Before the qualifying runs began on Saturday, Mother Nature's intervention delayed the beginning of the time trials by more than two hours at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Once things finally got going, 24 cars qualified for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500. The final nine positions will be determined on Sunday during Old National Armed Forces Bump Day.
Ed Carpenter took the pole position with an average speed of 228.762 mph in the Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka No. 20 car.
IndyCar Series @IndyCar
@EdCarpenter20’s 228.762 is the fastest #Indy500orBust pole since 2006 (Sam Hornish Jr. at 228.985)2013-5-18 23:21:14
Here are the rest of the times from the three rows of the Fast Nine.
Per Dave Lewandowski of IndyCar.com, rookie Carlos Munoz's front-row start earned him $50,000 of the Verizon Front Row awards and Marco Andretti was awarded a $40,000 bonus.
Here are the other drivers who have already made it into the field. They are listed with their four-lap speed averages.
|Grid Spot||Driver||Four-Lap Average|
|24||Simona De Silvestro||225.226|
|28||Tristian Vautier (R)||224.873|
|31||Conor Daly (R)||223.582|
*updated May 19 at 6:04 p.m. ET.
Big Names Still Yet to Qualify
The 24-year-old son of racing legend Bobby Rahal seemed to struggle with his engine all day. After two attempts to solidify a position in the top 24, a noticeably frustrated Graham Rahal decided to regroup and take another shot on Sunday.
Don't you just love it when folks say they don't have much to say, but then go on a rant:
Graham Rahal @GrahamRahal
Don’t have much to say. Every run we did today we went slower. Not sure what else to do. We will definitely be on it tomorrow and race day!2013-5-18 22:10:23
Graham Rahal @GrahamRahal
We decided it best not to try a 3rd run. We will do an engine change tonight and focus on one run tomorrow and then race trim.2013-5-18 22:11:37
Qualifying Position: 25th at 225.007 MPH
Pippa Mann didn't fare much better than Rahal. She did seem at least encouraged about her chances on Sunday. If positive energy is worth anything, she's in a good space for her run at one of the last nine spots.
Pippa Mann @PippaMann
Second qual attempt in the @CyclopsGear car much better! Lapped over 225mph+ in clean air! Looking forwards to tomorrow!!! #TeamCyclopsGear2013-5-18 22:46:55
Qualifying Position: 30th at 224.005 MPH
Michel Jourdain's times were woefully short of qualifying. It seems very unlikely he'll be able to recover from such a poor performance on Saturday.
Unless he and his team can truly work some magic, it is hard to see a scenario where he works his way onto the grid.
Qualifying Position: Missed the field.
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