May 17, 2014  |   By Verizon IndyCar Series

Daily Trackside Report - Saturday, May 17

DAY 7 – SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014 – QUALIFYING DAY 1

TODAY’S SCHEDULE (all times local):
6 a.m.    Garages open
8-10 a.m.    Indianapolis 500 practice (Group 1, 8-8:30 a.m.; Group 2, 8:30-9 a.m.; All cars, 9-10 a.m.)
11 a.m.-5:50 p.m.    Indianapolis 500 Qualifying
11:15 a.m.-6 p.m.    Indianapolis 500 media availability (each qualified driver), Economaki Press Conference Room
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The Verizon IndyCar Series boost level has been increased from 130 kPa to 140 kPa for qualifications today and Sunday.
The change in pressure adds about a 40-horsepower boost to the engines produced by Chevrolet (twin-turbocharged Chevy IndyCar V6) and Honda (twin-turbo-charged Honda HI14TT. The boost level will return to 130 kPa for final practice on Coors Light Carb Day on Friday, May 24 and the 500-mile race Sunday, May 26.
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Indianapolis 500 Pole Day qualifying procedures:
Order – A blind draw is conducted prior to each qualification day.
Warm-up laps – Each car is permitted two warm-up laps prior to the timed qualification laps.
Verizon IndyCar Series officials may permit three warm-up laps if they deem it necessary.
Green-flag laps – A qualification attempt consists of four timed laps. The cumulative time of four consecutive laps is recorded as the official qualifying time for the car.

SATURDAY QUALIFYING
All entries are guaranteed one attempt to qualify between 11 a.m. and 5:50 p.m., with the fastest 33 cars making up the provisional Indianapolis 500 field, based on the fastest four-lap averages. The top 30 cars are locked in to the field. All 33 cars must re-qualify on Sunday to determine final starting positions. The fastest nine cars advance to a shootout on Sunday to determine the Verizon P1 Award.
Qualifying Lines: There will be two qualifying lines at the end of pit lane, one for cars that are already in the field and one for cars that have yet to qualify for the field. Multiple attempts are permitted without withdrawing a time, as long as the track is available. Teams can withdraw their time and jump to the line of unqualified cars, which will have priority over cars already in the field. Teams that make multiple attempts can only improve their times if they have not withdrawn their time to enter the line of unqualified cars.
Qualifying points are available to all drivers/entrants on Saturday under the following format:
1st – 33 points    12th – 22 points    23rd – 11 points     
2nd – 32 points    13th – 21 points    24th – 10 points
3rd – 31 points    14th – 20 points    25th – 9 points     
4th – 30 points    15th – 19 points    26th – 8 points     
5th – 29 points    16th – 18 points    27th – 7 points     
6th – 28 points    17th – 17 points    28th – 6 points     
7th – 27 points    18th – 16 points    29th – 5 points     
8th – 26 points    19th – 15 points    30th – 4 points     
9th – 25 points    20th – 14 points    31st – 3 points     
10th – 24 points    21st  – 13 points     32nd – 2 points      
11th – 23 points    22nd – 12 points    33rd – 1 point     
               

Pit selection for the Indianapolis 500 is based on the Sunday qualifying order for positions 1-9 and 31-33. It is based on the Saturday order for positions 10-30; and 10-33 if there are not more than 33 cars entered.

Practice from 8-9 a.m. this morning will be separated into two groups, from 8-8:30 a.m. and 8:30-9 a.m. The track will be open for all cars from 9-10 a.m.
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INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRACTICE:
At 8 a.m., the ambient temperature was 44 degrees with a relative humidity of 83 percent and calm winds. Skies were mostly cloudy. The track temperature was 52 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.
            8 a.m. – Start of session delayed for track preparations.
            8:55 a.m. – Track open for installation laps.
            9 a.m. – GREEN. Track is open to Group 1 cars.
            9:03 a.m. – #26 Busch fastest at 230.922, fastest of the month to date.
            9:08 a.m. – #25 Andretti fastest at 232.239, fastest of the month to date.
            9:12 a.m. – YELLOW. No. 7 Aleshin spins in the warmup lane at pit out.
            9:15 a.m. – GREEN.
            9:29 a.m. – YELLOW. Debris.
            9:34 a.m. – GREEN. Group 2.
            9:53 a.m. – YELLOW. Debris in Turn 2.
            9:59 a.m. – GREEN. Session is extended for five minutes. No. 16 Servia has been penalized five minutes for overdriving the previous caution.
            10:04 a.m. – CHECKERED.
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FASTEST TIMES/SPEEDS OF PRACTICE:
Pos.    Car     Name    Time    Speed
1.    25    Marco Andretti    38.7531    232.239
2.    10    Tony Kanaan    38.8604    231.598
3.    28    Ryan Hunter-Reay    38.9575    231.031
4.    26    Kurt Busch*    38.9637    230.983
5.    6    Townsend Bell    38.9898    230.830
* -- Rookie


