Rookie trio make headlines in Indy 500 qualifying
Rinus VeeKay (photograph above) is the quickest Chevrolet driver within the 104th Indianapolis 500 discipline. Alex Palou had by no means seen an oval till final April, but bested 26 of 33 drivers in his first official laps on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And Dalton Kellett went quicker than Simon Pagenaud, Fernando Alonso and Helio Castroneves.
Within the opening spherical of qualifying for the August 23 traditional, the rookies nearly stole the present from the veterans.
After crashing twice in his oval-track debut at Texas, VeeKay was run over by Colton Herta on a restart within the Iowa opener, lastly ending 14th within the second present of the doubleheader. Thus, no one noticed Saturday’s surprising present of pace coming.
“We had an amazing run this morning and we knew the temperatures have been rising and never everybody was going to enhance. We solely bought jumped by (Scott) Dixon ultimately, and it was good,” mentioned the 20-year-old native of the Netherlands who wound up sixth total. “There was a variety of ready, which I didn’t like; however I’m very glad now.”
Palou, who scored a podium at Highway America in July and introduced sturdy highway racing credentials to Dale Coyne’s staff, has been silky easy all week within the Goh Honda, and threw down the seventh-best pace within the warmth of the day.
“That was superior to finish a qualifying run right here at Indy and to be beginning within the High 9 for my first Indy 500,” mentioned the 23-year-old Spaniard. “My staff gave me an amazing automobile and I feel we can combat. I don’t learn about preventing for the pole, however we’ll examine tonight and see if we are able to go for it.”
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