Daily Trackside Report: Indianapolis 500 Pole Day

DAY 5 - SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2009

TODAY'S SCHEDULE (all times local):

6 a.m.

Garages open

9-10 a.m.

IndyCar Series practice (two groups)

10-11 a.m.

IndyCar Series practice

Noon-6 p.m.

PEAK Performance Pole Qualifying presented by AutoZone

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Tony Kanaan will drive car #11T today during practice and qualifying.

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INDYCAR SERIES PRACTICE:

At 9 a.m., the ambient temperature was 60 degrees with a relative humidity of 55 percent and winds from the westat 17 mph, gusting to 31 mph. Skies were mostly cloudy. The track temperature was 67 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.

9 a.m. - GREEN. Group 1.

9:13 a.m. - YELLOW. Track inspection.

9:18 a.m. - GREEN.

9:20 a.m. - YELLOW. #06T Doornbos does a three-quarter spin exiting Turn 1 and makes heavy contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn 2 with the front of the car. The car slides along the wall and comes to a stop on the backstretch. There is heavy damage to the left side of the car. Doornbos is assisted from the car by the Delphi Safety Team.

9:29 a.m. - GREEN.

***

Medical update from Dr. Michael Olinger, medical director for the Indy Racing League: #06T Robert Doornbos was checked and released at the Clarian Emergency Medical Center. He is cleared to drive.

ROBERT DOORNBOS (No. 06T Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing): "I have no idea (what happened.) I'm so disappointed. The guys did an amazing job getting the car ready. We had a good first outing. Everything felt good. We were just starting a run and rear just went on me. I don't know what happened. We'll have to look at the data, but it's disappointing because I wanted to qualify today."

***

Art and Kathy Koch, of Pittsburgh, are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary at the track today. Art, a retired Pittsburgh Press/Post Gazette newspaper reporter, and his wife haven't missed an Indianapolis 500 in their married life.

ART KOCH: "We first came here in 1960. I was coming here on behalf of my newspaper to do some stringing for them. I think I had $37 in my pocket and a used car with recapped tires, but I was going to Indianapolis. We made it, and we've been here every year since for 50 years. This is our 50th race and also May 9th is our 50th wedding anniversary. Our daughters asked what we were going to do on our anniversary, and I said, 'Your mother and I will be in the pits at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as usual.'"

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INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY CENTENNIAL ERA FACT OF THE DAY: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway features 17 grandstands with a footprint of 22 acres. If the seat boards were laid end-to-end, they would stretch 99.5 miles.

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9:44 a.m. - CHECKERED. Group 1.

9:45 a.m. - GREEN. Group 2.

10:15 a.m. - CHECKERED. Group 2. GREEN. Track is open to all cars.

10:34 a.m. - YELLOW. Tow-in for #10 Franchitti, who is stopped on the backstretch. Team reports a gearbox problem.

10:44 a.m. - GREEN.

10:59 a.m. - #10 Franchitti returns to the track after repairing gearbox.

11 a.m. - CHECKERED.

FASTEST TIMES/SPEEDS OF SESSION:

Pos.

Car

Name

Time

Speed

1.

6

Ryan Briscoe

39.9676

225.182

2.

3

Helio Castroneves

40.0847

224.525

3.

9

Scott Dixon

40.1992

223.885

4.

10

Dario Franchitti

40.1999

223.881

5.

12

Will Power

40.2098

223.826

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 PEAK PERFORMANCE POLE QUALIFYING:

PEAK Performance Pole Qualifying consists of one warm-up lap followed by a four-lap qualifying attempt. Cars are ranked in order based on the quickest cumulative time. The quickest 11 cars today will lock in starting positions.

· Each car is allowed three attempts per day. An attempt is considered by taking the green flag after the warm-up laps.

· A designated team representative must be at the north end of pit lane to show a green flag the second time by for the driver to receive a green flag from the starter. If the representative does not show a flag or displays a yellow flag, it will not be considered a qualifying attempt.

· An attempt can be waved off by the representative displaying a yellow flag or by the car returning to pit lane.