At 11 a.m., the ambient temperature was 55 degrees with a relative humidity of 55 percent and calm winds. Skies were cloudy. The track temperature was 78 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.

Each qualifying attempt will start on the second time past the flag stand.

11:06 a.m.    No. 34    CARLOS MUNOZ/Bogota, Colombia   
        Cinsay AndrettiTV.com HVM Honda   
           QA-1        1 – 39.1777 – 229.723    Q – 1
        2 – 39.1957 – 229.617       
        3 – 39.2042 – 229.567       
        4 – 39.2238 – 229.453       
        T 2:36.8014 – 229.590       

1:11 a.m.    No. 21    JR HILDEBRAND/Sausalito, Calif.   
        Preferred Freezer/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet   
           QA-1        1 – 39.1932 – 229.632    Q – 2
        2 – 39.1803 – 229.707       
        3 – 39.2085 – 229.542       
        4 – 39.3126 – 228.934       
        T 2:36.8946 – 229.453       

11:15 a.m.    No. 2    JUAN PABLO MONTOYA/Bogota, Colombia   
        Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet   
           QA-1        1 – 39.2007 – 229.588    Q – 3
        2 – 39.1964 – 229.613       
        3 – 39.1951 – 229.621       
        4 – 39.2061 – 229.556       
        T 2:36.7983 – 229.594       

11:19 a.m.    No. 9    SCOTT DIXON/Auckland, New Zealand   
        Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet   
           QA-1        1 – 39.3645 – 228.632    Q – 4
        2 – 39.3820 – 228.531       
        3 – 39.3925 – 228.470       
        4 – 39.4093 – 228.372       
        T 2:37.5483 – 228.501       

11:23 a.m.    No. 20    ED CARPENTER/Indianapolis   
        Fuzzy’s Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet   
           QA-1        1 – 39.1391 – 229.949    Q – 5
        2 – 39.0991 – 230.184       
        3 – 39.0878 – 230.251       
        4 – 39.1183 – 230.071       
        T 2:36.4443 – 230.114       

11:28 a.m.    No. 98    JACK HAWKSWORTH/Bradford, England   
        Integrity Energee Drink Honda   
           QA-1        1 – 39.1541 – 229.861    Q – 6
        2 – 39.1780 – 229.721       
        3 – 39.1846 – 229.682       
        4 – 39.1874 – 229.666       
        T 2:36.7041 – 229.732       

11:32 a.m.    No. 18    CARLOS HUERTAS/Bogota, Colombia   
        Dale Coyne Racing Honda   
           QA-1        1 – 39.5456 – 227.585    Q – 7
        2 – 39.4827 – 227.948       
        3 – 39.4424 – 228.181       
        4 – 39.4304 – 228.250       
        T 2:37.9011 – 227.991       

11:37 a.m.    No. 8    RYAN BRISCOE/Sydney, Australia   
        NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet   
           QA-1        1 – 39.6263 – 227.122    Q – 8
        2 – 39.6080 – 227.227
3 – 39.6151 – 227.186
4 – 39.6007 – 222.269
T 2:38.4501 – 227.201       
               

11:41 a.m.    No. 3    HELIO CASTRONEVES/Sao Paulo, Brazil   
        Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Team Penske Chevrolet   
           QA-1        1 – 39.2487 – 229.307    Q – 9
        2 – 39.1975 – 229.606       
        3 – 39.2103 – 229.532       
        4 – 39.2372 – 229.380       
        T 2:36.8927 – 229.456       

