Scott Dixon holds off young guns with Indy 500 pole

Scott Dixon requires a selfie just after successful the pole for the one hundred and fifth working of the Indianapolis five hundred. (Getty Images)


INDIANAPOLIS — Scott Dixon noticed his group tinkering with his race vehicle but asked no inquiries. When his a few teammates made their Indianapolis five hundred qualifying makes an attempt, he failed to want to listen to their opinions.

The six-time IndyCar winner and biggest driver of his technology preferred to be remaining by yourself to put together for his have gutsy operate about Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Two of IndyCar’s budding young stars sat atop the leaderboard in Sunday qualifying and “The Iceman” was determined to press them apart.

Dixon did just that and slammed the brakes on IndyCar’s present-day youth movement by successful his fourth Indianapolis five hundred pole by a mere .03 seconds, or around six feet about the ten-mile qualifying operate.

“It was really furry, glad it is about. It was unquestionably really tense,” Dixon reported. “I could see the mechanics functioning on the vehicle as we rolled by way of, altering the wings. I asked them not to inform me. It is unquestionably a roller coaster of emotions for every person and I’m really truly relieved that which is all about.”

Dixon was the closing driver on the track in the Quickly 9 portion of qualifying that sets the initially a few rows for up coming Sunday’s race. Chip Ganassi Racing has been continually powerful all week at Indy and all four of its automobiles were being part of the Quickly 9 competing for the pole.

The Ganassi team liked its chances and Dixon was comfortable heading out final. But then Rinus VeeKay and Ed Carpenter, the only two Chevrolet drivers competing towards 7 Honda teams in the Quickly 9, posted a pair of monster laps and VeeKay landed a spot on the entrance row.

Future came Colton Herta, the 21-calendar year-aged American who just final week acquired a contract extension at Andretti Autosport. Herta held it wide open up to bump VeeKay, the 20-calendar year-aged Dutchman who final week scored his initially career IndyCar acquire, from the pole.

Dixon, the 2008 Indy five hundred winner who also has a few runner-up finishes that incorporates final year’s race, quickly wished it wasn’t up to him to beat the young ones.

“I’d choose heading final, for absolutely sure. But then I didn’t just after I noticed the ECR and Herta runs. I was unquestionably really nervous,” Dixon reported. “You’re just seeking to keep as serene as probable. For me, I imagine probably for all of us, the greatest circumstance for us is really just remaining in the vehicle and doing what we truly take pleasure in, what we really like.

“The nerves are all about just that level of competition amount is just by way of the roof right now.”

Dixon’s ordinary four-lap velocity of 231.685 mph knocked Herta to second just after Herta’s 231.665 place him on leading of the leaderboard for around ten minutes. VeeKay at 231.511 acquired the closing spot on the entrance row.

Dixon turns 41 in July — the mixed age of the two drivers starting up coming to him in the Indy five hundred.

“It’s a full new technology,” VeeKay reported.

Herta, who is promptly turning into a star in the collection, failed to complain about remaining bumped by Dixon.

“I just can not hold out for up coming Sunday, we have acquired a good race vehicle,” Herta reported. “Second location is not also negative of a location to get started.”

Honda rolled into the Quickly 9 qualifying session with 7 drivers as opposed to two for rival Chevrolet. But the Chevy ability looks just high-quality as VeeKay and group owner Carpenter capable 3rd and fourth and sat atop the leaderboard until Herta and Dixon made the closing two runs of the day.

Lining up up coming to Carpenter on the second row will be Tony Kanaan, at forty six the oldest driver in the industry, and Alex Palou. Kanaan and Palou are Dixon’s teammates at Ganassi, as is Marcus Ericsson, who capable ninth.

Ryan Hunter-Reay for Andretti was seventh and Helio Castroneves eighth for Meyer Shank Racing.

“If I was a supporter, I’d be truly enthusiastic with that Quickly 9 qualifying. Men just retained heading quicker just about every one operate,” reported Herta, who then muttered a curse phrase when he learned his starting place acquired him an 8 a.m. Monday picture shoot for the entrance-row qualifiers.

The initially a few rows account for six Indy five hundred wins and eight collection championships amid four drivers — proving veteran knowledge nonetheless issues at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“It’s pretty bizarre that the dude starting in advance of me was donning diapers when I started off my initially Indy five hundred,” Kanaan reported of VeeKay, who gets to be the youngest entrance-row starter in 105 runnings of the race.

In a 75-minute shootout for the closing a few places in the industry held right in advance of the Quickly 9 session, Sage Karam, Will Power and Simona de Silvestro made the race. Charlie Kimball and R.C. Enerson were being knocked from the 33-vehicle industry.


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