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Pagenaud claims 2019 Indy 500 pole for Penske, Carpenter second

Simon Pagenaud gave Penske its first Indianapolis 500 pole for seven years in qualifying for the 2019 edition of IndyCar's premier race

The 'Fast Nine' pole shootout ran straight after the shock events of the last row-setting session in which Fernando Alonso and McLaren were bumped out of the field by Kyle Kaiser and the minnow Juncos Racing team.

Had the rain that delayed proceedings on Sunday continued, the first three rows of the grid would have been set on Saturday speeds, which would have meant Ed Carpenter Racing's Spencer Pigot taking his first IndyCar pole at the Indy 500.

The ECR team was Pagenaud's main threat, with owner/driver Ed Carpenter initially fastest with a 229.889mph average.

That was beaten by Pagenaud's incredibly consistent run, in which he only dipped below 230mph with his final lap and ended up with an average of 229.992mph.

Pagenaud, who is yet to finish above sixth in the Indy 500 during his career, was comfortably faster than the other two Penske drivers in the pole session - as his team-mates Will Power, last year's winner, and Josef Newgarden ended up only sixth and eighth.

Pigot was last to run having set the pace on Saturday, and his early speed suggested he might be able to deny Pagenaud.

But he faded across his run and ended up having to settle for the final front row spot, as he dropped to third behind Pagenaud and Carpenter.

ECR effectively has three cars in the top four, with Ed Jones qualifying its entry in association with Scuderia Corsa in fourth.

Austin race winner Colton Herta continued to star in his rookie IndyCar season by ending qualifying for his first Indy 500 as the highest placed Honda entrant.

The Harding Steinbrenner driver will start fifth.

The other two Honda runners in the final session were Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan driver Sebastien Bourdais in seventh and Andretti Autosport's 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, who was slowest of the pole group in ninth.

The rain meant the loss of the planned open practice session that was due to follow pole qualifying had it run in its intended early afternoon slot.

That means the next time the drivers will take to the track will be in Friday's traditional 'Carb Day' final practice.

2019 Indy 500 starting grid

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 2m36.5271s
2 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.0700s
3 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.1131s
4 Ed Jones Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.2358s
5 Colton Herta Harding Racing Dallara/Honda 0.6194s
6 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.9219s
7 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.9388s
8 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1.0937s
9 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1.1969s
10 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 0.8458s
11 Conor Daly Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.9417s
12 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1.0066s
13 Marcus Ericsson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1.0144s
14 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1.1603s
15 James Davison Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1.1786s
16 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1.2845s
17 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1.2955s
18 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1.2985s
19 Oriol Servia Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1.3738s
20 Charlie Kimball Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 1.4264s
21 J.R. Hildebrand Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.4313s
22 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1.4528s
23 Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1.5544s
24 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1.5640s
25 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Dallara/Honda 1.5792s
26 Jordan King Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1.7131s
27 Ben Hanley DragonSpeed Dallara/Chevrolet 1.7271s
28 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1.8252s
29 Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1.8563s
30 Pippa Mann Clauson-Marshall Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.8932s
31 Sage Karam Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.5476s
32 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1.6847s
33 Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.8040s


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