The Grid Is Set For The 2017 Indianapolis 500

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The field is now set for Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. There were not a ton of surprises, but there were enough to keep things interesting. Of the cars that ran, Zach Veach was the slowest with a four-lap average of 221.081 mph. Sebastian Saavedra was barely quicker at 221.142 mph. They will make up the last row along with James Davison, who is filling in for Sébastien Saavedra and did not run today. Davison will start on the outside of Row Eleven with Veach in the middle and Saavedra on the inside.

Surprisingly, Buddy Lazier is not on the back row. He will start on the outside of Row Ten along with Spencer Pigot in the middle and Pippa Mann on the inside.

At the other end of the spectrum, your Pole Sitter for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 is Scott Dixon. His four lap average of 232.164 was the quickest time posted since 1996, when Arie Luyendyk won the pole with a four-lap record of 236.498 mph, a record that still stands today.

Although Ed Carpenter was Saturday’s fastest qualifier, he did not have enough to knock Dixon off the pole. He will start in the middle of the front row and the defending champion, Alexander Rossi, will start on the outside of Row One.

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Other drivers of interest were Fernando Alonso, who will start fifth and Tony Kanaan who will start from the inside of Row Three. Ed Jones followed up his superb day on Saturday with another fine run today. He will start in the middle of Row Four.

Of course, many are talking about the most amazing stat – Chevy only had three cars in the Top-Seventeen. The three cars of Team Penske all will start in the following spots: Will Power in ninth, Juan Montoya  in eighteenth, Helio Castroneves in nineteenth, Josef Newgarden in twenty-second and Simon Pagenaud in twenty-third. It’s not impossible, but chances are not good for The Captain to come away with his seventeenth Borg-Warner trophy this year.

The weather played a role in this year’s qualifying weekend, but it turned out pretty this afternoon. The crowd that was here was enthusiastic as every quick lap was met with boisterous oohs and ahs. Although the crowd favorite, Ed Carpenter, came up short in his run, I think everyone was happy with the pole-sitter and the front row, which feature two former winners and two former pole-sitters.

That will do it for tonight. We need to hit the road and head back to Nashville. But I’ll have more to say about the weekend and photos here tomorrow morning. Thanks for following us along and remember to check back tomorrow and all through the week. Also, don’t forget to submit your entries for the Trivia Contest by Tuesday afternoon.

George Phillips

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4 Responses to “The Grid Is Set For The 2017 Indianapolis 500”

  1. Ron Ford Says:

    I thought the ABC commenators and ABC’s overall coverage today were excellent. Scott Dixon is a very likeable fellow, all the more likeable when he does good because then you also get Emma Davies Dixon. When predicting a winner one now needs to take into account how each of these fast driver’s cars will handle in traffic. So we have come to this after the long winter. Only six more days. With all due respect to the new crooner, I will hit the mute button and play Mr. Nabors version of “Back Home Again in Indianer”.

  2. I just laughed out loud at Emma Davies Dixon instagram story

  3. J.D. Ellis Says:

    JPM was last early on in 2015, don’t count Penske out yet. 😉

  4. billytheskink Says:

    Well, now we know what wakes up Eddie Cheev-bot and Scott Goodroid: 232 MPH laps and Takuma Sato forgetting that Darlington stripes are for stock cars racing at Darlington.

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