2018 Indy 500: runners and riders

by Samarth Kanal on 21st May 2018

The grid for the 102nd Indianapolis 500

Ed Carpenter became the 10th driver to collect three or more pole positions as he aced qualifying at 230.088 mph on May 20. 

His four-lap average of 229.618 mph eclipsed that of runner-up Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud, whose team-mate Will Power joins them on the front row. 

Josef Newgarden, defending IndyCar champion, qualified fourth followed by Sébastien Bourdais. 

Ed Carpenter pair Spencer Pigot and Danica Patrick took sixth and seventh, respectively.

Hélio Castroneves, who set the pace for Penske in practice, settled for eighth.

Alexander Rossi, second in the drivers' standings, qualified 32nd.

James Hinchcliffe, fifth in the standings, failed to qualify having been bumped out of the top 33, joined by Pippa Mann who will make this Indy 500 her last. However, Hinchcliffe may join Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the race and IndyCar could widen the field to accommodate 35 drivers as in 1979 and 1997.

The race will be shown live in the UK on BT Sport 1 from 3.30pm on Sunday, May 27


2018 Indy 500 qualifying results

Position Driver Team Engine Four lap average (mph) Gap
1 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 229.618 2min 36.7818sec
2 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 228.761 +0.5878sec
3 Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 228.607 +0.6939sec
4 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet 228.405 +0.8333sec
5 Sébastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Honda 228.142 +1.0147sec
6 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 228.107 +1.0390sec
7 Danica Patrick Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 228.09 +1.0508sec
8 Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 227.859 +1.2106sec
9 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 227.262 +1.6258sec
10 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 227.664 +1.3460sec
11 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 227.571 +1.4104sec
12 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Honda 227.288 +1.6076sec
13 Zachary Claman Dale Coyne Racing Honda 226.999 +1.8090sec
14 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 226.788 +1.9571sec
15 Charlie Kimball Carlin Chevrolet 226.657 +2.0486sec
16 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 226.557 +2.1185sec
17 Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing Chevrolet 226.398 +2.2301sec
18 Robert Wickens Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 226.296 +2.3017sec
19 James Davison AJ Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 226.255 +2.3310sec
20 Max Chilton Carlin Chevrolet 226.212 +2.3612sec
21 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Honda 226.048 +2.4767sec
22 Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Chevrolet 226.007 +2.5056sec
23 Stefan Wilson Andretti Autosport Honda 225.863 +2.6071sec
24 Sage Karam Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet 225.823 +2.6353sec
25 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Honda 225.748 +2.6878sec
26 Oriol Servia Scuderia Corsa Honda 225.699 +2.7226sec
27 J.R. Hildebrand Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet 225.418 +2.9214sec
28 Jay Howard Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 225.388 +2.9427sec
29 Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 225.362 +2.9615sec
30 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 225.327 +2.9861sec
31 Jack Harvey Michael Shank Racing Honda 225.254 +3.0375sec
32 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda 224.935 +3.2644sec
33 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Honda 224.429 +3.6255sec

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