11:45 a.m.    No. 19    JUSTIN WILSON/Sheffield, England   
        Dale Coyne Racing Honda   
           QA-1        1 – 39.2991 – 229.013    Q – 10
        2 – 39.3144 – 228.924       
        3 – 39.3085 – 228.958       
        4 – 39.3193 – 228.895       
        T 2:37.2413 – 228.947       

11:50 a.m.    No. 63    PIPPA MANN/Ipswich, England   
        Dale Coyne Racing Honda   
           QA-1        1 – 39.4964 – 227.869    Q – 11
        2 – 39.5145 – 227.764       
        3 – 39.5748 – 227.417       
        4 – 39.5023 – 227.835       
        T 2:38.0880 – 227.721       

11:54 a.m.    No. 41    MARTIN PLOWMAN/Tamworth, England   
        ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Racing Honda   
           QA-1        1 – 39.4620 – 228.068    Q – 12
        2 – 39.4655 – 228.047       
        3 – 39.5004 – 227.846       
        4 – 39.6232 – 227.140       
        T 2:38.0511 – 227.774       

11:58 a.m.    No. 25    MARCO ANDRETTI/Nazareth, Pa,   
        Snapple Honda   
           QA-1        1 – 39.1517 – 229.875    Q – 13
        2 – 39.1778 – 229.722       
        3 – 39.2131 – 229.515       
        4 – 39.2090 – 229.539       
        T 2:36.7516 – 229.663       

12:02 p.m.    No. 26    KURT BUSCH/Las Vegas, Nev.   
        Suretone Honda   
           QA-1        1 – 39.2656 – 229.208    Q – 14
        2 – 39.2383 – 229.368       
        3 – 39.2676 – 229.197       
        4 – 39.2582 – 229.251       
        T 2:37.0297 – 229.256       

12:07 p.m.    No. 7    MIKHAIL ALESHIN/Moscow, Russia   
        SMP Racing Honda   
           QA-1        1 – 39.3595 – 228.661    Q – 15
        2 – 39.4011 – 228.420       
        3 – 39.4439 – 228.172       
        4 – 39.4240 – 228.287       
        T 2:37.6285 – 228.385       

12:11 p.m.    No. 15    GRAHAM RAHAL/New Albany, Ohio   
        National Guard Honda   
           QA-1        1 – 39.3145 – 228.923    Q – 16
        2 – 39.3696 – 228.603       
        3 – 39.3594 – 228.662       
        4 – 39.3929 – 228.464       
        T 2:37.4364 – 228.664       

12:16 p.m.    No. 27    JAMES HINCHCLIFFE/Toronto, Canada   
        United Fiber & Data Honda   
           QA-1        1 – 39.1964 – 229.613    Q – 17
        2 – 39.1889 – 229.657       
        3 – 39.1779 – 229.721       
        4 – 39.1823 – 229.696       
        T 2:36.7455 – 229.672       

12:21 p.m.    No. 5    JACQUES VILLENEUVE/Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada   
        Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda   
           QA-1        1 – 39.4535 – 228.117    Q – 18
        2 – 39.4594 – 228.083       
        3 – 39.4315 – 228.244       
        4 – 39.4322 – 228.240       
        T 2:37.7766 – 228.171       

12:26 p.m.    No. 12    WILL POWER/Toowoomba, Australia   
        Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet   
           QA-1        1 – 39.1806 – 229.706    Q – 19
        2 – 39.1872 – 229.667       
        3 – 39.2297 – 229.418       
        4 – 39.1634 – 229.806       
        T 2:36.7609 – 229.649       

12:29 p.m.    No. 77    SIMON PAGENAUD/Montmorillon, France   
        Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda   
           QA-1        1 – 39.3488 – 228.724    Q – 20
        2 – 39.2951 – 229.036       
        3 – 39.3615 – 228.650       
        4 – 39.3724 – 228.597       
        T 2:37.3778 – 228.749       

12:33 p.m.    No. 83    CHARLIE KIMBALL/Camarillo, Calif.   
        Novo Nordisk Ganassi Racing Chevrolet   
           QA-1        1 – 39.3457 – 228.742    Q – 21
        2 – 39.3445 – 228.749       
        3 – 39.3395 – 228.778       
        4 – 39.3746 – 228.574       
        T 2:37.4043 – 228.719       

