Indianapolis – Iceman does not push too much on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, not even at record speed.
Scott Dixon broke the Indianapolis 500 poll-winning record with a breathtaking qualification of over 234 mph. His hands were shaking when he got out of his car after his first run on Sunday, but New Zealand were not uncomfortable and went back to an incredible final run.
His four-lap average of 234.046 mph (376.661 kph) around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway gave Dixon the fifth Indy 500 pole of his career. He will lead the field green in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” next Sunday.
“With this place, the ups and downs you’ve made in just one day, it’s like crazy,” Dixon said. “I think we all secretly improve, don’t we? Surviving on that edge is an amazing feeling and when you nail it, that’s what happens. Such days are wonderful. “
Considered the best driver of his generation, Dixon’s average Scott broke Breton’s 1996 polar record of 233,718 miles per hour. Ari Luandik has a four-lap qualifying record of 236.986 miles per hour, which was also done in 1996, but not one run for the pole. .
Dixon’s qualifying run was the second fastest of 106 runs in the most prestigious race in the world.
Dixon’s first lap was 234,437 miles per hour and roared from fans. His second lap was 234.162, and wife Emma bowed to the wall of the ditch in amazement, her hands covering her face. From there Dixon’s drop-off was small: his fourth and final lap was 233,726 as his consistency gave Chip Gunsy Racing his seventh Indy 500 pole.
“The first number means a lot, and when I saw 234, it was ‘OK, it’s going to be a good run,'” Dixon said. “But you’re busy, you’re swallowing.”
Dixon also started the poll in 2008 when he won his only Indy 500, as well as 2015, 2017 and last year.
Gansi led five of his drivers in a two-round qualifying shootout to set the starting three-row starting order for next week’s race. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmy Johnson needed a huge save in the first turn of his first lap and could not advance beyond the Round of 12.
But Dixon did the same with his other three Honda-powered teammates. In a head-to-head “Fast Six” shootout against Chevrolet-powered teammates Ed Carpenter and Rinas VK, Dixon made Indica champions Alex Palo, Marcus Erickson and Tony Canaan reign supreme.
“That’s what the real contestants want, the real contestants want it,” Gansi said before the session. “It’s a moment made for the champions.”
The 21-year-old VK posted the third-fastest qualifying race in track history on Saturday but that wasn’t enough for Dixon’s big, big lap. Palo, with an average of 233.499, finished second with his teammates and VK was third at 233.385.
Palo, who managed 35 laps last year and finished second to Helio Castronves, said he knew he would be defeated by his teammates.
“There weren’t many nerves. I somehow knew he was going to get it,” Palo said. “I was very comfortable and I did what I had to do. Somehow I wish Scott already had four poles here, he could have given me one, but he doesn’t share too much. “
VeeKay, who qualified third last year, as well, has not started less than fourth.
“I’m very proud to be in the front row again, and I didn’t qualify worse than the fourth in my three qualifying efforts, so I’m very proud of it,” VeeKay said.
But the 21-year-old says his best run was Saturday – “I did what Scott did yesterday” – and he quickly knew he couldn’t beat Dixon for the pole.
“I think we could have put rocket fuel into our engines and I still don’t think we could hit Scott,” VK said. “Not only was he a fraction faster, he was much faster than everyone else.”
Carpenter was fourth and followed by Ericsson and Canaan, who were the slowest of the last six shootouts at 232.372. But even the slowest cars were flying around the indie, which has not seen such a speed since 1996.
This weekend will be the eighth-fastest qualifying race in Kanan’s four lap record books before rewriting driver history. The 32 cars that turned into the qualifying lap did so at an average of 231,034, making the field the fastest in the history of the race next Sunday.