· Cars that complete qualifying attempts before 4:45 p.m. may go to either voluntary or mandatory impound. Cars that go to voluntary impound at Pit 17 forego the mandatory impound and post-qualifying photo. Teams may get the car back only if it is bumped, withdrawn or goes to mandatory impound.

· Cars that complete qualifying attempts after 4:45 p.m must go to mandatory impound. The only way teams may get the car back is if is bumped or withdrawn.

· If a yellow flag comes out during a qualifying run, the car on track will go back to the front of the qualifying line. Teams may put on new tires but are not permitted to make any other adjustments.

· A car that leaves pit lane before the gun sounds at 6 p.m. will be permitted to finish its qualifying attempt.

Track qualifying record: Arie Luyendyk, 2 minutes, 31.908 seconds, 236.986 mph (May 12, 1996). Fastest IndyCar Series lap today: #6 Ryan Briscoe, 39.9676 seconds, 225.182 mph.

At noon, the ambient temperature was 64 degrees with a relative humidity of 55 percent and winds from the west at 21 mph, gusting to 29 mph. Skies were mostly cloudy. The track temperature was 91 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.

PEAK PERFORMANCE POLE QUALIFYING CHRONOLOGY:

(Cumulative four laps; times and speeds calculated using a traveling distance of 2.5 miles,

which corresponds with data registered by on-board telemetry. The green flag is given on the second time by the flag stand.)

12:02 p.m.

#18

JUSTIN WILSON/Sheffield, England

 
   

Z-Line Designs - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

           QA-1

 

1 - 40.7871 - 220.658

Q - 1

   

2 - 40.7620 - 220.794

   
   

3 - 40.6653 - 221.319

   
   

4 - 40.7302 - 220.966

   
   

T 2:42.9446 - 220.934

   

12:07 p.m.

#26

MARCO ANDRETTI/Nazareth, Pa.

 
   

Team Venom Energy - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.3544 - 223.024

 

Q - 2

   

2 - 40.3922 - 222.815

   
   

3 - 40.4185 - 222.670

   
   

4 - 40.4226 - 222.648

   
   

T 2:41.5877 - 222.789

   

12:11 p.m.

#2

RAPHAEL MATOS/Belo Horizonte, Brazil

 
   

US Air Force Luczo Dragon - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.6044 - 221.651

 

Q - 3

   

2 - 40.6075 - 221.634

   
   

3 - 40.6661 - 221.315

   
   

4 - 40.6301 - 221.511

   
   

T 2:42.5081 - 221.527

   

12:16 p.m.

#5

MARIO MORAES/Sao Paulo, Brazil

 
   

KV Racing Technology/Votorantim - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.4255 - 222.632

 

Q - 4

   

2 - 40.4483 - 222.506

   
   

3 - 40.4790 - 222.338

   
   

4 - 40.4671 - 222.403

   
   

T 2:41.8199 - 222.470

   

12:20 p.m.

#12

WILL POWER/Toowomba, Australia

 
   

Team Verizon Wireless - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.3083 - 223.279

 

Q - 5

   

2 - 40.3678 - 222.950

   
   

3 - 40.3730 - 222.921

   
   

4 - 40.3655 - 222.963

   
   

T 2:41.4146 - 223.028

   

12:24 p.m.

#27

HIDEKI MUTOH/Tokyo

 
   

Formula Dream - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.5429 - 221.987

 

Q - 6

   

2 - 40.6085 - 221.628

   
   

3 - 40.6267 - 221.529

   
   

4 - 40.6185 - 221.574

   
   

T 2:42.3966 - 221.680

   

12:29 p.m.

#7

DANICA PATRICK/Roscoe, Ill.

 
   

Motorola - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.5582 - 221.903

 

Q - 7

   

2 - 40.5609 - 221.889

   
   

3 - 40.6176 - 221.579

   
   

4 - 40.5828 - 221.769

   
   

T 2:42.3195 - 221.785

   

12:33 p.m.

#6

RYAN BRISCOE/Sydney, Australia

 
   

Team Penske - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.1371 - 224.231

 

Q - 8

   

2 - 40.1792 - 223.996

   
   

3 - 40.1726 - 224.033

   
   

4 - 40.1313 - 224.264

   
   

T 2:40.6202 - 224.131

   

12:38 p.m.