12:37 p.m.    No. 10    TONY KANAAN/Salvador, Brazil   
        Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet   
           QA-1        1 – 39.4390 – 228.201    Q – 22
        2 – 39.4417 – 228.185       
        3 – 39.4843 – 227.939       
        4 – 39.4855 – 227.932       
        T 2:37.8505 – 228.064       

12:42 p.m.    No. 6    TOWNSEND BELL, San Luis Obispo, Calif.   
        Robert Graham KV Racing Technology Chevrolet   
           QA-1        1 – 39.3950 – 228.455    Q – 23
        2 – 39.3793 – 228.546       
        3 – 39.3967 – 228.446       
        4 – 39.3725 – 228.586       
        T 2:37.5435 – 228.508       

12:46 p.m.    No. 68    ALEX TAGLIANI/Lechenaie, Canada   
        SFHR RW Motorsports Honda   
           QA-1        1 – 39.5243 – 227.708    Q – 24
        2 – 39.4718 – 228.011       
        3 – 39.5016 – 227.839       
        4 – 39.5269 – 227.693       
        T 2:38.0246 – 227.813       

12:50 p.m.     No. 14    TAKUMA SATO/Tokyo, Japan   
        ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda   
           QA-1        1 – 39.3116 – 228.940    Q – 25
        2 – 39.3301 – 228.832       
        3 – 39.3326 – 228.818       
        4 – 39.3779 – 228.555       
        T 2:37.3522 – 228.786       

12:54 p.m.    No. 16    ORIOL SERVIA/Pals, Spain   
        Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda   
           QA-1        1 – 39.4640 – 228.056    Q – 26
        2 – 39.4613 – 228.072       
        3 – 39.4666 – 228.041       
        4 – 39.4794 – 227.967       
        T 2:37.8713 – 228.034       

12:59 p.m.    No. 11    SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS/Le Mans, France   
        Hydroxycut/Mistic KVSH Racing Chevrolet   
           QA-1        1 – 39.3428 – 228.759    Q – 27
        2 – 39.3918 – 228.474       
        3 – 39.4511 – 228.131       
        4 – 39.4408 – 228.190       
        T 2:37.6265 – 228.388       

1:03 p.m.    No. 17    SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA/Bogota, Colombia   
        KV AFS Racing Chevrolet   
           QA-1        1 – 39.3743 – 228.575    Q – 28
        2 – 39.4123 – 228.355       
        3 – 39.4568 – 228.098       
        4 – 39.4483 – 228.147       
        T 2:37.6997 – 228.294       

1:08 p.m.    No. 67    JOSEF NEWGARDEN/Hendersonville, Tenn.   
        Hartman Oil/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda   
           QA-1        1 – 39.2452 – 229.327    Q – 29
        2 – 39.2031 – 229.574       
        3 – 39.2225 – 229.460       
        4 – 39.2121 – 229.521       
        T 2:36.8021 – 229.471       
                Bumps #21 Hildebrand out of the Top Nine. #3 Castroneves on bubble.

1:12 p.m.    No. 33    JAMES DAVISON/Melbourne, Australia.   
        KVRT/Always Evolving Racing  Chevrolet   
           QA-1        1 – 39.6633 – 226.910    Q – 30
        2 – 39.6842 – 226.711       
        3 – 39.7066 – 226.663       
        4 – 39.7034 – 226.681       
        T 2:38.7575 – 226.761       

1:16 p.m.    No. 28    RYAN HUNTER-REAY/Fort Lauderdale, Fla   
        DHL Honda   
           QA-1        1 – 39.1534 – 229.865    Q – 31
        2 – 39.1164 – 230.083       
        3 – 39.1064 – 230.141       
        4 – 39.1378 – 229.957       
        T 2:36.5140 – 230.011       
                Bumps #3 Castroneves out of the Top Nine. #67 Newgarden on bubble.

1:23 p.m.    No. 91    BUDDY LAZIER/Vail, Colo.   
        Wynn Institute for Vision Research Chevrolet   
           QA-1        1 – 39.7421 – 226.460    Q – 32
        2 – 39.7129 – 226.627       
        3 – 39.7135 – 226.633       
        4 – 39.7417 – 226.462       
        T 2:38.9102 – 226.543       
                1:27 p.m. – YELLOW. Track inspection.
            1:37 p.m. – GREEN. Track open for practice.
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                1:48 p.m. – Track reopens for qualifying.

