Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud is on a roll this month. After going winless for the entire 2018 IndyCar season, he in a wet IndyCar GP to take victory on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, and now, he sits on pole for this weekend's Indy 500. You can watch his 229.992-mph run below.
Pagenaud's four-lap average was 0.103 mph quicker than local hero Ed Carpenter's, who will start the 500 from 2nd. Carpenter's team nearly locked out the front row of the 103rd Indy 500 grid with Spencer Pigot posting a 229.826-mph run, and Ed Jones managing 229.646 mph. Special mention also has to be given to Colton Herta, the 19-year-old rookie who qualified P5 with a 229.086-mph run. You can view .
Arguably, there was more drama on the other side of the grid. Six cars fought for the last row on the grid, with Sage Karam, James Hinchcliffe—who dramatically failed to make the show last year—and Kyle Kaiser getting those three spots. Rookie Patricio O'Ward, Max Chilton, and perhaps most shockingly, two-time F1 champ Fernando Alonso, were bumped.
Kaiser, driving a yet-to-be-sponsored car, and his tiny team, Juncos Racing, wrote when they bumped Alonso and McLaren. Kaiser destroyed his car in a crash Friday, but the team was able to get a backup car up to speed.
The 103rd Indy 500 will be broadcast on NBC this Sunday starting at 12:00 PM eastern.