• Rookie Colton Herta will start fifth in closest field in ‘500’ history
  • Sebastien Bourdais qualifies seventh, Alexander Rossi ninth in “Fast Nine” session
  • James Hinchcliffe makes the field in last row “Bump Day” qualifying
  • All 18 Honda entries qualify for next weekend’s Indianapolis 500

 

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 19, 2019) – Colton Herta led the way for Honda again today in final qualifying for next weekend’s Indianapolis 500.  The 19-year-old will start from the middle of the second row, fifth, with a four-lap average speed of 229.086 mph, and was the fastest of six rookie qualifiers for this year’s race.

 

Conducted under a slightly revised, two-day format this year, qualifying for this year’s 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 produced the closest field in ‘500’ history, with just 2.620 mph [1.8 seconds over four laps] separating pole-winning Simon Pagenaud from Kyle Kaiser, the 33rd and last qualifier. 

 

Sebastien Bourdais and Alexander Rossi also advanced to today’s “Fast Nine” final qualifying after Saturday’s first-round runs.  Bourdais will start seventh after recording a four-lap average of 228.621 mph in the “Fast Nine” session, while 2016 ‘500’ winner Rossi will start ninth after averaging 229.247 mph during his attempt.

 

Following rain showers that brought an end to the morning practice session and a resulting delay to dry the circuit, final qualifying began at 4:30 p.m. with a “Bump Day” session to complete the final row of the 33-car starting field, with six contenders battling for the final three positions.

 

Following a crash during his first-round qualifying run on Saturday, James Hinchcliffe was the only Honda driver among the last-row qualifiers and made the field with an average speed of 227.543 mph.  All 18 Honda-powered drivers successfully qualified for this year’s race, while two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso was a notable non-qualifier as his Sunday qualifying run of 227.353 mph fell just 0.019 mph short of making the field.

 

The 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 takes place on Sunday, May 26, with live television coverage on NBC starting at 11 a.m. EDT.

 

Quotes:

Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda) Fastest rookie qualifier, will start fifth: “Another great day for the #88 GESS Capstone Honda. I think that was our maximum, like yesterday [first-round qualifying]. We said we’d be happy with fifth place, because we didn’t think we had enough for the four guys in front of us. Everyone is just so competitive and quick, but you can win from anywhere here. It didn’t matter if we started fifth or 25th, I was going to be happy either way. The guys have been working so well together and we’ve made it in the show. So, I’m really excited to see what happens next!”

 

James Hinchcliffe (Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) on his qualifying run: “Indy, she likes a dramatic day, huh? It’s crazy how it played out. I’m obviously thrilled for the team and all our partners, Honda, Arrow, everybody. We’ve got to get back to work tomorrow. We had a really strong [primary] car in race trim, so I’m bummed that I wrecked that one, but hopefully it all translates well to the new car.

Again, I just can’t thank everyone at Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Honda enough. It’s great that all the Hondas got in; that’s obviously a big plus for us as a group. So now it’s just whatever happened, happened, and we have to put our eyes forward."

 

 

Indianapolis 500 Final Qualifying

Circuit:             Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval), Indianapolis, IN

2018 Winner:   Will Power (Team Penske) 166.935 mph average

Weather:         Mild, windy, mid-day rain showers, 65 degrees F

 

Indianapolis 500 Starting Field:

Ps.

Driver

Team

Manufacturer

Avg. Speed

Notes

1.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

229.992

 

2.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

229.889

 

3.

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

229.826

 

 

4.

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet

229.646

 

5.

Colton Herta-R

Harding Steinbrenner Racing

Honda

229.086

 

6.

Will Power-W

Team Penske

Chevrolet

228.645

 

 

7.

Sebastien Bourdais

DCR with Vasser-Sullivan

Honda

228.621

 

8.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

228.396

 

9.

Alexander Rossi-W

Andretti Autosport

Honda

229.247

 

 

10.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

228.756

 

11.

Conor Daly

Andretti Autosport

Honda

228.617

 

12.

Helio Castroneves-W

Team Penske

Chevrolet

228.523

 

 

13.

Marcus Ericsson-R

Arrow Schmidt Peterson

Honda

228.511

 

14.

Takuma Sato-W

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

228.300

 

15.

James Davison

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

228.273

 

 

16.

Tony Kanaan-W

A.J. Foyt Racing

Chevrolet

228.120

 

17.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

228.104

 

18.

Scott Dixon-W

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

228.100

 

 

19.

Oriol Servia

Arrow Schmidt Peterson

Honda

227.991

 

20.

Charlie Kimball

Carlin Racing

Chevrolet

227.915

 

21.

JR Hildebrand

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Chevrolet

227.908

 

 

22.

Ryan Hunter-Reay-W

Andretti Autosport

Honda

227.877

 

23.

Santino Ferrucci-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda

227.731

 

24.

Matheus Leist

A.J. Foyt Racing

Chevrolet

227.717

 

 

25.

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

Honda

227.695

 

26.

Jordan King-R

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

227.502

 

27.

Ben Hanley-R

DragonSpeed Racing

Chevrolet

227.482

 

 

28.

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Honda

227.341

 

29.

Felix Rosenqvist-R

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

227.297

 

30.

Pippa Mann

Clauson-Marshall Racing

Chevrolet

227.244

 

 

31.

Sage Karam

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Chevrolet

227.740

 

32.

James Hinchcliffe

Arrow Schmidt Peterson

Honda

227.543

 

33.

Kyle Kaiser

Juncos Racing

Chevrolet

227.372

 








 

 

W – Previous Indianapolis 500 winner (seven in field)

R – Indianapolis 500 rookie (six in field)

 

 

Failed to make the field

 

Fernando Alonso

McLaren Racing

Chevrolet

227.353

Bumped

 

Patricio O’Ward-R

Carlin Racing

Chevrolet

227.092

Bumped

 

Max Chilton

Carlin Racing

Chevrolet

226.192

Bumped