Join motor sports insider Nathan Brown as he recaps the first day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.
One sentence on every driver from Indianapolis 500 qualifying Saturday:
1. Marco Andretti: A complete turnaround sees Andretti at the top of the charts after a dismal start to the season.
2. Ryan Hunter-Reay: RHR with a fast car means he’ll be one to watch for pole and for his second race win next week.
3. Alexander Rossi: Looking for his second Indy 500 crown, Rossi will have a great shot at pole.
4. James Hinchcliffe: Without a full time ride, Hinchcliffe makes a case for himself with a fast qualifying speed. Gives Andretti the top four spots for Sunday’s Fast Nine.
5. Scott Dixon: Not enough to beat the Andretti fleet in front of him, Dixon still has an excellent shot at his second Borg-Warner Trophy next week.
6. Rinus VeeKay: The fastest rookie, the Dutchman who’s paying homage to Arie Luyendyk, puts his Ed Carpenter Racing car in the Fast Nine.
7. Alex Palou: An outstanding run for a rookie with only one prior oval start.
8. Graham Rahal: While quick, if Rahal wants a shot at pole position, his team will need to tweak the car heading into Pole Day.
9. Takuma Sato: The 2017 winner just barely makes the Fast 9 behind his teammate.
10. Colton Herta: Just one spot shy of making the Fast Nine, Herta will have to look to his Andretti teammates to find some more speed for race day.
11. Marcus Ericsson: Ericsson with his new Ganassi team grabs his best career qualifying effort at Indianapolis, falling just short of the Fast 9.
12. Spencer Pigot: A stellar run from Spencer Pigot and brand new team Citrone-Buhl Autosport.
13. Josef Newgarden: The fastest Penske car could not make the Fast 9.
14. Felix Rosenqvist: He picked up his first career IndyCar win at Road America, but being the slowest Ganassi car means Rosenqvist will have a lot of time to make up next week.
15. Pato O’Ward: Bumped last year, top 15 starting spot this year.
16. Ed Carpenter: No pole this year for the Hometown Hero, but anything can happen in the race.
17. Zach Veach: Solid qualifying performance out of Veach, but he still finds himself as the slowest of the Andretti team.
18. Conor Daly: Looking for a front row start, Daly just didn’t have the speed in the car for a pole run this year.
19. Santino Ferrucci: Dale Coyne Racing cars have shown speed on race day the past few years, so Ferrucci shouldn’t feel too bad about qualifying in the middle.
20. Jack Harvey: Looking for a good run Sunday, Harvey will start a career best of 20th at Indianapolis.
21. Oliver Askew: Out-qualifying your teammate (who happens to be a two-time F1 World Champion) is not a bad way to start your Indy 500 career.
22. Will Power: Continuing the struggles of the Penske cars, Power could not find enough speed to bump his way into the top 20.
23. Tony Kanaan: While this probably won’t be Kanaan’s final 500, he will have his work cut out for him in the race next week.
24. Dalton Kellett: Only a few tenths off teammate Tony Kanaan’s time, the rookie will make his Indy 500 debut on Sunday.
25. Simon Pagenaud: Last year’s winner, much like his Penske teammates, could not find speed to improve his starting position.
26. Fernando Alonso: Lots of questions surround Alonso’s future in the 500, but one thing is for sure, this year he’s made the race.
27. James Davison: Juggling between running the NASCAR races or Indy 500 practice, Davison might want to stay in Naptown for another day to find more speed.
28. Helio Castroneves: The three-time winner and free-agent-to-be could not find speed and will roll off from his career worst starting position next week.
29. Charlie Kimball: After being the only Carlin driver to make the field last year, Kimball’s full-time return finds him starting behind his teammates.
30. Max Chilton: After the heartbreak of missing the show one year ago, Max Chilton successfully qualified for his only oval race of the season.
31. Sage Karam: Not the starting position Karam will want as he’ll have a long way to go next week.
32. JR Hildebrand: With Dreyer & Reinbold Racing struggling for speed, JR Hildebrand will line up on the final row next to teammate Sage Karam.
33. Ben Hanley: There were questions about DragonSpeed and Hanley leading up to the opening day, but they were able to make the race for the second year in a row.