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INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced the first sellout in the history of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race today. All suites, reserved seating and infield General Admission tickets for the 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil are sold out.

“There’s no event in the world like the Indy 500,” said Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles. “This sellout is a testament to the enduring legacy of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the thrilling racing of the Verizon IndyCar Series and the bright future for both.”

“The Indy 500 is a uniquely Hoosier event,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles. “The community support for the this race has fueled excitement for the 100th Running and paves the way for the next century for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy 500.”

In conjunction with the sellout, it was announced that the long-standing practice of delaying the television broadcast in Indianapolis will be suspended for 2016. This is only the third time the race will be broadcast live on Central Indiana television and the first time since the early 1950’s.

“With no way to accommodate more fans at IMS, we are delighted to be able to suspend the television delay in Indianapolis, making it possible for those cannot be with us on Race Day to watch the 100th Running live. The traditional delayed coverage on WRTV will continue, so race fans who attend the race will be able to go home with their families and watch the broadcast Sunday evening.”

On May 6, IMS officials announced a sellout of reserved seating for the race. This included all grandstand seating, suite hospitality and several temporary suites built in turns 1 and 2. General Admission tickets continued to be available for purchase via the IMS ticketing office. Steady and increased demand for GA tickets led to today’s announcement. The Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light is sold out as well. Tickets for Carb Day and Legends Day still remain.

While the Indianapolis Motor Speedway does not release official attendance numbers, the Indy 500 is the largest single day sporting event on the planet.

“What makes the Indianapolis 500 so special to our fans is the overall experience. It is more than just cars on track,” said Boles. “As demand continued to increase following the reserved seating announcement, we reached a point where it became necessary to stop selling GA tickets to preserve the infield experience.”

100th Running celebrations have been fueled by an action-packed 100 Day Countdown that began with a midnight party on the Yard of Bricks as the clock turned to Feb. 19. Festivities have been supported by the 100th Running Host Committee, a group of community volunteers and donors that have visited all 92 counties and activated several community programs to increase anticipation for the 100th Running.

Important Fan Information

Customers who already have Snake Pit tickets or IMS parking passes but have not purchased General Admission (GA) tickets will still be able to do so. It is heavily suggested that fans in this situation plan to purchase and pick up their tickets in person before the weekend begins. As a last resort, fans unable to do so should present their Snake Pit wristband or parking pass at the gate on Race Day, and attendants will sell GA tickets at a price of 40.

Helpful Tips for the Best Race Day possible

Plan to arrive at IMS earlier than in previous years on Race Day. This is the best way to avoid longer traffic and entry lines. It is suggested that fans leave two hours earlier than normal and reach IMS by 8 a.m. IMS has a fantastic morning in store for Race attendees, including SportsCenter live from Pagoda Plaza, an enhanced Fan Midway and the Borg-Warner Trophy’s March to the Yard of Bricks. Click here to learn more.
Download the IMS mobile app via the Apple and Android store for up to date maps, on site directions, schedules and more.

Visit IMS.com/planyourvisit for maps, directions, alternative transportation info, gate regulations and other helpful information. Use this resource to plan your trip to the track on Race Day.

Pick up your purchased tickets early! If you still have purchased tickets to pick up, make your Race Day entry to IMS smoother by visiting the facility before the weekend begins to retrieve them.

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Track  —  Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2.5-mile oval

Race Distance  —  200 laps / 500 miles

Firestone Tire Allotment  —  36 sets for use throughout the month.

Twitter  —  @IMS @IndyCar, #Indy500, #IndyCar

Event Website  —  www.IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com

IndyCar Website  —  www.IndyCar.com

2015 Race Winner  —  Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet)

2016 Verizon P1 Winner  —  James Hinchcliffe (No. 5 Arrow SP Motorsports Honda) — 230.760 mph

NBCSN Carb Day Broadcast  —  Friday, May 27 (11am ET)

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Kevin Lee will anchor NBCSN’s coverage of Indianapolis 500 final practice, the Indy Lights’ Freedom 100 and TAG Heuer Pit Stop Competition. Robin Miller, Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell will serve as analysts with Katie Hargitt, Jon Beekhuis and Marty Snider as pit reporters.

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ABC Race Broadcast  —  Sunday, May 29 (Noon ET)

Allen Bestwick is the lead announcer for ESPN on ABC broadcasts for the second consecutive year alongside analysts Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever Jr. Rick DeBruhl, Dr. Jerry Punch and Jon Beekhuis are the pit reporters.

