Pagenaud Claims Indy 500 Pole

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – Sunday’s Indy 500 qualifications saw the highest of highs and the lowest of lows as Simon Pagenaud claimed the pole position with an average speed of 229.992 mph while Fernando Alonso was bumped from the field of 33 and will not compete.

Pagenaud will lead the closest field in Indianapolis 500 history as the time separating his qualifying time from that of the slowest qualifier (Pippa Mann) was 1.8932 seconds, breaking the previous mark of 2.1509 seconds in 2014.
Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot will round out Lane 1.
Meanwhile, Alonso saw a disastrous weekend come to an end in the Last Row Shootout as Kyle Kaiser bumped the two-time Formula 1 champion from the field. Kaiser was the final driver to race and he did so on a backup car after he crashed his primary one during Friday’s practice.
Sage Karam, James Hinchcliffe and Kaiser will be lined up in the final row.