1:50 p.m.    No. 77    SIMON PAGENAUD/Montmorillon, France   
        Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda   
           QA-2        1 – 39.2437 – 229.336    Q – 33
        2 – 39.2729 – 229.166       
        3 – 39.2685 – 229.191       
        4 – 39.2877 – 229.079       
        T 2:37.0728 – 229.193       
                Pagenaud improves to 13th.

1:54 p.m.    No. 3    HELIO CASTRONEVES/Sao Paulo, Brazil   
        Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Team Penske Chevrolet   
           QA-2        1 – 39.1357 – 229.969    Q – 34
        2 – 39.1513 – 229.977       
        3 – 39.1756 – 229.735       
        4 – 39.2035 – 229.571       
        T 2:36.6661 – 229.788       
                Castroneves improves to third and bumps No. 67 Newgarden from Fast Nine. No. 34 Munoz on bubble.

1:59 p.m.    No. 22    SAGE KARAM/Nazareth, Pa.   
        Comfort Revolution/Brantley Gilbert Chevrolet   
           QA-2        1 – 39.3464 – 228.738    Q – 35
        2 – 39.3359 – 228.799       
        3 – 39.3547 – 228.689       
        4 – 39.4090 – 228.374       
        T 2:37.4460 – 228.650       

2:03 p.m.    No. 26    KURT BUSCH/ Las Vegas, Nev   
        Suretone Honda   
           QA-2        1 – 39.0647 – 230.388    Q – 36
        2 – 39.1467 – 229.904       
        3 – 39.1578 – 229.839       
        4 – 39.1802 – 229.708       
        T 2:36.5493 – 229.960       
                Busch’s last run was 229.256 and ranked 12th. He improves to second and bumps No. 34 Munoz from Fast Nine. No. 2 Montoya on bubble.

2:07 p.m.    No. 2    JUAN PABLO MONTOYA/Bogota, Colombia   
        Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet   
           QA-2        1 – 39.1957 – 229.617    Q – 37
        2 – 39.1701 – 229.767       
        3 – 39.1743 – 229.743       
        4 – 39.1677 – 229.781       
        T 2:36.7078 – 229.727       
                Montoya’s last run was 229.594 and ranked ninth. He improves to sixth. No. 12 Power on bubble.

2:12 p.m.    No. 7    MIKHAIL ALESHIN/Moscow, Russia   
        SMP Racing Honda   
           QA-2        1 – 39.3429 – 228.758    Q – 38
        2 – 39.2636 – 229.220       
        3 – 39.2630 – 229.223       
        4 – 39.2731 – 229.164       
        T 2:37.1426 – 229.091       
                Aleshin’s last run was 228.385 and ranked 22nd. He improves to 14th.
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2:20 p.m.    No. 10    TONY KANAAN/Salvador, Brazil   
        Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet   
           QA-2        1 – 39.6483 – 226.996    UA – 1
        2 – 39.6240 – 227.135       
        Attempt waved off by Race Control       

2:24 p.m.    No. 63    PIPPA MANN/Ipswich, England   
        Dale Coyne Racing Honda   
           QA-2        1 – 39.5246 – 227.706    UA – 2
        2 – 39.5386 – 227.626       
        3 – 39.5273 – 227.691       
        4 – 39.5070 – 227.808       
        T 2:38.0975 – 227.708       
                Mann’s last run was 227.721 and ranked 30th. She does not improve her speed.

2:28 p.m.    No. 34    CARLOS MUNOZ/Bogota, Colombia   
        Cinsay AndrettiTV.com HVM Honda   
           QA-2        1 – 39.1710 – 229.762    UA – 3
        2 – 39.2897 – 229.068       
        3 – 39.0882 – 230.249       
        4 – 39.7373 – 226.487       
        T 2:37.2862 – 228.156       
                Munoz’s last run was 229.590 and ranked 10th. He does not improve his speed.
               