#20

ED CARPENTER/Indianapolis

 
   

Menards/Vision Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.6371 - 221.472

 

Q - 9

   

2 - 40.6897 - 221.186

   
   

3 - 40.6859 - 221.207

   
   

4 - 40.6833 - 221.221

   
   

T 2:42.6960 - 221.272

   

12:43 p.m.

#02

GRAHAM RAHAL/New Albany, Ohio

 
   

McDonald's Racing Team - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.2657 - 223.515

 

Q - 10

   

2 - 40.2892 - 223.385

   
   

3 - 40.3355 - 223.129

   
   

4 - 40.3520 - 223.037

   
   

T 2:41.2424 - 223.266

   

12:47 p.m.

#3

HELIO CASTRONEVES/Sao Paulo, Brazil

 
   

Team Penske - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.1560 - 224.126

 

Q - 11

   

2 - 40.1575 - 224.118

   
   

3 - 40.1989 - 223.887

   
   

4 - 40.2384 - 223.667

   
   

T 2:40.7509 - 223.949

   

***

#18 Wilson's qualifying attempt has been disallowed for unapproved ballast location.

***

INDYCAR SERIES PRACTICE:

12:58 p.m. - GREEN.

1:02 p.m. - #10 Franchitti runs a four-lap qualifying simulation, recording four laps faster than 223 mph.

1:04 p.m. - #9 Dixon runs a four-lap qualifying simulation, recording three laps faster than 223 mph and a fourth lap at 222.788 mph.

1:20 p.m. - #10 Franchitti runs a four-lap qualifying simulation, recording three laps faster than 224 mph and a fourth lap at 223.940 mph.

1:34 p.m. - YELLOW. Qualification attempt.

***

Former Forumla One driver Takuma Sato is visiting the Speedway on Pole Day. Sato, a two-time participant in the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis, was eager to take in the atmosphere of the Indianapolis 500 and displayed an interest in racing in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" in the future.

TAKUMA SATO: "Obviously, I know the track, but this is my first trip during the IndyCar Series, and I'm very impressed. This place, obviously, is very important. I'm looking forward to any possibility of a chance in my future plans (to race in the Indianapolis 500), you know, just to have a look and feel it, the Indy 500." (How different does it feel being here now compared to being here for Formula One?): "I only know the race days in F1, so the Indy 500 on Race Day will be massively different from Pole Day today. But obviously I can get the feel that this is one of the biggest events in motorsports in the world. I'm so excited for it."

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PEAK MOTOR OIL POLE QUALIFYING (cont.):

At 1:30 p.m., the ambient temperature was 63 degrees with a relative humidity of 60 percent and winds from the west-northwest at 16 mph, gusting to 31 mph. Skies were mostly cloudy. The track temperature was 81 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.

1:37 p.m.

#10

DARIO FRANCHITTI/Edinburgh, Scotland

 
   

Target Chip Ganassi Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.1200 - 224.327

 

Q - 12

   

2 - 40.1696 - 224.050

   
   

3 - 40.1856 - 223.961

   
   

4 - 40.2316 - 223.705

   
   

T 2:40.7068 - 224.010

   

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INDYCAR SERIES PRACTICE:

1:47 p.m. - GREEN.

2:01 p.m. - #11T Kanaan runs a four-lap qualifying simulation, recording a fastest lap of 223.089 mph.
2:06 p.m. - YELLOW. #4 Wheldon does a quarter-spin to the left in Turn 2 and makes moderate contact with the wall with the rear of the car. There is damage to the rear of the car. Wheldon climbs from the car without assistance from the Delphi Safety Team.

2:13 p.m. - GREEN.

2:14 p.m. - #99 Lloyd runs a four-lap qualifying simulation, recording a fastest lap of 221.959 mph.

2:16 p.m. - #9 Dixon runs two laps at 224.240 mph and 223.915 mph before returning to pit lane.

2:22 p.m. - #11T Kanaan runs two laps at 223.053 mph and 222.371 mph before returning to pit lane.

2:35 p.m. - YELLOW. Qualification attempt.

***

Medical update from Dr. Michael Olinger, medical director for the Indy Racing League: #4 Dan Wheldon has been checked and released at the Clarian Emergency Medical Center. He is cleared to drive.

