IndyCar: Rosenqvist leads Arrow McLaren 1-2 in Indy 500 qualifying

Benefitting from their F1 technology to make their cars fastest, Arrow McLaren Chevy drivers Felix Rosenqvist and Alexander Rossi turned the top two fastest speeds to lead Day 1 qualifying for the 107th running of the Indy 500.

Rosenqvist turned a 4-lap average speed of 233.947 mph to nip his teammate Rossi who averaged 233.528 mph.

Alexander Rossi – Indianapolis 500 – By_ James Black

Alex Palou was the fastest Honda in third at 233.398 mph for Chip Ganassi Racing.

One of the good news stories of the day was that AJ Foyt Enterprises had both of their entries, Santino Ferrucci, driving the No 14 Homes for our Troops,  and the rookie Benjamin Pedersen, driving the No 55 AJ Foyt Racing/Sexton Properties, both qualify in the Top 12 for today’s qualifying.

Another good news story was Callum Ilott, driver of the No 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing entry, was able to put his car on the grid in the 28th place, after having his car completely rebuilt from a new chassis up.  His team had to work late into the evening yesterday since the decision for the new car was made in the afternoon on Fast Friday.

The bad news is the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team was not able to earn a spot in the guaranteed spots 13 through 30 except for Katherine Legge, driving the No 44 Hendrickson Honda, who secured the 30th position.

The other three teammates, Graham Rahal, Christian Lundgaard and Jack Harvey, will be requalifying tomorrow for the last row with Dale Coyne Racing w/RWR’s Sting Ray Robb.  One of those four cars will not make the race.

But wait, it didn’t really all count.  Tomorrow, along with the last row qualifying, we will see the Top 12 requalify, with a second session for the Firestone Fast Six, to set the final grid and the pole for the 107th running of the Indy 500.

Select Quotes

Josef Newgarden, No. 2 Chevrolet at Team Penske:

“We’re just trying to make it into the next show tomorrow, and the Fast 12. Unfortunately, I think that’s just what we had today. We really went aggressive, about as aggressive as you can go, and it just wasn’t there. I’m really proud of the team for really giving an effort. You’ve got to do that. You’ve got to try. We were close enough to give it a try, and unfortunately, we were a little short. I think we’ll have a great racecar. I’m really proud to drive the Shell car. Everybody is fueled by Shell in this field with a completely renewable fuel because of Shell, so it’s a big deal in the INDYCAR series, be the first U.S.-based motorsports championship to say that. Proud of Chevy too. I think Chevy has done a great job this weekend. Just bummed we’re not going to be there tomorrow, but we’re going to work towards next weekend.”

Will Power, No. 12 Chevrolet at Team Penske:

“I can’t believe how tight this qualifying session was today. Before our last run we trimmed the Verizon 5G Chevy and changed gears, and ran basically the same speed. It’s an incredibly fierce field. This No. 12 team has done a great job, but it’s a very competitive field. It shows just how tough INDYCAR is, and I think it’s great.”

Scott McLaughlin, No. 3 Chevrolet at Team Penske:

“I think we lacked a little bit of downforce. I tried to hold on as flat as long as I could and everyone was pretty solid, you guys you guys would be all over the replays. The Pennzoil Chevy was tight but you got to hold it in Indy 500 qualifying and it was fine. We will go back out and try to get cranking speeds in the car. It’s amazing.”

ON SECOND RUN: “When I was on the first lap, I thought we had something but then every lap, it was just too stuck (too much downforce). We had to go for more speed to make it in the Fast-12, but it was not there.  We had four really fast and consistent laps but it wasn’t there.”

Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Chevrolet at Arrow McLaren INDYCAR:

“Definitely a super strong run and that’ll be enough to get to the top-12. Not saying we’re not going to come back out and see we can make it a little bit better for preparation you know for tomorrow. But that was a really, really solid run–very happy with that. The winds are getting a little gusty here and it started getting a little wiggly there in turn four but I’m very, very happy with that.”

Felix Rosenqvist, No. 6 Chevrolet at Arrow McLaren INDYCAR:

“Man, it did (surprise me). I have no words. Phenomenal run. Big thanks to Arrow McLaren, Team Chevy. Every time we’re out there, we’re learning something. The first run wasn’t optimal. I wasn’t super happy with it but it was clearly quick enough. We said let’s go out again and learn something for tomorrow and kind of be the same conditions, or hotter. I thought it was good experience, and then like I couldn’t believe what I saw. It was unreal. We trimmed the car out a little bit and tuned up the balance. But I had no idea I was going to be that quick. Definitely puts a smile on my face.”

Alexander Rossi, No. 7 Chevrolet at Arrow McLaren INDYCAR:

“This is INDYCAR and knowing how this works probably not another run for us. An amazing team effort from Arrow McLaren and Chevy brought some amazing horsepower this month which is which is awesome and the balance every day it’s been getting better and better. This team is unbelievable. So happy with that first one for sure. We’re in the show.”

