The eight racers to qualify for the Fast Nine Shootout behind Pigot, of Ed Carptenter Racing, are, in order: Will Power (Team Penske), Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske), Josef Newgarden (Team Penske), Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing), Ed Jones (Ed Carpenter Racing, Scuderia Corsa), Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing), Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport), and Sébastien Bourdais (Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan). Alonso was sitting in 33rd place when Kaiser went out for the final qualifying run of the day and put up a four-lap average speed of 227.372 miles per hour that beat the Spaniard by.02 miles per hour and make his second consecutive Indy 500.
The Spaniard had slipped into Sunday's "Bump Day" qualifying shootout to determine the drivers who start on the final row of the grid for the famous race. Still, even after a sizable crash that led to McLaren equipping its spare vehicle for running duty, it seemed a given that all would return to harmony as Alonso paced the field in the final practice before Saturday qualifying.
"I think the auto felt better today than what we had yesterday. You can only do that if you try", Alonso told the press after qualifying.
Alonso, with McLaren, failed to qualify for next Sunday's race.
Kyle Kaiser has never been happier to come in last place. They've been working non-stop to get this auto ready. He had a four-lap qualifying average of 229.992 miles per hour to edge Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot and give Chevrolet a clean sweep of the front row for next Sunday's race.
Kaiser and Juncos had a tough week, losing two sponsors days before Indianapolis 500 practice, then destroying their entry in a crash on Fast Friday and getting the backup ready to race in time.
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"We're racing next weekend".
"We want to earn our place in the field", De Ferran said. Surrounding the media obligation was an air of gutted glory that seeped into de Ferran's responses to reporter questions, most notably one in which he apologized to Alonso for not providing a vehicle worthy of taking the fight to his competitors. In my 35 years of racing, actually a few more, this is the most painful experience I've ever had.
"We kind of miscalculated how much better the track conditions were going to get at the end of the day", Mann said, per the IndyCar website. Starting sixth is not bad, but I really want a pole here. So we were certainly very aware of how hard this was going to be.
"Success or disappointments only come if you accept big challenges".
The Team Penske driver is coming off a victory in the IndyCar Grand Prix just two weeks ago.
"Yes, I can comment on that", the two-time CART champion said.