Qualification Day beckons for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 …

Posted: May 21, 2016 in Uncategorized
Chip Ganassi Racing's Tony Kanaan - Image by Jeff Majeske

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan – Image by Jeff Majeske

By: Jeff Majeski

INDIANAPOLIS – When qualifications do get under way, Tony Kanaan is slated to go out first. At this point, the 2013 Indianapolis 500 champ does not look a contender for the pole, which he won in 2005, or even the Fast Nine – his best practice speed is 229.753 mph ranks only 20th.

I can’t find a quick link to the qualifying draw, so here’s the order. Mind you, there are only 33 car-and-driver combinations, but a total of 50 spots were drawn – half of which are for cars that haven’t practiced at speed yet, possibly have never even been on the track or maybe are still in the garage or on a transporter.

Anyway, here you go:

  1. Tony Kanaan
  2. Simon Pagenaud
  3. Sebastien Bourdais (backup)
  4. James Hinchcliffe (backup)
  5. Simon Pagenaud (backup)
  6. Marco Andretti
  7. Alexander Rossi
  8. Tony Kanaan (backup)
  9. Sebastien Bourdais
  10. Matt Brabham (backup)
  11. Josef Newgarden
  12. Alex Tagliani (backup)
  13. Oriol Servia (Note: This is listed as 12A because no one wants to be No. 13, right?)
  14. Bryan Clauson (backup)
  15. Max Chilton (backup)
  16. JR Hildebrand
  17. Mikhail Aleshin
  18. Gabby Chaves (backup)
  19. Charlie Kimball (backup)
  20. Will Power
  21. Helio Castroneves
  22. Ryan Hunter-Reay (backup)
  23. Bryan Clauson
  24. Ed Carpenter (backup)
  25. Juan Pablo Montoya (backup)
  26. Carlos Munoz (backup)
  27. Mikhail Aleshin (backup)
  28. JR Hildebrand (backup)
  29. Matt Brabham
  30. Scott Dixon
  31. Max Chilton
  32. Buddy Lazier
  33. Alex Tagliani
  34. Will Power (backup)
  35. Takuma Sato
  36. Helio Castroneves (backup)
  37. Townsend Bell
  38. Conor Daly (backup)
  39. Pippa Mann (backup)
  40. Takuma Sato (backup)
  41. Jack Hawksworth (backup)
  42. Spencer Pigot (backup)
  43. Marco Andretti (backup)
  44. Gabby Chaves
  45. Spencer Pigot
  46. Charlie Kimball
  47. Ryan Hunter-Reay
  48. Sage Karam (backup)
  49. Stefan Wilson
  50. Jack Hawksworth

One thing I noticed is that a number was drawn for Sage Karam’s backup car, but not his primary car, so we’ll have to figure that out.

More later. Off to find a corndog. And, remember, it is perfectly OK to eat a corndog at 8:30 in the morning if you are at the track. 


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