Radio Broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. All Verizon IndyCar Series races are broadcast live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 212, XM 209, IndyCar.com, IndyCarRadio.com and on the INDYCAR Mobile App. Verizon IndyCar Series final practice session is available on IndyCar.com, IndyCarRadio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app.

INDYCAR Mobile App: Verizon Wireless puts fans around the world in the driver’s seat with its INDYCAR Mobile app. The app has been enhanced with new features to keep fans in the know of the latest race-day action. Exclusive features of the INDYCAR Mobile app for Verizon Wireless customers will stream live through the app and includes enhanced real-time leaderboard and car telemetry; the ability to follow the race in real time with the interactive 3D track; live in-car camera video streaming for select drivers during Verizon IndyCar Series races; live driver and pit crew radio transmissions during races and live Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network audio streaming during all track activities.

AtTrack Schedule (all times local):

Friday, May 27

11 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 final practice
1:30 p.m. – TAG Heuer Indianapolis 500 Pit Stop Competition

Sunday, May 29

11:38 a.m. – Driver Introductions
12:14 p.m. – Command to Start Engines
12:21 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (200 laps/500 miles), ABC (Live at 11 a.m.)

IndyCar on track for practice for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 -- Image by Mike Harding

IndyCar practice for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 — Image by Mike Harding

INDIANAPOLIS (May 23, 2016) – The drivers qualified for this year’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil got a taste for the upcoming race in practice today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

All 33 entries turned laps in the 3.5-hour session scheduled for the same time of day as the historic race on Sunday. Josef Newgarden, who will start the Indy 500 from the middle of Row 1 in the No. 21 Preferred Freezer Chevrolet, clocked the fastest lap today, 227.414 mph, as teams spent the bulk of the session running in packs to gain a greater understanding how their cars will perform on race day.

“Today’s the most representative day we’re going to get going into Sunday, which was great,” said Newgarden, the two-time race winner in 2015 for Ed Carpenter Racing. “Everyone in a pack together, which was great, because that’s what we need to see. To me, some guys looked good at certain points and then looked really bad at other points. I think that’s how it’s going to be on race day.”

A pair of teammates who have both won the Indianapolis 500 followed Newgarden on the speed chart. Tony Kanaan, the 2013 race winner, put the No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy in second on the day at 226.393 mph. Scott Dixon, the 2008 Indy 500 champion in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy, was third at 226.339 mph.

“I’m glad we were finally able to get the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet up to speed for practice today,” said Kanaan, who will start the race on the outside of Row 6. “I’ve felt really good about my race car since the early sessions and it showed how strong the car is in race setup today on track. We made a lot of progress overnight and it helped put our qualifying run behind us. We’re 100 percent focused on the race now and just figuring out the best strategy to get back up front.”

Twenty-one-year-old Sage Karam was fourth on the list at 226.045 mph in the No. 24 Gas Monkey Energy Chevrolet, just ahead of Pippa Mann, the top Honda of the day at 225.833 mph in the No. 63 Susan G. Komen entry. “Due to the weather forecast later in the week, I think everyone was really trying to get their car running well in race trim,” said Karam, who will start in the middle of Row 8, “and that is what we were trying to do today, too. We worked on fuel numbers, pit stops and many things. I think we have a good baseline moving into Carb Day and the race.”

For Pippa Mann, it was the first occasion to log significant laps – she completed 116 – since crashing in qualifying Saturday and seeing minimal track time before qualifying on the inside of Row 9 Sunday. With only the one-hour practice remaining Friday on Miller Lite Carb Day, Mann needed the track time.

“This was like Carb Day on steroids because we were out there doing it for (nearly) four hours,” Mann said. “Nobody wants to go out there and tear up a race car this close to race day, for sure. It was pretty hairy out there, but that’s representative of what it will be like in the race. “In the race, when you have that many cars in a group, you won’t be able to run fast times. You’ll have to use all the gears and occasionally use the brakes. I know that sounds weird here. It gets really interesting and difficult and you are reacting to what everyone is doing, not just what your car is doing.”

A total of 2,886 laps were completed today, the most of any day since the track opened May 16 in a session that was 2.5 hours shorter than most other days. Nine drivers ran more than 100 laps each, led by Carlos Munoz (No. 26 United Fiber & Data Honda) and Max Chilton (No. 8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet) with 117 apiece.

