2024 Indy 500 full starting grid: Scott McLaughlin takes record-breaking pole in qualifying

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Scott McLaughlin leads a Penske front row after qualifying at Indianapolis. The full starting grid for the 2024 Indy 500 this weekend

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McLaughlin takes pole for the 2024 Indy 500

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Scott McLaughlin made Indy 500 history last weekend by delivering the fastest ever four-lap pole run at an average pace of 234.220mph — an effort that saw the New Zealander secure the top spot on the 2024 Indy 500 starting grid — on the front row with fellow Penske team-mates Will Power and Josef Newgarden.

McLaughlin was the last to take to the track as part of the Firestone Fast 6 after he topped the time sheets in the earlier Top 12 session and duly accomplished what should have been impossible. With on-track temperatures spiking to over 30C, increased tyre degradation caused cars to slide more and more throughout drivers’ qualifying runs.

But that didn’t stop McLaughlin as he clocked a blistering 234.526mph first lap. He maintained the pace for the full four-lap run to become the only driver to finish with an average speed north of 234mph. Power finished second — 0.3mph off the pole-sitter — while 2023 Indy 500 winner Newgarden finished a further tenth down.

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It will be the second time a Penske trio has locked out the front row at Indianapolis, with Rick Mears, Danny Sullivan and Al Unser accomplishing the same feat in 1988.

Further back NASCAR star Kyle Larson qualified for the pole shootout on his first attempt and starts fifth in his bid to win ‘The Double’ by standing on the top steps at the Indy 500, followed by NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. Alexander Rossi was the only non-Penske to record a 234mph lap, and starts fourth for Arrows McLaren.

At the other end of the field, 2022 Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson, scraped onto the grid who after crashing during practice on Thursday. He failed to make the initial top 30, and had to run in the Last Chance shootout, doing just enough to avoid being bumped: averaging 230.027mph over four laps, with only Graham Rahal (who averaged 229.974mph) and Nolan Siegel (who did not qualify) behind him.

With the full 33 car grid now set, here’s what the order will look like as the cars roll to the start, alongside details of which drivers will be competing in the 108th edition of the Indy 500.

2024 Indy 500 full starting order

1. Scott McLaughlin — Penske 2. Will Power — Penske 3. Josef Newgarden — Penske
4. Alexander Rossi — Arrow McLaren 5. Kyle Larson — Arrow McLaren 6. Santino Ferrucci — AJ Foyt
7. Rinus VeeKay — Ed Carpenter Racing 8. Pato O’Ward — Arrow McLaren 9. Felix Rosenqvist — Meyer Shank
10. Takuma Sato — Rahal Letterman Lanigan 11.  Kyle Kirkwood — Andretti Global 12. Ryan Hunter-Reay — Dreyer & Reinbold-Cusick
13. Colton Herta — Andretti Global 14. Alex Palou — Chip Ganassi Racing 15. Callum Ilott — Arrow McLaren
16. Marcus Armstrong — Chip Ganassi Racing 17. Ed Carpenter — Ed Carpenter Racing 18. Kyffin Simpson — Chip Ganassi Racing
19. Marco Andretti — Andretti Global 20. Helio Castroneves — Meyer Shank 21. Scott Dixon — Chip Ganassi Racing
22. Agustin Canapino — Juncos Hollinger Racing 23. Sting Ray Robb — AJ Foyt Racing 24. Christian Rasmussen — Ed Carpenter Racing
25. Tom Blomqvist — Meyer Shank 26. Romain Grosjean — Juncos Hollinger Racing 27. Linus Lundqvist — Chip Ganassi Racing
28. Christian Lundgaard — Rahal Letterman Lanigan 29. Conor Daly — Dreyer & Reinbold-Cusick 30. Pietro Fittipaldi — Rahal Letterman Lanigan
31. Katherine Legge — Dale Coyne Racing 32. Marcus Ericsson — Andretti Global 33. Graham Rahal — Rahal Letterman Lanigan


Previous winners: Joseph Newgarden (2023), Marcus Ericsson (2022), Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002, 2009, 2021), Takuma Sato (2017, 2020), Will Power (2018), Alexander Rossi (2016), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014) and Scott Dixon (2008).

Rookies: Kyle Larson, Marcus Armstrong, Kyffin Simpson, Christian Rasmussen, Tom Blomqvist and Linus Lundqvist.

US drivers: Marco AndrettiEd CarpenterConor Daly, Santino FerrucciColton Herta, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Kyle Kirkwood, Graham Rahal, Alexander Rossi, Josef Newgarden, Kyle Larson and Sting Ray Robb.

International drivers: Agustín Canapino, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Marcus EricssonRomain GrosjeanCallum Ilott, Katherine Legge, Christian LundgaardScott McLaughlinPato O’Ward, Alex Palou, Will Power, Felix Rosenqvist, Takuma Sato, Marcus Armstrong, Kyffin Simpson, Christian Rasmussen, Tom Blomqvist, Linus Lundqvist, Rinus VeeKay and Pietro Fittipaldi.