“An amazing team day. I don’t have enough to say about the whole group. To get four cars in the top 12 – I can’t put into words how challenging that is. It’s really special to be a part of. Tomorrow’s going to be an amazing day, and hopefully one of us can be on pole.”

Tony Kanaan, No. 66 Chevrolet at Arrow McLaren INDYCAR:

“I don’t know if it’s a drama. We started the day a little bit more conservative. We just kept digging. I need to thank definitely my teammates for it. They’re all in. They kept supporting me, asking me, You got to do it again, you got to do it again. We finally on the last run nailed it. Great team effort. It was nice. It was unexpected, especially I don’t think I’ve ever done that many qualify attempts in this place. I guess because it’s my last one they kept sending me out, so it paid off.”

Gavin Ward, Race Director at Arrow McLaren INDYCAR:

“Saturday qualifying for the Indy 500 is, I think, the coolest day in motorsports. It can go either way on you. Today was a good day. We wanted to give each of our cars a shot at the pole, and we’ve got that – all four in the top eight and the two quickest of the day. Tomorrow is the day that counts, though. Strong day for the team. Let’s have some fun tomorrow.”

Conor Daly, No. 20 Chevrolet at Ed Carpenter Racing:

“Fast enough. I mean, we’ve got good cars three good cars. Pace, as usual, is just faster than us. So tough to say. But I mean, it’s the most comfortable I’ve been here in a while qualifying. So we got to run again and try to get our way in there. But I’m not sure how much more raw speed there is in the car. Yeah, so we’ll see. What differences can you make? What changes? What are you looking for? For that second round, it will just be small changes. And you know, you got to drive it out of control here to be fast, so we just have to get it more out of control.? It was most comfortable because we just dialed in the balance but the problem is comfortable, too slow. So we got to be able to control and we got to add a little bit of a headdress that was coming out to during that run so hopefully we can tie it all together when we get back in the car.”

Rinus VeeKay, No. 21 Chevrolet at Ed Carpenter Racing:

“To be honest, I’m most happy when it’s over. But I mean, this team gives me gives you a great car where, you know, I was barely making any adjustments. It was all in all very, very detailed work. But that was a great car to drive. I’m very happy and yeah, I mean, look at Chevy, you know, they’ve upped their game, so, yes, really good day. I think we’re hanging in there confidently. today. So, you know, you want to drive the least possible especially me, maybe the team wants to go out but I don’t think so. Anyway, great job by the team great performance and yeah, very proud to drive the car. It’s always nice to have them around and they are as excited as it gets, especially my dad. You know, I’m, I’m afraid his heart’s gonna stop sometime because it’s blood pressures through the roof. But you know he’s the best that I could ask for at the racetrack. And of course, my mom was there to calm him down. But now they’re the great parents. Very solid.”

Ed Carpenter, No. 33 Chevrolet at Ed Carpenter Racing:

“I think there was one awkward shift there that did it. So that’s how tight it is right now in the NTT INDYCAR Series. I am disappointed for my team and BITNILE.COM. This isn’t what we are accustomed to, but – got a ton of confidence and what we’ve been doing the whole month-just keep doing those things. The race cars are really good. I felt as strong as I have in a long time.  I’m just gonna have to do some more work this week. We have Rinus (VeeKay) in the Fast-12, so we will all focus on helping him advance to the Firestone Fast Six. Then Monday, we all go work on our race cars and the final two practices.”

Santino Ferrucci, No. 14 Chevrolet at AJ Foyt Racing:

“Good run for us. I will work to keep our momentum rolling! Driving for AJ Foyt I think it makes it even more special. It’s a relief to be honest. you know, I’m just happy where we are today. I think it’s a huge testament one day at a time for this team, but I will tell you right now, I think we have a better race car than we do a qualifying car. That will make it more exciting for us.  So I think we will go out again around 4:00 PM because I guess that’s what you are supposed do.”

Benjamin Pedersen, No. 55 Chevrolet at AJ Foyt Racing:

“It’s helpful but at the end of the day, you’ve got to get in the race car and go. But man, it was a pretty good car. You know, there’s little things where I could have done that a little bit better. But honestly, it was a really good run and yeah, it’s it’s fast. It was my first but my best ever qualifying here but that’s because it’s my first ever qualifying here. So the presence here is amazing. The vibe everything AJs presents being right over my shoulder with running on track is very special.”

Callum Ilott, No. 77 Chevrolet at Juncos Hollinger Racing:

“We made the race. First of all, great. But it was looking a bit difficult, especially a week ago, coming here. Not easy, and we’ve been through some wars. We had to change the chassis last night, then a big unknown going into today. Bit of an impossible task, but we pulled it off. Obviously, there’s a bit more to achieve. We’ve got to get the racecar in a good window, but yeah, I’m super happy to be making the race. It’s a lot of hard work that everyone behind the scenes has been working to achieve, and thanks to Juncos, big thanks to Chevy.”