2:33 p.m.    No. 12    WILL POWER/Toowoomba, Australia   
        Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet   
           QA-2        1 – 39.0962 – 230.201    Q – 39
        2 – 39.0686 – 230.364       
        3 – 39.0572 – 230.431       
        4 – 39.0802 – 230.296       
        T 2:36.3022 – 230.323       
                Power’s last run was 229.649 and ranked 9th. He improves to provisional pole. #25 Andretti on bubble for Fast Nine.
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                2:37 p.m. – Helicopter taking Kurt Busch to Indianapolis International Airport has departed the Speedway. He will race in the NASCAR all-star race tonight at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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2:40 p.m.    No. 21    JR HILDEBRAND/Sausalito, Calif.   
        Preferred Freezer/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet   
           QA-2        1 – 39.0681 – 230.367    Q – 40
        2 – 39.1148 – 230.092       
        3 – 39.1569 – 229.845       
        4 – 39.1634 – 229.806       
        T 2:36.5032 – 230.027       
                Hildebrand’s last run was 229.453 and ranked 12th. He improves to third and bumps #25 Andretti from the Fast Nine. #27 Hinchcliffe is on the Fast Nine bubble.

2:45 p.m.    No. 25    MARCO ANDRETTI/Nazareth, Pa.   
        Snapple Honda   
           QA-2        1 – 39.1172 – 230.078    Q – 41
        2 – 39.1533 – 229.866       
        3 – 39.1744 – 229.742       
        4 – 39.1883 – 229.660       
        T 2:36.6332 – 229.836       
                Andretti’s last run was 229.663 and ranked 10th. He improves to sixth and bumps No. 27 Hinchcliffe  from the Fast Nine. No. 2 Montoya is on the Fast Nine bubble.

2:50 p.m.    No. 15    GRAHAM RAHAL/New Albany, Ohio.   
        National Guard Honda   
           QA-2        1 – 39.2838 – 229.102    UA – 4
        2 – 39.3182 – 228.902       
        3 – 39.4567 – 228.098       
        4 – 39.7008 – 226.696       
        T 2:37.7595 – 228.915       
                Rahal’s last run was 228.664 and ranked 17th. He does not improve his time.

2:54 p.m.    No. 67    JOSEF NEWGARDEN/Hendersonville, Tenn.   
        Hartman Oil/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda   
           QA-2        1 – 39.1121 – 230.108    Q – 42
        2 – 39.1926 – 229.635       
        3 – 39.2212 – 229.468       
        4 – 39.2433 – 229.339       
        T 2:36.7692 – 229.637       
                Newgarden’s last run was 229.471 and ranked 12th. He improves to 11th.

2:58 p.m.    No. 77    SIMON PAGENAUD/Montmorrilon, France   
        Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda   
           QA-3        1 – 39.0639 – 230.392    Q – 43
        2 – 39.0900 – 230.238       
        3 – 39.1520 – 229.973       
        4 – 39.1682 – 229.778       
        T 2:36.4741 – 230.070       
                Pagenaud’s last run was 229.193 and ranked 13th. He improves to third and bumps No. 2 Montoya  from the Fast Nine. No. 98 Hawksworth is on the Fast Nine bubble.

3:02 p.m.    No. 16    ORIOL SERVIA/Pals, Spain   
        Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda   
           QA-2        1 – 39.8064 – 226.094    UA – 5
        2 – 39.4798 – 227.965       
        3 – 39.4743 – 227.996       
        Attempt is waved off by Race Director.        
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3:08 p.m.  – YELLOW for a Track Inspection due to reports of rain. #83 Kimball did not take the green flag and waved off the attempt.

