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MARCO ANDRETTI TOOK POLE POSITION FOR THE INDIANAPOLIS 500, ALONSO WILL START 26TH

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MARCO ANDRETTI TOOK POLE POSITION FOR THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 ALONSO WILL START 26TH

Marco Andretti (Andretti Herta Autosport w / Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian – Honda) took pole position in the 2020 edition of the Indianapolis 500 at the end of Fast 9, with his four best laps completed at 371.867 km / h on average.

Marco Andretti took pole position for the indianapolis 500, Alonso 26TH – Andretti had set the fastest average speed on Saturday as drivers competed to reach the ‘Fast Nine’ Sunday qualifying session, and he backed up his early pace when it counted on Sunday.

Racing for the Andretti Autosport outfit, a team owned by his father Michael Andretti, Marco said: “For me, I started feeling it on lap two, which meant it was going to be a long couple of laps, so laps three and four were sketchy.”

2020 Indianapolis 500 grid

PositionDriverSpeed (kph)
1Marco Andretti371.867
2Scott Dixon371.84
3Takuma Sato371.315
4Rinus VeeKay371.281
5Ryan Hunter_reay371.191
6James Hinchcliffe369.939
7Alex Palou369.627
8Graham Rahal369.15
9Alexander Rossi368.915
10Colton Herta371.395
11Marcus Ericsson371.059
12Spencer Pigot371.016
13Josef Newgarden370.625
14Felix Rosenqvist370.557
15Pato O’Ward370.491
16Ed Carpenter370.488
17Zach Veach370.085
18Conor Daly370.076
19Santino Ferrucci370.026
20Jack Harvey369.925
21Oliver Askew369.762
22Will Power369.667
23Tony Kanaan368.787
24Dalton Kellett368.346
25Simon Pagenaud368.275
26Fernando Alonso368.165
27James Davison368.132
28Helio Castroneves367.53
29Charlie Kimball366.54
30Max Chilton365.808
31Sage Karam365.48
32JR Hildebrand364.26
33Ben Hanley358.749

The Indy 500 itself will take place in one week on August 23, and Andretti reflected on his chances of race day victory adding: “Clean air is always good here, speed is always good here and man, horsepower is so cool isn’t it?

“It makes everything so much easier and Honda just did a wonderful job.

“Our team rolled out so fast. I’m just so excited.”

Michael Andretti added: “Fantastic. I mean it was unbelievable. The car was so loose and he just didn’t take his foot off the throttle.

“After the first three guys went I was like ‘we don’t have a shot’ but he kept it in there. He did a hell of a job.”

Three time pole sitter and the 2008 race winner Scott Dixon lines up in the middle of row one in second position.

Positions on the grid are decided by calculating a drivers average speed across four laps of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Andretti took pole by just 0.017 miles per hour with an average speed of 231.068mph.

Second place Dixon said: “It’s crazy. A gust of wind can change that in a moment, but I’m really happy for Marco.

“They’ve had a solid month and he deserves this. I know what this place means to his family and him especially and it’s good to see him keeping under this pressure to make it work.

“Hopefully we can reverse this position in a weeks time but really proud of the PNC Bank [Chip Ganassi Racing] number nine crew.”

Fernando Alonso, making his third attempt to win the race, will start 26th.

MARCO ANDRETTI TOOK POLE POSITION FOR THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 ALONSO WILL START 26TH MARCO ANDRETTI TOOK POLE POSITION FOR THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 ALONSO WILL START 26TH

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