Scott Dixon Earns Indy 500 Pole Position
Scott Dixon has earned the pole position for the upcoming Indianapolis 500, and he did so by the slimmest of margins.
Dixon finished just 0.03 mph ahead of Colton Herta, who is one of the up-and-coming drivers in the IndyCar series.
Herta is just 21 years old and was recently given an extension with Andretti Autosport. The young driver was holding the pole position until Dixon, the last driver to make his qualifying attempt slipped past him.
Dixon has six IndyCar championships under his belt, and he is regarded as one of the best drivers the sport has ever seen. He made it clear early in his qualifying that he was pushing his car to the limit in order to earn the pole position.
The average speed for Dixon was 231.685 mph, and it will put him in a great position to win the upcoming Indy 500. Rinus VeeKay will start in the third position on the front row, a great accomplishment for the 20-year-old.
This accomplishment gives Dixon his fourth pole at the Indy 500, and he is just the fifth driver to ever accomplish this feat. When Dixon picked up his only win at the Indianapolis 500, it came from the pole position.
The Fast Nine featured just two makes of cars, but it was Honda that had the fastest cars of the day. Seven of the top nine cars were Honda models, while the other two were Chevrolets.
The 2021 Indianapolis 500 is set to take place on Sunday, May 30, from the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Last year’s race attracted very little betting interest, which was mainly put down to no fans being able to attend the event.
Will Power Barely Makes the Field
It wasn’t easy, but Will Power was narrowly able to make the field at the 2021 Indianapolis 500, but his position isn’t enviable. Power was the winner of the 2018 Indy 500, but he was one of several drivers from Team Penske that struggled during the first round of qualifying.
Power was forced to battle it out with four other drivers for the final three spots in the last row of the upcoming race. Team Penske has not had a driver fail to make the field since 1995, and Power was hoping to avoid that fate on Sunday.
It was Sage Karam that posted the fastest time of the five drivers in the field on Sunday, and he will be in the 31st position. Coincidentally, this is now the third year in a row that Karam has qualified in 31st.
Simona de Silvestro was also able to sneak in the field in the 33rd position, and she was driving a Penske car in the shootout. Silvestro has not qualified for the Indy 500 since 2015 but was able to join the other Penske drivers by narrowly defeating Charlie Kimball.
Power is one of the most successful drivers in IndyCar history, with 62 poles during his career. Mario Andretti holds the record with 67 poles, but that number is within reach for Power if he is able to get his car situation figured out.
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