INDIANAPOLIS 500 QUALIFYING QUOTES

KURT BUSCH (No. 26 Suretone Honda): (About his first run): “I’ve qualified Pro Stocks on the quarter-mile; I’ve done the longest track on the NASCAR circuit (Talladega) but to do four laps here on a 2.5-mile track, that’s a 10-mile run. That’s the longest I’ve had to focus for a qualifying run. Just the shear excitement of trusting a car with downforce going down into Turn 1 at 230 is indescribable. Those four laps felt like one; 230 is a totally different game. I wasn’t as focused as I needed to be; the moment of Indy can kind of overtake you. It was a very solid run; I was hoping for more. I didn’t keep up with the adjustments in the car. Those guys at Andretti Auto sport have given me a great car. I have to head to Charlotte by 3 p.m. I’ve got to be able to start the Charlotte race – there’s a million bucks down there.  It’s been an experience, the month of May in an Indy car. It’s really hard to digest at all. The chance to qualify is one thing but to do it in an Andretti car is another. The qualifying run I made felt very comfortable, maybe that’s why it wasn’t as good as I had hoped. Maybe I was conservative with the car instead of edgy. I have to thank Andretti Autosport and Suretone for making all this happen; those guys have been great to partner up with and run a big advertising campaign around the Indy 500. We’re going to try and make it to Charlotte in time for the drivers’ meeting tonight. It’s nice that NASCAR has allowed my car to be practiced (by Parker Kligerman).” (About second run): “The Andretti team has taken the steps to help me get to a comfortable place to be able to go out there. We could have camped on our 12th-place run from our earlier outing and been back out here tomorrow. But why not go for it? We didn’t have to withdraw our time, so why not go for it and try to get into that final group. I gave my heart a run at it. If we end up outside of the Top Nine I know I gave it my all and that was really a neat experience – not to withdraw the time, but go to up against the car and myself to pick up speed. The way you have to challenge a track for a NASCAR run is you have the most downforce and the car is going to be the most at its grip level. Here at Indy you take all the grip away and you take all the downforce – you make the car as uncomfortable as you can make it. And then they tack on three extra laps, so you’re doing 10 miles. So I’ve qualified a Pro Stock car a quarter-mile at a time, I’ve qualified a stock car for 15 years – qualifying at Indy you have to do it over 10 miles and you have to do it in the most unnerving conditions with the car; the car is not ready to go 230 (mph) but you have to handle it.”

JACQUES VILLENEUVE (No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “It was nice and easy. We didn’t trim the car. We concentrated on the race setup. We didn’t have time to trim the car down, so we didn’t take any risk. The car was quite fast without being trimmed, so we’re actually quite happy.” (Comparing today to his qualifying in 1995) “The ’95 car was edgy. I wasn’t flat out on the four laps. There was more horsepower so you were a little bit more on the ragged edge. Now, it’s more of a question of momentum. The speeds are similar but it drives differently. I love driving at these speeds, that’s what I was born to do.”

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 11 Hydroxycut/Mistic KVSH Racing): “It was a clean run for four laps; pretty solid. But I struggled quite a bit in Lap 3 and 4. Coming off of (Turn) 2 is the tailwind. I guess I could have been a little bit more aggressive. But the bottom line, you got on new tires; perfect track. It was a 228.7 and it’s just not good enough to make the Fast Nine. We can’t really trim the car much more than that, so I think the Mistic/Hydroxycut machine is just going to call it a day and come back tomorrow and just try to figure something out for tomorrow.”

ALEX TAGLIANI (No. 68 SFHR/RW Motorsports): “That wasn’t as good as we wanted. We lost some speed and we lost the balance. I guess we have some good data to look at. Josef (Newgarden) seems to be quicker than us. Hopefully we can come up with some plan for this afternoon and maybe try again. Hopefully, we can find what it takes. I think we’ll see some guys go back out. The reward in points is so important for the championship.” (On the variable conditions): “When you have this sort of run, you’re scratching your head and you’re wondering. But I think we have something we can fall back on.”

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Chevrolet): (About his first run): “It was an average run. I think we were a little bit neutral and started sliding the rear a bit coming from Lap 2 and onwards. The speed just wasn’t there anyways. After Ed (Carpenter’s) run we have to find a good mile and one-half or a little more. We’re trimmed out more than what they are. It’s not about how trim you are; it’s all about the whole package together. We’ll go back out. With warmer conditions later we may see some bigger speeds.” (About Tony Kanaan as teammate): “It never hurts to have last year’s Indy 500 champion alongside you. We’re trying to work as hard together as we can. He has a lot of good experience. Hopefully we can get our package running and increase the speeds here.”