The 100th Indianapolis 500 is the 6th of 16 races on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. Coverage of the epic event begins at 11am ET Sunday on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

Pit Stop Competition

The field for the TAG Heuer Pit Stop Competition on Miller Lite Carb Day was announced today.

Pit crews eligible to participate are: No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet (with driver Juan Pablo Montoya), No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet (Helio Castroneves), No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda (James Hinchcliffe), No. 7 SMP Racing Schmidt Peterson Honda (Mikhail Alehsin), No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet (Scott Dixon), No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda (Takuma Sato), No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Honda (Graham Rahal), No. 24 Gas Monkey Energy Chevrolet (Sage Karam), No. 26 United Fiber & Data Honda (Carlos Munoz), No. 28 DHL Honda (Ryan Hunter-Reay), No. 42 Tresiba Chevrolet (Charlie Kimball) and the honorary crew for No. 61 PIRTEK Team Murray (Matt Brabham).

The bracket will be set by a draw Thursday. 

Indy Lights Testing

Zach Veach became the first driver in Indy Lights history to turn an unofficial lap of more than 200 miles per hour on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval during today’s open test session.

He was clocked at 201.455 mph in the No. 5 Belardi Auto Racing entry. Official lap records may only be set in qualifying or the race.

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James Hinchcliffe pulls out on the track for his Pole winning qualification laps for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 — Image by  Chris Owens

Drama, redemption, heartbreak, exuberance.

Armed Forces Pole Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway had it all as starting positions were set for the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

James Hinchcliffe, who nearly lost his life at the same track a year ago in a crash during Indianapolis 500 practice, put together a scintillating four-lap run of 230.760 mph as the final driver of the day in the Fast Nine Shootout. It allowed the Canadian fan favorite to claim the Verizon P1 Award and $100,000 prize for earning the pole position and the right to lead the 33-car field to the green flag to start the epic race May 29.

Driving the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, Hinchcliffe collected the first pole of his Verizon IndyCar Series career in what will be his 79th race, edging Josef Newgarden for the honor by a mere 0.0407 of a second over the 10-mile run.

“I came into this month hoping we’d have a new story to talk about after what happened last year and I think we did it,” an emotional Hinchcliffe said on pit lane. “I can’t believe it. I’m honestly at a loss for words, which everyone knows is rare for me.

“The Arrow Electronics car was an absolute smoke show out there. It was right on the edge. (Lead engineer) Allen McDonald and all my engineers did such a great job, everybody at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson put me in the car and gave me the car to do it. Three Schmidt Peterson cars (qualifying) in the top 10 is incredible.”

It is the first Indianapolis 500 pole position for manufacturer Honda in five years, also with Schmidt Peterson and then-driver Alex Tagliani, and first since Chevrolet re-entered the series as an engine manufacturer in 2012. It also ended Team Penske’s string of seven consecutive pole positions in all Verizon IndyCar Series races and is Honda’s first in series competition since the second race of the Houston doubleheader in June 2014, 31 races ago and again with Schmidt Peterson.

“It’s incredible. It’s five years to the day that we did this with Tagliani,” team co-owner Sam Schmidt said. “For the 100th running, we’ve put an effort into this since last September. It’s been an all-around team effort. Obviously, I can’t turn a wrench, but my god, the things that happened today!”

Newgarden, in the No. 21 Preferred Freezer Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing, was second with a run of 230.700 mph, with 2014 Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay third at 230.648 in the No. 28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport. “It was a tough pill to swallow,” Newgarden said. “I try to remind myself it’s not just about today’s battle, it’s about the war, and we’ve got to try and get that done next week in the 500. But it was still a lot of fun, just to be up there and have this opportunity to compete.”

The second row was filled by a pair of Andretti Autosport drivers, Townsend Bell (fourth) and Carlos Munoz (fifth), along with Team Penske’s Will Power (sixth). Qualifying in Row 3 were Hinchcliffe’s teammate Mikhail Aleshin (seventh) and a pair of Penske drivers, season points leader Simon Pagenaud (eighth) and three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves (ninth).

