The first day of 2022 Indianapolis 500 qualifying will take place on Saturday May 21, weather permitting. Positions 13 to 33 will be fixed for the May 29 race. The top 12 drivers from Saturday’s session will battle it out for pole position on Sunday 22 May.
A complete attempt at qualifying for the Indy 500 consists of four laps around the 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Scott Dixon won pole position in 2021, and he finished 17th. Winner of the race Helio Castroneves started 8th. The most recent poleman to also win the race was Simon Pagenaud in 2019.
Takuma Sato set the fastest lap in the week’s three practice sessions. On Friday, Tony Kanaan rode the fastest four-lap simulated qualifying race.
Doors open at 8 a.m., with training from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Qualifying starts at 11 a.m..
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Indy 500 qualifying attempts
Includes car number, driver name (rookie R-Indy 500), engine brand, team, average speed in mph. All drivers use Dallara chassis and Firestone tires
2. Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, Team Penske, 231,580
24. Sage Karam, Chevrolet, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, 229.905
► IndyCar penalizes Takumo Sato for interference with Marco Andretti. Sato’s qualifying run of 232.196 mph is dismissed.
45. Jack Harvey, Honda, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, 226.851
8. Marcus Ericsson, Honda, Chip Ganassi Racing, 232.275
27. Alexandre Rossi, Honda, Andretti Autosport, 231.341
What Rossi says: “Horrible.”
33. Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, Ed Carpenter Racing, 232.397
What Charpentier says“It’s tough, man. This place has always been sensitive. It can change so fast.”
3. Scott McLaughlin, Chevy, Team Penske, 213,543
06. Helio Castroneves, Honda, Meyer Shank Racing, 225.482
► The 2021 Indy 500 winner has a slide that leads to a slow final lap (below 213 mph). It is increasingly hot and windy at IMS. His effort is the slowest of 18 cars to complete an attempt to date. “I know this place. You just have to listen.” Calls are a “code brown” moment.
20. Conor Daly, Chevrolet, Ed Carpenter Racing, 230,999
10. Alex Palou, Honda, Chip Ganassi Racing, 232.774
9. Scott Dixon, Honda, Chip Ganassi Racing, 232.151
► Dixon is quadruple poleman, including in 2021. “The car had no power. It was really weird.”
26. Colton Herta, Honda, Andretti Autosport with Curb Agajanian, no attempt
► Herta’s car misfires during a warm-up lap, and he enters the pits. “I think the engine blew up. … It really throws a wrench in it.”
23. Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, 231.508
18. David Malukas (R), Honda, Dale Coyne Racing with HMD, 231.233
1. Tony Kanaan, Honda, Chip Ganassi Racing, 232.625
15. Graham Rahal, Honda, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, 230.766
98. Marco Andretti, Honda, Andretti Autosport, 226.108
► Andretti says he had to brake to prevent Takuma Sato from rushing into his race, interrupting his momentum. He also mentioned a potential engine problem which led to a second lap at just 220mph.
Andretti’s team appeals to penalize Sato and get another first down.
51. Takuma Sato, Honda, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR, 232.196
► Sato, who has led all practice sessions for the week, is the 6th fastest of the 9th qualifiers so far. “It was a bit heavy.”
11. JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, AJ Foyt Racing, 231.112
29. Devlin DeFrancesco (R), Honda, Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport, 230.326
48. Jimmie Johnson (R), Honda, Chip Ganassi Racing, 232.398
What Johnson said after his run: “I’m really enjoying this experience. I have no idea what it’s going to be like. Queuing to get out was pretty special.”
28. Romain Grosjean (R), Honda, Andretti Autosport, 232.201
7. Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, Arrow McLaren SP, 232.775
77. Callum Ilott (R), Chevrolet, Juncos Hollinger Racing, 230.212
21. Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, Ed Carpenter Racing, 233.655
Juan Pablo Montoya’s car fails technical inspection and will relinquish its No.9 qualifying spot and go to the back of the line.
5. Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, Arrow McLaren SP, 233.037 mph
11 a.m.: start of Indy 500 qualifying
There were a few waterings at IMS, but the safety trucks quickly dried the track and a 4-lap race is ready to go.
9:30 a.m.: end of Indy 500 qualifying practice
Ed Charpentier, who has won pole position three times, has a lap of 234.410 mph, faster than any practice lap at IMS since Arie Luyendyk in 1996. Four-time pole winner Scott Dixon (including 2021), pass 234.093. Dixon has the best lap without towing at 233.340. No practice for Team Penske cars.
A small rain cell could hit the Speedway between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. With more rain expected later in the day, this could threaten today’s qualifying session.
9:00 a.m.: Indy 500 practice
Rookies Jimmie Johnson (233.961 mph) and Callum Ilott (233.308) set the fastest laps in the first practice session.
2022 Indy 500 Qualifying Command
1. Pato O’Ward; 2. Rinus VeeKay; 3. Callum Ilott; 4. Felix Rosenqvist; 5. Romain Grosjean; 6.Jimmy Johnson; 7. Devlin De Francesco; 8. JR Hildebrand; 9.Juan Pablo Montoya; 10.Takuma Sato; 11. Marco Andretti.
12. Graham Rahal; 13. Tony Kanan; 14. David Malukas; 15. Santino Ferrucci; 16.Colton Herta; 17.Stefan Wilson; 18. Scott Dixon; 19. Alex Palou; 20. Conor Daly; 21. Helio Castroneves; 22. Scott McLaughlin.
23. Ed Carpenter; 24. Alexandre Rossi; 25.Marcus Ericsson; 26.Jack Harvey; 27. Sage Karam; 28. Joseph Newgarden; 29. Christian Lundgaard; 30.Simon Pagenaud; 31. Kyle Kirkwood; 32. Will; 33. Dalton Kellet.
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