Agustin Canapino, No. 78 Chevrolet at Juncos Hollinger Racing:

“We have finished qualifications on the first day. I am very proud of my team. I am very, very happy to be in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time in my life. Now, we’ll focus on the race. We’ll do our best to finish in the best possible position.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 23 Chevrolet at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing:

“Qualifying was harder than I thought it would be with the first run. Usually, it’s pretty straight forward. Not sure why we slowed for the second two laps. I didn’t see that coming with the handling. The whole car just took off to the wall in turn three. That wasn’t a clean run for us. We lost the consistency in the balance of the car. That really hurt our average speed. We will wait and see how the other speeds go throughout the day. We found a problem with the first run. So, we fixed it and the second run was much more consistent. We picked up six sports. Maybe we’ll go later in the day if conditions remain the same. We wanted to run four consistent laps and get an overall faster speed for qualifying. It’s a lot of work with a new team and new crew. This team is very good, but everything is new for me. And I am new for them. It takes time to blend everything throughout the month of May.”

Stefan Wilson, No. 24 Chevrolet at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing:

“I was very nervous going out later as the track was getting hotter. Sun was beating down on the track. It was a good run, but I made a slight mistake on the third lap. I thought we would have the No. 24 DRR/Cusick Motorsports/CareKeepers Chevrolet higher on the speed charts today. The car felt great and I’m ready to go out for another run soon. It seems so easy to just be turning left for four laps, but there is so much going on in those four laps for a driver. You are always making adjustments during the qualifying run. I’m very proud to be part of Team Chevy this year. This is my third year with a Chevrolet engine. Seems like every year Chevy just gives us more power.”

Dennis Reinbold, Team Owner, Dreyer & Reinbold:

“We know we have good race cars after this week’s practice runs. We were a little disappointed in our first qualifying runs for both drivers. We had some speed fall off in the last two laps for both guys. We know what happened there, so we look to run again with those adjustments. We believe we can be more consistent with all four laps again and improved our four-lap averages.”

Day 1 Qualifying Results

Pos No Name 4-Lap Avg QLap1 QLap2 QLap3 QLap4 Engine Team
1 6 Felix Rosenqvist 233.947 234.329 234.310 233.780 233.372 Chevy Arrow McLaren
2 7 Alexander Rossi 233.528 234.177 233.757 233.389 232.796 Chevy Arrow McLaren
3 10 Alex Palou 233.398 234.248 233.698 233.113 232.540 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
4 21 Rinus VeeKay 233.395 233.902 233.608 233.132 232.940 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
5 9 Scott Dixon 233.375 233.803 233.743 233.283 232.672 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
6 66 Tony Kanaan 233.347 234.057 233.315 233.356 232.663 Chevy Arrow McLaren
7 11 Takuma Sato 233.322 234.085 233.619 232.810 232.779 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
8 5 Pato O’Ward 233.252 233.829 233.381 232.943 232.857 Chevy Arrow McLaren
9 14 Santino Ferrucci 233.147 233.564 233.237 233.111 232.676 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
10 8 Marcus Ericsson 233.030 233.541 233.257 232.867 232.458 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
11 55 Benjamin Pedersen 232.739 233.297 232.847 232.573 232.242 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
12 12 Will Power 232.719 233.118 232.864 232.501 232.394 Chevy Team Penske
13 33 Ed Carpenter 232.689 233.628 232.396 232.605 232.133 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
14 3 Scott McLaughlin 232.677 232.914 232.783 232.508 232.506 Chevy Team Penske
15 27 Kyle Kirkwood 232.662 233.476 233.062 232.391 231.726 Honda Andretti Autosport
16 20 Conor Daly 232.433 233.129 232.703 232.153 231.752 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
17 2 Josef Newgarden 232.402 232.640 232.379 232.401 232.189 Chevy Team Penske
18 23 Ryan Hunter-Reay 232.133 232.445 232.338 232.008 231.741 Chevy Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
19 28 Romain Grosjean 231.997 232.580 232.099 231.758 231.554 Honda Andretti Autosport
20 06 Helio Castroneves 231.954 232.343 231.970 231.832 231.672 Honda Meyer Shank Racing
21 26 Colton Herta 231.951 232.469 231.873 231.753 231.708 Honda Andretti Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian
22 60 Simon Pagenaud 231.878 231.916 231.984 231.970 231.643 Honda Meyer Shank Racing
23 18 David Malukas 231.769 232.433 232.046 231.508 231.094 Honda Dale Coyne Racing with HMD
24 98 Marco Andretti 231.682 232.331 231.999 231.202 231.198 Honda Andretti
25 24 Stefan Wilson 231.648 232.238 232.036 230.939 231.383 Chevy Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
26 29 Devlin DeFrancesco 231.353 232.151 231.932 231.440 229.904 Honda Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport
27 78 Agustin Canapino 231.320 232.514 231.615 230.832 230.330 Chevy Juncos Holling Racing
28 77 Callum Ilott 231.182 232.470 232.014 230.903 229.367 Chevy Juncos Hollinger Racing
29 50 RC Enerson 231.129 231.966 231.433 230.899 230.224 Chevy Abel Motorsports
30 44 Katherine Legge 231.070 231.596 231.380 230.679 230.627 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing


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