 231.034

51. James Davison, Coyne/Ware/Byrd/Belardi, Honda, 228.747 

81. Ben Hanley, DragonSpeed, Chevrolet, 220.946 

29. James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport, Honda,  231.195 

20. Ed Carpenter, Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevrolet, 229.811 

10. Felix Rosenqvist, Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda, 230.254

7. Oliver Askew, Arrow McLaren SP, Chevrolet, 229.760

8. Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda, 230.472 

26. Zach Veach, Andretti Autosport, Honda, 229.961

28. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport, Honda, 233.330 (new P1)

66. Fernando Alonso, Arrow McLaren SP, Chevrolet, 228.768

27. Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport, Honda, 231.268 (overtakes Rinus VeeKay for P1)

24. Sage Karam, Dreyer & Reinbold, Chevrolet, 227.099

12. Will Power, Team Penske, Chevrolet, 229.701 

1. Josef Newgarden, Team Penske, Chevrolet, 230.296

5. Patricio O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP, Chevrolet, 229.902

45. Spencer Pigot, RLL/Citrone/Buhl, Honda, 230.539

9. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda, 231.094

60. Jack Harvey, Meyer Shank Racing, Honda, 229.861

21. Rinus VeeKay, Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevrolet, 231.114 (best among the first 10 attempts)

41. Dalton Kellett, A.J. Foyt Racing, Chevrolet, 228.880

30. Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan, Honda, 230.792 

15. Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan, Honda, 230.822  

First impressions from the first qualifier, Graham Rahal.

Indy 500 practice 

Ed Carpenter, driving a Chevrolet, had the top lap of 230.833 mph. Just six others practiced: Conor Daly (230.636), Helio Castroneves (230.585), Simon Pagenaud (230.098), J.R. Hildebrand (228.371), Max Chilton (228.061) and Ben Hanley (223.416). Pagenaud’s was the best no-tow lap. 

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No drivers took the track in the first half of the session because the weather wouldn’t resemble qualifying conditions. 

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