In the qualifying session prior to the Fast Nine Shootout that set the 10th through 33rd starting positions, Oriol Servia rebounded from a disappointing effort Saturday to collect the fastest four-lap run of the group and earn the 10th spot with an average speed of 229.060 mph in the No. 77 Lucas Oil Special Honda for Schmidt Peterson with Marotti Racing. Servia improved his lot 14 positions from first-day qualifications, but said it wasn’t easy. “We struggled (Saturday). We have a very fast car, but we just couldn’t balance it for four laps,” said Servia, whose best finish in seven previous Indy 500 starts was fourth in 2012. “This morning, we put more downforce in it and we still couldn’t balance it. We couldn’t put four laps together. They were scratching their heads (and made changes) and it worked. I had a fantastic car for four laps.”

Scott Dixon, the 2015 Indy 500 pole sitter and reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion, qualified 13th (227.991 mph) after his crew was forced to make an engine change in his No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in just 64 minutes between practice and the qualifying session. “We had an engine issue this morning and Team Target and the other CGR teams changed it all out and got us ready for qualifying in just over an hour,” Dixon said. “That is absolutely unheard of. This is truly why this is a team sport. I obviously didn’t pick up a wrench today and they probably liked it that way, knowing my mechanical skills. “INDYCAR would not have let us in qualifying if we didn’t get the car ready in time and we would have started dead last. Given the situation and what we went through today as a team I’m pleased.”

Defending Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya was permitted to make a second qualifying attempt today after running over a large plastic garbage bag on his first try. The driver of the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevy will start 17th after a run of 227.684 mph. “I saw (the bag) on the grass and I thought, ‘Ooh, that’s odd’ and when I came to Turn 3 it was in the middle of the groove,” Montoya said. “I had nowhere to go. I just hit it and lost all of the front air from under the car. It just went straight. I got on the brakes, trying not to hit the wall. Luckily, we got another run, but they didn’t let us check the car. I think the wing or something bent with the force of the bag.”

Tagliani will start the race 33rd after crashing his No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating Special Honda for AJ Foyt Racing as he exited Turn 4 to take the green flag for his qualifications attempt. Per Rule 8.4.4.5 of the rulebook, he will start at the rear of the field. “It really caught me off guard because it really happened late into the corner, like almost at the exit of Turn 4,” Tagliani said. “I was really almost at the straightaway and that’s why I got caught because, normally when I get loose early on, I have a chance to catch it. It’s really unfortunate.”

Field of 33 for the 100th running features 6 former winners (Castroneves, Hunter-Reay, Dixon, Montoya, Tony Kanaan and Buddy Lazier) and 5 rookies (Matt Brabham, Max Chilton, Spencer Pigot, Alexander Rossi and Stefan Wilson)

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One more practice session remains, the traditional Miller Lite Carb Day practice from 11 a.m.-noon Friday. The legendary 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is set for May 29, with coverage beginning at 11 a.m. on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

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The “Region Racers” Series – Rudy Nichels

By: Wm. LaDow

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In 1908, a 10-year-old boy crossed the Atlantic Ocean. He and his father journeyed from Austria to settle in America.

Though his last name was Puja when he entered Ellis Island, it was soon changed. It’s unclear whether in his pocket rested a few coins or perhaps he was cared for by a kind immigration worker who gave him some change to get a meal, but from that day forward, his last name was Nichels.

After establishing their residency in Chicago, a teenage Rudy could often be found at the corner pool hall or participating in a local “game of chance.” But a few years later, Nichels settled down in the Calumet Region’s Griffith, Indiana, got married, and eventually started a family — a daughter and three sons.

Nichels was a born entrepreneur and quickly sensed that the American automobile was becoming more of a necessity than a luxury. He made it a point to get involved in any auto-related businesses he could find.

FTIn time he was able to parlay his savings into purchasing a small Fisk Tire store on Ewing Avenue in South Chicago. So small was the shop that an automobile couldn’t be parked entirely under the roof while having its tires changed. Using the slim profits from this business, Nichels in 1930 purchased a restaurant located at the intersection of Fifth Street and Highway Avenue in Highland.

With his wife, Gladys, doing the restaurant cooking, Nichels turned his efforts toward another business, a gasoline service station and auto repair shop.

q_in_highland_nichel_471942In 1936, he purchased a second restaurant and tavern just two miles east, on the corner of Ridge Road & Cline Avenue. Soon, he had a service station, an auto repair garage, a restaurant, and a tavern all on the northwest corner of the intersection, which he christened “Rudy’s Place.” With his early investment in restaurants and auto repair shops paying off, he began a search for another moneymaking opportunity and uncovered midget car auto racing.