DAN WHELDON (No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing): "We didn't feel prepared to go an make a run (earlier). You don't normally do that unless you feel totally prepared. I don't know if we'll get back out there. That's a team decision. We'll have to wait and see."

***

One year, a charity slow-pitch softball game was scheduled at old Bush Stadium in Indianapolis between a group of celebrities against a group of drivers.

It was well attended and pretty impressive -- Regis Philbin pitched for the celebrities.

After a few innings, as the teams changed sides, though, it wasn't Philbin who walked to the mound, but a young blonde girl. Three-time "500" winner Johnny Rutherford stepped to the plate, expecting the normal, routine, slow, arching pitch.

But the young blonde girl went into a full windup windmill and cranked up a heater right under Rutherford's chin.

As J.R. bailed, the crowd roared.

The (short-lived because of friendly "protest") "ringer" was Indianapolis 500 veteran Robby Gordon's sister Beccy, who was the youngest member of the USA National Softball Team at 13 and introduced softball into the Olympics in 1992 at Barcelona, Spain.

Beccy and 2008 Indianapolis 500 Chase Rookie of the Year Ryan Hunter-Reay announced their engagement in April at Long Beach, Calif.

JOHNNY RUTHERFORD: "To see her now, I don't think she's the same kind of girl, but she could sure throw that ball. I didn't know what to think. Robby was pretty proud of her. I think I may have been the only one to get a hit off of her. But she came out and showed us just what she had."

BECCY GORDON: "I was just sitting in the stands. I think I was 12 or 13, and I was on the U.S. National team at the time. All of a sudden, Robby came and got me. I had no idea. My shoes were too big, my shirt was too big. I got to the mound, and Johnny was up there. I looked at my brother, and he said, 'Go for it.' Poor Johnny about had a heart attack but he was crowding the plate. Now, every time he sees me, he makes jokes. I think I still have the cleats they gave me."

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Pancho Carter won the pole for the 1985 Indianapolis 500 and won the inaugural Norton-Michigan 500 in a stellar racing career. After his career as a driver, "spotters" became a part of the racing community, and Pancho wound up with a second career.

With Panther Racing, he has served in that capacity for Sam Hornish Jr., Vitor Meira and now Dan Wheldon, two winners and a driver who has finished second twice in the Indianapolis 500. He talked about the spotter job and the differences between each of the three drivers and what they expect from a spotter.

PANCHO CARTER: "Hornish was pretty green when we got him, so he did it pretty much my way. I was a driver and from a spotter aspect, I tried to communicate anything I would want to know in the car, not as I would drive it. We tested at Phoenix once and let him run a full fuel load like he wanted. He did it, and then we told him we wanted him to run a certain lap speed. By doing it our way, we were a lap and a half ahead with fuel load and tire wear and all. He's a hell of an IndyCar driver, and he's finally gotten those stock cars figured out." (About Meira): "The first time he ever drove an IndyCar, I was there. We went down to Texas with Panther's program with USAC testing some of their drivers and we got a call saying this guy from Brazil coming. Vitor was the guy. He was the first one of all the drivers there to leave the pits without killing the car." (About Wheldon): "The first time we tested with Wheldon, the earpiece came out, and we could hear him but he couldn't hear us. I said to him, 'Doesn't it seem strange that you weren't hearing anything?' He's still working. I like him. Wheldon's a little bit like Hornish in that he doesn't like the car slowed down and too draggy. Vitor wasn't so concerned about a free car but one that was fast through the corners." (About spotting): "I enjoy doing it. I enjoy being able to do something in racing as long as I can pay my property taxes and health insurance."

***

PEAK MOTOR OIL POLE QUALIFYING (cont.):

At 2:30 p.m., the ambient temperature was 64 degrees with a relative humidity of 61 percent and winds from the west-northwest at 15 mph, gusting to 26 mph. Skies were mostly cloudy. The track temperature was 85 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.

2:39 p.m.

#9

SCOTT DIXON/Auckland, New Zealand

 
   

Target Chip Ganassi Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.1596 - 224.105

 

Q - 13

   

2 - 40.1995 - 223.883

   
   

3 - 40.2259 - 223.736

   
   

4 - 40.2866 - 223.399

   
   

T 2:40.8716 - 223.781

   

#9 Dixon bumps #20 Carpenter from the field.

