Marco Andretti leads staff’s 1-Four sweep of opening spherical Indy qualifying
Marco Andretti went out within the warmth of the day and set the quickest velocity within the opening three hours of qualifying for the 104th Indianapolis 500 on a day dominated by Andretti Autosport and Honda.
Andretti’s four-lap common of 231.351mph within the US Concrete Honda simply edged teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay’s common of 231.330mph within the DHL Honda and Alexander Rossi’s 231.268 mph within the NAPA Honda within the struggle to make Sunday’s Quick 9 shootout.
“Man, when all of it comes collectively it’s stunning,” mentioned Andretti, who ran within the warmth of the afternoon after a lot of the quick instances had been set within the first 90 minutes “The steadiness was nice. Honda introduced it this yr, so due to them, and now we’ve acquired to do it yet one more time tomorrow.”
James Hinchcliffe, one in every of six Andretti drivers, posted the fourth-fastest velocity of 231.195mph however the largest shock off the primary day was rookie Rinus Veekay within the Jumbo’s Chevy.
Not solely did he beat his proprietor Ed Carpenter and teammate Conor Daly, Veekay was the quickest Chevrolet within the discipline and the one BowTie automobile within the quick 9 with lower than three hours remaining.
Scott Dixon at the moment stands sixth, rookie Alex Palou seventh, Graham Rahal eighth and Takuma Sato ninth.
It was an actual disappointing begin for Group Penske as defending IndyCar champ Josef Newgarden needed to accept 13th, whereas Will Energy was mired in 24th and final yr’s winner Simon Pagenaud was 27th.
Qualifying continues via 5 p.m., when the ultimate line-up for tomorrow’s Quick 9 might be set.