The more Nichels heard about midget car racing, the more he thought it might be a good fit with his other businesses. On Oct. 10, 1937, Nichels decided to take a look at this potential business venture. With his oldest son, 14-year-old Ray visited the newly constructed Hammond Raceway located at Sheffield & Calumet Avenues. With 7,000 fans in attendance, Nichels witnessed his first midget car race. It would not be his last. A few weeks later, Nichels purchased his first race car.

At the Hammond, Indiana Speedway 5/8th’s mile track are two Nichels midgets. The car on the left is the #25 driven by Mike O’Halloran and on the right is Teddy Duncan in the #2. Both drivers would eventually be elected to the National Midget Racing Hall of Fame. Kneeling between the Nichels cars are from left: Dale “Tiny’ Worley, Ray Nichels and Rudy Nichels – Nichels Engineering Archives

At the Hammond, Indiana Speedway 5/8th’s mile track is two Nichels Service midgets. The car on the left is the #25 driven by Mike O’Halloran, and on the right is Teddy Duncan in the #2. Both drivers would eventually be elected to the National Midget Racing Hall of Fame. Kneeling between the Nichels cars are from left: Dale “Tiny’ Worley, Ray Nichels and Rudy Nichels – Nichels Engineering Archives.

From that day on, Rudy threw himself whole-heartedly into auto racing, owning several cars from 1938 through the late 1940s, giving drivers such as Ted Duncan, Tony Bettenhausen, Johnnie Parsons, Paul Russo, Ray Richards, and Mike O’Halloran some of the finest midget race cars in the business. All of these drivers eventually became members of the Midget Racing Hall of Fame after capturing a series of track championships driving for Nichels Service. Johnnie Parsons used his 1948 Midwest Championship driving for Nichels as a springboard toward winning the 1950 Indianapolis 500.

Nichels established the “Nichels Service” shop at the corner of Cline and Ridge Road as the cornerstone of Midwest auto racing. Working with racing equipment suppliers from across the country, he built a superb reputation for racing expertise. Nationally known drivers such as Ronney Householder anchored their race teams and equipment at Rudy’s Place when barnstorming across America.

Rudy Nichels shop at the corner of Cline Avenue and Ridge Road in Highland, Indiana in 1947. Working on the two Nichels owned midgets in the front of the garage is 24 year old Ray Nichels. In the back on the right in the white tee shirt is Ronney Householder, who at the time was one of the most respected drivers in racing. He went on to manage Chrysler Corporation’s racing operations from 1955 thru 1972 – Nichels Engineering Archives

Rudy Nichels shop at the corner of Cline Avenue and Ridge Road in Highland, Indiana, in 1947. Working on the two Nichels owned midgets in the front of the garage is 24-year-old Ray Nichels. In the back on the right in the white tee shirt is Ronney Householder, who at the time was one of the most respected drivers in racing. He went on to manage Chrysler Corporation’s racing operations from 1955 thru 1972 – Nichels Engineering Archives.

Nichels began promoting and sanctioning races at tracks throughout Illinois and Indiana, the racing business became so profitable.

During this time, his son, Ray, went out on his own and entered IndyCar racing, eventually competing in 15 Indianapolis 500s and building a Hall of Fame career as one of the nation’s finest mechanics and race car builders.

Rudy Nichels died in April of 1955, leaving a lasting legacy of being one of the first in a long line of Region Racers.

Photo credit: Jim Haines/Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Photo credit: Jim Haines/Indianapolis Motor Speedway

By: Jeff Majeske

INDIANAPOLIS – Never mind the contrived formula designed to mitigate a lack of entries, Saturday’s qualifying for the 100th Indianapolis 500 was full of redemption, drama and surprise.

The drivers who advanced to today’s Fast Nine shootout that will determine the pole position for the race on May 29 represent a wide variety of storylines.

Start with Saturday’s fastest qualifier, James Hinchcliffe. The popular Canadian nearly died after a crash in practice before last year’s race. He averaged 230.946 mph on his four-lap run.

Hinchcliffe Head Shot“I can’t thank (my crew) enough. What a difference a year makes,” Hinchcliffe said. “It validates all the effort the guys have put in.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay experienced a bit of redemption as well. The 2014 Indianapolis 500 champion was knocked out of the Fast Nine by Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti in the closing minutes of qualifying.  “That was a pretty hairy few laps there – I was holding my breath the whole way,” Hunter-Reay said.

