Join motor sports insider Nathan Brown as he recaps the first day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.

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It’s time to find who will start the 104th Indianapolis 500 from the pole position. The fastest qualifiers from Saturday’s session are back for the Fast Nine Shootout at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They are (in order of speed average) Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, James Hinchcliffe, Scott Dixon, Rinus VeeKay, Alex Palou, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato. 

The drivers have an hour (coverage starts at 1 p.m. EDT, NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold) to make four-lap qualifying attempts on the 2.5-mile oval. 

Andretti Autosport is in good position to capture its first Indy 500 pole. The top four — Andretti, Hunter-Reay, Rossi and Hinchcliffe — drive under the Andretti Autosport umbrella. (Marco Andretti’s grandfather — racing legend Mario Andretti — won the Indy pole in 1966, ’67 and ’87.)

Dixon — who had a strong three-lap effort in Saturday’s final qualifying run before waving off — is seeking his fourth Indy pole. He won from P1 in 2008, and he also started at the front in ’15 and ’17. He drives for Chip Ganassi Racing.

VeeKay — the only driver among the Fast Nine using a Chevrolet-power engine (the others are Hondas) — and Palou are Indy 500 rookies. VeeKay drives for Ed Carpenter Racing and Palou under the Dale Coyne Racing umbrella. 

Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato are Rahal Letterman Lanigan teammates.

Indy 500 Fast Nine  

98. Marco Andretti, Andretti/Herta/Curb-Agajanian, Honda, 231.351  

28. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport, Honda, 233.330 

27. Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport, Honda, 231.268 

29. James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport, Honda,  231.195 

9. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda, 231.155

21. Rinus VeeKay, Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevrolet, 231.114 

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

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

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

Here’s how the rest of the field stands after Saturday’s qualifying. These positions are set. 

Row 4 

88. Colton Herta, Andretti/Harding/Steinbrenner, Honda, 230.775 

8. Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda, 230.566

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

Row 5 

1. Josef Newgarden, Team Penske, Chevrolet, 230.296 

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

5. Patricio O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP, Chevrolet, 230.213 

Row 6 

20. Ed Carpenter, Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevrolet, 230.211

26. Zach Veach, Andretti Autosport, Honda, 229.961 

47. Conor Daly, Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevrolet, 229.955 

Row 7 

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

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

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

Row 8 

12. Will Power, Team Penske, Chevrolet, 229.701 

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

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

Row 9 

22. Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske, Chevrolet, 228.836  

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

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

Row 10 

3. Helio Castroneves, Team Penske, Chevrolet, 228.373 

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

59. Max Chilton, Carlin, Chevrolet, 227.303 

Row 11 

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

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

81. Ben Hanley, DragonSpeed, Chevrolet, 222.917 


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