2:44 p.m.

#11T

TONY KANAAN/Salvador, Brazil

 
   

Team 7-Eleven - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-1

1 - 40.3391 - 223.109

 

Q - 14

   

2 - 40.3968 - 222.790

   
   

3 - 40.4370 - 222.568

   
   

4 - 40.4494 - 222.500

   
   

T 2:41.6223 - 222.742

   

#11T Kanaan bumps #2 Matos from the field.

***

Entry list update: The new car name for the No. 7 entry driven by Danica Patrick is Boost Mobile/Motorola.

***

Indianapolis 500 veteran Jaques Lazier was working Gasoline Alley today, looking for a ride in the 2009 Indianapolis 500.

JAQUES LAZIER: (On the potential of landing a second-week deal): "There's obviously a couple of available seats. Hopefully we can get something put together. We still have some time. I know that I'm confident enough that if we do get it put together, I'll have plenty of time to get in a car on Thursday and Friday and get it in the show next Saturday."

***

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard served as the honorary starter for PEAK Performance Pole Qualifying today.

GREG BALLARD: "It was a very big thrill. When you're a little kid, you just dream about coming to qualifications and the race. You just love being out here. Waving the green flag today was such a big thrill. It's so exciting to be so close to the track at the start of the first qualifying lap. I admire these drivers for being able to drive at these high speeds. The Speedway has meant a lot to the city over 100 years. I love the fact that we are going to have essentially a three-year celebration of the Centennial. I've watched this race in Germany, Japan and Panama. This is a big event around the world. It's so thrilling that it's right here in the city of Indianapolis. It carries such world-wide importance. It's amazing."

***

INDYCAR SERIES PRACTICE:

2:53 p.m. - GREEN.

3:41 p.m. - YELLOW. Qualification attempt.

***

PEAK MOTOR OIL POLE QUALIFYING (cont.):

At 3:40 p.m., the ambient temperature was 65 degrees with a relative humidity of 62 percent and winds from the west-northwest at 16 mph, gusting to 26 mph. Skies were mostly cloudy. The track temperature was 88 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.

3:46 p.m.

#7

DANICA PATRICK/Roscoe, Ill.

 
   

Motorola - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-2

1 - 40.2878 - 223.393

 

Q - 15

   

2 - 40.4076 - 222.730

   
   

3 - 40.4241 - 222.639

   
   

4 - 40.4010 - 222.767

   
   

T 2:41.5205 - 222.882

   

3:53 p.m. - The qualifying attempt by #11T Kanaan has been disallowed due to a post-qualifying technical infraction. The car did not meet the minimum weight. #2 Matos has been reinserted in the field.

***

INDYCAR SERIES PRACTICE:

3:55 p.m. - GREEN.

4:04 p.m. - YELLOW. #00 Philippe does a half-turn to the right between Turns 1 and 2 and makes moderate contact with the wall with the right front. The car has moderate damage to the right side and front. Philippe climbs from the car without assistance from the Delphi Safety Team.

***

PEAK MOTOR OIL POLE QUALIFYING (cont.):

At 4:15 p.m., the ambient temperature was 65 degrees with a relative humidity of 59 percent and winds from the west-northwest at 15 mph, gusting to 22 mph. Skies were mostly cloudy. The track temperature was 88 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.

4:19 p.m.

#3

HELIO CASTRONEVES/Sao Paulo, Brazil

 
   

Team Penske - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-2

1 - 39.9282 - 225.405

 

Q - 16

   

2 - 40.0031 - 224.983

   
   

3 - 40.0420 - 224.764

   
   

4 - 40.1234 - 224.308

   
   

T 2:40.0967 - 224.864

   

#3 Castroneves takes the pole from #6 Briscoe.

***

Medical update from Dr. Michael Olinger, medical director for the Indy Racing League: #00 Nelson Philippe was checked and released at the Clarian Emergency Medical Center. He is cleared to drive.