He bumped his way into the Fast Nine in convincing fashion, opening with a scorching lap of 231.315 mph, and wound up with a four-lap average of 230.805 mph to oust Andretti from pole contention.

Third-fastest was Will Power, who also had a stirring run late in the day to average 230.736 mph to lead Team Penske.

“This is the hardest qualifying I’ve ever done at this place,” said last year’s runner-up, who gets to do it all again today. “It was very hairy on the last lap.”

Teammate and three-time 500 champ Helio Castroneves was fourth quick, followed by Townsend Bell, an Indy-only specialist driving for Andretti Autosport, and Josef Newgarden of Ed Carpenter Racing. Bell had the fastest single lap of the day at 231.582 mph.

The final three spots in the Fast Nine went to Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports), Carlos Munoz (Andretti Autosport) and Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske).

Aleshin, who did not compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series last year due to lack of sponsorship, had the last attempt of the day and nudged out rookie Alexander Rossi.

Munoz’ effort means he will start in the first three rows for the third time in four races. Pagenaud, who leads the points and has won the last three races, will go for his first pole in the 500.

The competition between the two engine manufacturers, Honda and Chevrolet, was about as even as possible: Five Hondas and four Chevrolets in the Fast Nine.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was that none of Chip Ganassi’s four cars made it into the Fast Nine. Scott Dixon, last year’s pole-sitter, was 13th after Saturday. The best the 2008 500 champ can start is 10th after today’s qualifying.

Teammate Tony Kanaan, who won the pole in 2005 and the race in 2013, was 19th on Saturday.

Juan Pablo Montoya, last year’s race winner, also missed the Fast Nine – the only member of Team Penske to miss the cut.

Morning rains, then stubborn “weepers” pushed the start of practice until 12:37 p.m. Because of the delay, qualifications didn’t start until 2:20 p.m. and were extended until 7 p.m., one hour later than normal.

A total of 30 cars qualified Saturday for the 33-car field. Still to qualify are rookie Max Chilton, who crashed during practice; Pippa Mann, who crashed during her qualifying attempt; and Gabby Chaves, who waved off his attempt late in the day.

Neither Chilton nor Mann were hurt and are expected to qualify today.

Today’s qualifying will set the order of the field. Positions 10-33 will be determined from 2:45-4:45 p.m. The Fast Nine Shootout, which will determine the pole position and the rest of the top nine spots, begins at 5 p.m.

For the results of Saturday’s qualifying … CLICK HERE

Editors Note: Speedway Sightings is grateful for the opportunity to publish Jeff Majeske’s work through special arrangement. To read more of Jeff’s efforts please visit his site by … Clicking Here

Here are the “Fast Nine” — the drivers and teams who have earned the right to run for the Pole position tomorrow afternoon, for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 …

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Information for the 100th Indianapolis 500 Pole Day – Sunday, May 22 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

SCHEDULE  — (All times local)

7am-6pm — Ticket Office Open
10am-6pm —  Public Gates Open
10am — IMS Midway Open
10:30am-11:15am — Enlistment Ceremony – Pagoda Plaza
10:30am-11:15am — Chevrolet Camaro Consumer Lap (300 Cars)
11am- 5pm –Ivy Tech Garage Tours
11:30am-12:30pm — American Dairy Association “Winners Drink Milk” Pin Distribution
Noon-4pm — Pin Trading Program – Plaza Retail Shop
Noon-12:30pm — Indy 500 Practice – Positions 22-33
12:45pm-1:15pm –Indy 500 Practice – Positions 10-21
1:30pm-2pm — Indy 500 Practice – Fast Nine
2pm-2:30pm — Sam Schmidt Arrow Car Laps
2:45 pm-4:45pm — Indy 500 Qualifying – Positions 10-33
5pm-5:45pm — Indy 500 Fast Nine Qualifying – Positions 1-9
5:45 p.m –Verizon P1 Award Presentation – Pit Lane Near Verizon Pit View

TICKETS: General admission $20

PUBLIC GATES OPEN: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Gate 1 – Walk, Gate 10 – Public Drive, Gate 10A – Walk, Gate 12 – Credential Drive/Walk, Gate 1B – Credential Drive, Gate 2 – Credential Drive/Walk, Gate 3 – Walk, Gate 4 – Credential Drive/Walk, Gate 6 – Walk, Gate 7 South – Walk, Gate 7 – Vehicle – Drive, Gate 9 – Walk, Gate 9A Credential Drive, Media Gate-Credential Walk