ORIOL SERVIA (No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda): “The car was good, just a little slow. It felt pretty good. We would like to have a little more speed to be honest, but we have all day to find it. That’s what I like about this new procedure. It’s fun (post qualifying), all these pictures, after qualifying. You always feel that you’re giving the people something special. “

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda): “I just gotta be grateful to even be able to come out here and qualify the car. Just being here is great. A week ago today I was on a stretcher and didn’t know my own name. So we’ve come a long way in a short period of time. So much credit to everyone who’s helped me out over the last week. To get here is all the medical staff’s doing but to go that fast, that’s the team - those little practices we had to get those cars going fast and EJ (Viso) stepping in for more me. This weekend is so important to us. Those four flying laps around this place are so special. So to be able to do it at all and go as quick as we did is awesome. This new qualifying format has thrown a couple of curve balls to everybody. Hopefully we can go out there and tune a little bit, because we’re going to need a little bit more tomorrow to catch Ed (Carpenter). It’s going to be tough. When you get to this downforce level, things start to get really sensitive; really sketchy. But as long as the weather’s good and we get a good run at it today and tune on it, hopefully it will be alright.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Team Penske): “Well, it was good. The weather is perfect. It couldn’t be better. The weather is helping so much; everyone is comfortable with their car. The car was actually solid. We just didn’t quite put up the speed we were expecting. But the Pennzoil car looks good. That’s what it’s all about. Now, we need a little more speed so we can secure the top nine. It’s so on the limit. You can see the times are so close. One small detail can make a big difference.”

PIPPA MANN (No. 63 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): “We were hoping for a little bit better (speed) out there. I struggled to get any heat in the tires on that run. We’ll go back to the garage and work on the car. I think we’ll be faster later.”

CARLOS HUERTAS (No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): “I thought it was a decent run, but there is still something left in the car. I hope we can get another chance later today to improve on it.”

MIKHAIL ALESHIN (No. 7 SMP Racing Honda):  “It felt amazing. It’s an amazing feeling. That’s my first qualifying on an oval and it’s the Indy 500 – that’s good. Obviously, we had some issues during the qualifying but I think for my first time it was good. I didn’t have a lot of possibility to drive and test the setup because of the weather was not so good, so it was difficult but it was good.”

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 National Guard Honda): “We kind of got behind working on the race car a lot and we lost (Friday). When we got done with that and got out of the garage, it started to rain. We’re a little bit behind, but I’d say our run was clean.  Was it the quickest run? No. Is there more in the car? Yes, we just have to get it handling a little better. Overall, I’d say we’ve done a good job. Right now I’d say we’re in mid-pack, but a lot of good guys have gone. I think I had the fastest warm-up speed, but maybe I pushed too hard in warming up and killed the front tires a little bit.”

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet): “It felt solid. I just need a bit more speed. We’re going to go back and work pretty hard and see what we can do to go faster. I’m pretty sure we’ll go back out again. I think it (the new qualifying format) is going to be great. It’s going to roll all the way into tomorrow. It’s going to keep the excitement going all weekend for the fans. I think as the day rolls on today, it’s going to just keep getting stronger and stronger. It should be fun.”

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA (No. 17 AFS KVAFS Racing Chevrolet): “It’s hard to believe that this is the same car that was involved in the big accident last weekend. I am so proud of the KV AFS Racing guys; they did an amazing job putting the car back together in two days. We lost a lot of time on track, but we are here and the car feels good. To be at the same pace as my teammates with a car that is not fully build for this event is a great feeling.  We haven’t focused so much time on the qualifying trim, so I know we have a good race car and now we focus on the race next weekend.”

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 25 Snapple Honda): (About his first run): “I think it was a decent first stab, but I’m not sure it will hold up for the (Fast Nine). That might be a bubble time.” (On running a lap over 232 miles per hour in morning practice): “That lap felt awesome, but it doesn’t really tell the story for me right now.” (How long do you sit and wait before you potentially make another run?): “We need to make the appropriate change and make sure the car is well rubbed on and ready to go. We don’t want to rush anything. But as soon as we’re ready I’m ready.”

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet): (About if he’s surprised by the speeds) “I thought it was going to be a little slower this morning, but then once it warmed up the speed seemed about right. I expected the Ganassi cars to be a little bit better, and like I said, five teams in there – Newgarden threw it in at the end and all sorts of teams represented. That’s what’s awesome about [the Verizon IndyCar Series] right now.” (About what he has to do to keep the momentum going tomorrow) “It’s jus