NELSON PHILIPPE: (No. 00 i drive green HVM Racing): "The same thing that's been happening all day. We've been having a lot of understeer coming out of (Turn) 1. I kept telling the team, 'It's going to bite us in the butt; it's going to bite us because I'm scared the car was going to loop around.' And it did. Big crash at Indy. I understand how some drivers feel after a hit here. I really wasn't expecting it, but I'm OK. It's been unfortunate to have a crash early on. Hopefully we'll be back tomorrow. Otherwise, I'll be back next week."

***

INDYCAR SERIES PRACTICE:

4:28 p.m. - GREEN. #12 Power is being penalized 30 minutes for using heaters on pit lane.

4:58 p.m. - YELLOW. Qualification attempt.

***

PEAK MOTOR OIL POLE QUALIFYING (cont.):

At 5 p.m., the ambient temperature was 66 degrees with a relative humidity of 58 percent and winds from the west-northwest at 13 mph, gusting to 20 mph. Skies were cloudy. The track temperature was 90 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.

5:01 p.m.

#11T

TONY KANAAN/Salvador, Brazil

 
   

Team 7-Eleven - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

 

QA-2

1 - 40.1813 - 223.985

 

Q - 17

   

2 - 40.2470 - 223.619

   
   

3 - 40.2912 - 223.374

   
   

4 - 40.2739 - 223.470

   
   

T 2:40.9934 - 223.612

   

#11T Kanaan bumps #2 Matos from the field.

***
 

5:07 p.m.

#15

PAUL TRACY/Scarborough, Ontario

GEICO/KV Racing Technology - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

QA-1

1 - 40.5266 - 222.076

Q - 18

2 - 40.5680 - 221.850

3 - 40.5600 - 221.893

4 - 40.5699 - 221.839

T 2:42.2245 - 221.915

#15 Tracy bumps #27 Mutoh from the field.

5:20 p.m.

#27

HIDEKI MUTOH/Tokyo

Formula Dream - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

QA-2

1 - 40.3145 - 223.245

Q - 19

2 - 40.4575 - 222.456

3 - 40.5025 - 222.209

4 - 40.4643 - 222.418

T 2:41.7388 - 222.581

#27 Mutoh bumps #15 Tracy from the field.

5:28 p.m.

#02

GRAHAM RAHAL/New Albany, Ohio

McDonald's Racing Team - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

QA-2

1 - 40.1374 - 224.230

Q - 20

2 - 40.1743 - 224.024

3 - 40.2010 - 223.875

4 - 40.2343 - 223.690

T 2:40.7470 - 223.954

5:32 p.m.

#26

MARCO ANDRETTI/Nazareth, Pa.

Team Venom Energy - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

QA-2

1 - 40.2850 - 223.408

Q - 21

2 - 40.3329 - 223.143

3 - 40.3656 - 222.962

4 - 40.3687 - 222.945

T 2:41.3522 - 223.114

5:37 p.m.

#9

SCOTT DIXON/Auckland, New Zealand

Target Chip Ganassi Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

QA-2

1 - 40.1671 - 224.054

Q - 22

2 - 40.1975 - 223.895

3 - 40.2207 - 223.765

4 - 40.2245 - 223.744

T 2:40.8098 - 223.867

5:42 p.m.

#5

MARIO MORAES/Sao Paulo, Brazil

KV Racing Technology/Votorantim - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

QA-2

1 - 40.2171 - 223.785

Q - 23

2 - 40.2930 - 223.364

3 - 40.3429 - 223.088

4 - 40.3428 - 223.088

T 2:41.1958 - 223.331

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5:46 p.m.

#2

RAPHAEL MATOS/Belo Horizonte, Brazil

US Air Force Luczo Dragon - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

QA-2

1 - 40.4378 - 222.564

UA - 1

2 - 40.4479 - 222.508

3 - 40.4650 - 222.414

4 - 40.4721 - 222.375

T 2:41.8228 - 222.466

5:51 p.m.

#6

RYAN BRISCOE/Sydney, Australia

Team Penske - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

QA-2

1 - 40.1111 - 224.377

Q - 24

2 - 40.1417 - 224.206

3 - 40.1911 - 223.930

4 - 40.2107 - 223.821

T 2:40.6546 - 224.083

5:55 p.m.

