Scott Dixon ran one of the fastest laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1996. It helped the 4-time IndyCar Series Champion claim the pole at Sunday’s Fast Nine Shootout.
The New Zealander ran a lap average of 232.164 mph to become this year’s pole winner.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver picks up his third pole position at the Indianapolis 500, winning the 2008 race from the front spot.
“This in its own is its own race. There’s so much emphasis on trying to, engineers spend endless hours through the winter to specifically try to get the pole here in Indianapolis. For us to be lucky to start from the pole, it’s a great starting position. We’re at the front for the start. Now we have to do the hard part and hold on to it,” Dixon said after winning the pole.
“You can’t get a better guy in your car than Scott Dixon. You look at his career, experience, way he works with the engineers, just very fortunate to have a great athlete on our team,” said team owner Chip Ganassi.
Joining Dixon in the front row will be Ed Carpenter and defending champion Alexander Rossi.
Carpenter finished with a lap average of 231.664 mph en route to his third front row start at the Indy 500.
“Scott put up that huge number and I was not sure we could do that. It almost took the pressure away when he did that so I just went out there and put my best 4 laps on the table and see what happens,” Carpenter added.
Rossi picks up his first career IndyCar front row start with a 231.487 mph lap average.
Last year, Rossi started 11th and went on to become the Indy 500 champion.
“There’s things we left on the table and we’re missing a mile per hour in top speed so we need to work on that and see why that is but we’ll have to go from there for the race,” Rossi said.
The 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 takes place on Sunday, May 28th.