After Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay took full advantage of favorable temperatures early in the day to put down the third fastest qualifying run in Indy history, the cars raced again to try to finish in the top 12 for tomorrow’s pole pick up.
The track temperature had dropped to 101°F by the end of the first few heats (minus Colton Herta and Stefan Wilson who both had engine changes).
Junco’s Hollinger Racing-Chevrolet’s Callum Ilott was the first to complete a rerun and improved 0.7 mph but gained just three places and lost two of those right after as Dale Coyne Racing beat rookie David Malukas and the veteran Takuma Sato lined up. The latter was forced to run again after his first morning run was voided when he disrupted Marco Andretti’s warm-up lap after failing to follow IndyCar’s direction to switch to the deceleration lane on his slowdown lap.
Rookie Malukas improved to take the HMD-Auto Coyne to 12th placeth, but he was knocked out by his two-time Indy 500-winning teammate. Sato bounced off the SAFER barrier at Turn 2 on his third lap but kept his foot in for the rest of his run to claim 12th placeth.
Ironically, Marco Andretti was next again after suffering an electrical problem on his first run, but he was only able to finish 24th. Helio Castroneves, the Meyer Shank Racing-Honda champion, averaged 229.630 mph. Herta’s first run led to 25thwith an average of 230.235 miles per hour.
Alexander Rossi opted for Lane 1, the priority lane, for his second run, meaning a driver has to pull his first time and couldn’t improve but pulled away from 15th placeth until 21St.
Sage Karam was on his warm-up lap when the rain started and the warning flag came out. There were also flash reports within eight miles. However, there were still 3 hours and 30 minutes to go, so the action would resume once the track dried and the flash was gone.
When the session resumed at 1h20min, Karam improved his average speed by 0.5mph in the dense air but only gained two places.
Notably, the Penske-Chevrolet team had elected to pull the times of Josef Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin despite sitting in 14th placeth and 15th on the starting grid and make your way onto the priority lane. The hope was that the lower track temperatures could put them in the top 12 for Sunday’s shootout.
But McLaughlin’s second run dropped him from 15th until 26th, as he was 1.4 mph slower than his first run. Teammate Newgarden was lucky as he was just his warm-up lap when the Lightning returned within eight miles of the speedway and the caution was called. Then the rain came and an hour before the 5:50 p.m. session, IndyCar had to admit that the day was over.
Since he didn’t take the green flag, Newgarden is allowed to reclaim his 14th slot on the grille.
Positions 13-33 – now seated
|13||David Malukas||231,607||232,482||232.206||230,552||231,200||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing with HMD|
|14||Joseph Neugarten||231,580||233.209||232,333||231.184||229,623||Chevy||Team Penke|
|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 Ilotte||230,961||231,869||231,452||230,824||229,709||Chevy||Junco’s 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||230.017||230,329||Chevy||Dreyer & Reinbold|
|23||Marco Andretti||230,345||230,996||230,283||230.117||229,986||Honda||Andretti Herta Autosport with 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||Team Penke|
|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 Lundgard||227,053||227,597||228,507||226,594||225,537||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|32||Jack Harvey||226,851||230.401||225,447||228,032||223,640||Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing|
|33||Stephen Wilson||no speed||no speed||no speed||no speed||no speed||Chevy||DragonSpeed with Cusick Motorsports|
DRIVERS IN TOP 12 for Sunday qualifying
|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|
|3||Felix Rosenqvist||232,775||233,512||233.131||231,931||232,532||Chevy||Arrow McLaren SP|
|4||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 Zimmerman||232,397||232,954||232,792||232,549||231,299||Chevy||Ed Carpenter Racing|
|8th||Markus 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|
|12||Takuma Sato||231,708||232,482||231,890||231,244||231.221||Honda||Dale Coyne Racing with RWR|