Monday, February 6

Records, rain, risk-takers dominate Day 1


INDIANAPOLIS — During an Indianapolis 500 Day 1 of qualifying where 20 cars or more came in with a legitimate shot at making Sunday’s Fast 12, Chip Ganassi Racing placed all five of their Hondas into the second round.

And yet in a day full of storm watching, record-setting laps, odd penalties, rain and restarts, CGR’s achievement was hardly a blip on the radar. Saturday’s qualifying action, which started early (to get ahead of forecasted storms) and ended early (yellow-flagged for lightning at 4 p.m.), was pressure-packed with storylines from the top speeds to the driver who didn’t turn a single qualifying lap but still qualified for the race.

Let’s break it down.

Ed Carpenter Racing driver Rinus VeeKay (21) suits up Saturday, May 21, 2022, during a morning practice session before qualifying for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The fastest speeds in 26 years

Saturday began with Ed Carpenter, Scott Dixon and Jimmie Johnson becoming the 8th, 13th and 14th-fastest drivers in Indy 500 practice history from their laps in the pre-qualifying warmup, and that record book-rewriting continued into the opening runs of qualifying. A pair of IndyCar’s youngest stars, Pato O’Ward and Rinus VeeKay, went off first and second, respectively, to kick off qualifying, and not only did they go untouched, but few have ever run faster.



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