#99

ALEX LLOYD/Manchester, England

HER CGR/SSM Racing - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

QA-1

1 - 40.3608 - 222.989

Q - 25

2 - 40.4090 - 222.723

3 - 40.4627 - 222.427

4 - 40.4768 - 222.350

T 2:41.7093 - 222.622

#99 Lloyd bumps #27 Mutoh from the field.

5:59 p.m.

#18

JUSTIN WILSON/Sheffield, England

Z-Line Designs - Dallara/Honda/Firestone

QA-2

1 - 40.4348 - 222.581

UA - 2

2 - 40.4614 - 222.434

3 - 40.4597 - 222.444

4 - 40.4596 - 222.444

T 2:41.8155 - 222.476

***

PEAK PERFORMANCE POLE QUALIFYING NOTES:

· Ryan Briscoe and Dario Franchitti qualified on the front row and earned $25,000 and $10,000 from PEAK, respectively.

· This is the third Indianapolis 500 pole for Castroneves. He also won the pole in 2003 and 2007 when he went on to finish second and third, respectively. Castroneves' two wins in the Indianapolis 500 came from the 11th and 13th starting positions in 2001 and 2002, respectively.

· Castroneves is the eighth driver to win at least three poles at the Indianapolis 500. Rick Mears won six while Rex Mays and A.J. Foyt each won four. Johnny Rutherford, Mario Andretti, Tom Sneva and Arie Luyendyk each won three poles.

· This is the 15th pole for Roger Penske at the Indianapolis 500, more than any other owner. No other car owner has won more than four poles.  Penske's first pole win at Indianapolis was with Tom Sneva in 1977.

· This is the 27th career pole for Castroneves. He is the IndyCar Series' all-time leader.

· Castroneves has qualified in the top 10 for seven consecutive Indianapolis 500s.

· Castroneves leads all IndyCar Series drivers with 79 career top-five starts. He also leads all drivers with 98 career top-10 starts.

· This is the 43rd IndyCar Series pole for Team Penske.

· Briscoe qualified second and will start on the front row at the Indianapolis 500 for the second consecutive year. He started third last year.

· Briscoe will start in the top 10 for the third consecutive year. He qualified seventh in 2007.

· This is Briscoe's best starting position of the season. His previous best was fourth at St. Petersburg.

· Briscoe has qualified in the top 10 in 12 consecutive IndyCar Series races dating back to Watkins Glen 2008.

· Franchitti qualified third and will start on the front row for the third time at the Indianapolis 500. He also started third in 2004 (finished 14th) and in 2007 (finished first).

· Graham Rahal qualified fourth. He qualified 13th as a rookie last year.

· Rahal's father, Bobby, won from the fourth starting position in 1986.

· Scott Dixon qualified fifth, the fourth consecutive year he has qualified in the top five for the Indianapolis 500 and the sixth time in eight starts.

· Briscoe, Dixon and Rahal are the only drivers to qualify in the top 10 in all four IndyCar Series races this season.

· Tony Kanaan qualified sixth. He has started in the top six in all eight Indianapolis 500s in which he has raced.

· Kanaan has qualified in the top 10 in 19 consecutive IndyCar Series races, the longest active streak.

· Mario Moraes qualified seventh, his second consecutive top-seven start in the IndyCar Series. He started sixth at Kansas. Moraes started 31st in last year's "500."

· Marco Andretti qualified eighth, his fourth consecutive top-10 start in the Indianapolis 500.

· Will Power qualified ninth. He started 23rd as a rookie in last year's Indianapolis 500.

· Power has qualified in the top 10 in all three races he has competed in in 2009.

· Danica Patrick qualified 10th, marking the fifth consecutive season she will start in the top 10. Her best qualifying effort came as rookie in 2005 when she qualified fourth.

· Alex Lloyd qualified 11th in his second Indianapolis 500 start. He started 19th last year.

· Dan Wheldon did not make a qualifying attempt. He has started on the front two rows in five of his six starts in the Indianapolis 500. The only other year he started outside the top six was in 2005 (16th) when he won the race.

***

SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE (all times local):

7 a.m.

Garages open

10:15-11:15 a.m.

IndyCar Series practice

Noon-6 p.m.

Second Day Qualifying

***END DAY 5***


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