STANDS OPEN: A Stand (1-4) as needed, B Penthouse (21-25) as needed, B Stand (22-25) as needed, Backstretch family mounds, Backstretch mounds, E Penthouse, E Stand, Gas Alley Roof, North Vista Wheelchair, NW Vista (1-6) as needed, NW Vista Deck, Paddock (9-18) as needed, Paddock Penthouse (10-20), Pit Road Terrace, Southeast Vista Deck, South Terrace, Southeast Vista (1-3) as needed, Tower Terrace (37-42) as needed, Tower Terrace Wheelchair, Turn 2 mounds, Turn 3 mounds, Turn 4 mounds, Wheelchair accessible.

MUSEUM HOURS: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for fans 6-15 years old, with children under 5 free.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Notes

If you are planning to come out to the Speedway for qualifications Saturday or Sunday, we’re hoping you’ll drop by and visit us at the Museum. This weekend only, we are featuring the Pace Car Reunion. Not only do we have cars from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and up to the present, you will also see a 1914 Packard Special Roadster, a 1929 Studebaker President and a 1938 Hudson 112. In all, we have more than 230 Pace Cars on display, all in the parking lot in front of the Museum.

Of course, you’ll also want to come inside the Museum. If you haven’t visited for a while, you’ll be amazed at some changes that have been made. In particular, you’ll want to see our current special exhibit, the Team Penske 50th Anniversary Exhibition Presented by Pennzoil. Already acclaimed as one of the best exhibits the Museum has ever had, it will be here until November.

We also have a visiting collection of Tony Stewart race cars, including both cars he used on May 30,1999 when he did “The Double” and raced in the Indy 500 and the Coca Cola 600 in Charlotte.

Finally, and perhaps the biggest change: we have opened 3000 square feet of additional exhibit space! In there you’ll find some cars you may not have seen for a while. The new space also has a panoramic view if the IMS infield.

INDIANAPOLIS – INDYCAR has updated the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Rule Book to account for any car entered in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil unable to complete a guaranteed qualifying attempt due to a mechanical condition or on-track incident on Saturday, the first of two scheduled days of qualifications.

Per Rule 8.4.3.4.4, when there are 33 entries for the Indianapolis 500, any car that fails to complete its guaranteed qualifying attempt on the first day of qualifications because of a mechanical condition or on-track incident, and does not make a second attempt, will be listed at the back of the field after Saturday qualifying and placed in Group 1 second-day qualifying Sunday.

If multiple cars cannot complete their guaranteed attempt Saturday due to those conditions, they will be ordered at the back of the field for Group 1 qualifying based on entrant points. If multiple cars with no entrant points do not complete their guaranteed attempt Saturday, they will be ordered for Sunday qualifying by a blind draw.

First-day qualifying runs from 11 a.m.-5:50 p.m. ET Saturday. Cars may make multiple attempts throughout the day. Only the first time through the qualifying line – determined by a random draw today – is guaranteed.

At the conclusion of Saturday qualifying, the fastest nine cars based on their four-lap qualification attempts advance to Sunday’s Fast Nine Shootout to determine the Verizon P1 Award pole winner and the rest of the starting positions in the first three rows for the May 29 race. The remaining 24 cars from Saturday move on to Group 1 qualifying Sunday to determine race starting positions 10-33.

All qualifying times from Saturday are erased for Sunday qualifying. Group 1 qualifying runs from 2:45-4:45 p.m. ET Sunday, with each car making one four-lap attempt in order of slowest to fastest based on Saturday’s times. The Fast Nine Shootout takes place from 5-5:45 p.m. ET Sunday, with each car making a four-lap attempt in order of slowest to fastest based on Saturday’s times. The top qualifier in the Fast Nine Shootout wins the Verizon P1 Award and will start on the pole position for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Qualifying airs Saturday on ESPN3 (2pm-4pm ET) and ABC (4-6 p.m. ET) and @ESPN3 & @ESPNNews1  (6pm – 7pm ET).

Sunday on ESPN3 (2:30-4 p.m. ET) and ABC (4-6 p.m. ET). Coverage of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 begins at 11 a.m. ET May 29 on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

The weekend qualifications procedure is outlined here:

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