May 24, 2021 — SPEEDWAY, Ind.
・Scott Dixon, Colton Herta will start one-two with Honda power
・Seven Honda drivers take part in Top Nine final qualifying shootout
・Fastest field in Indy 500 history
For the fourth time, Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon will lead the field to green at the Indianapolis 500. The 2008 Indy 500 winner and six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion claimed pole in an electric Firestone Fast Nine final qualifying session Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a four-lap average speed of 231.685 mph.
Dixon will line up on the front row alongside Andretti Autosport's Colton Herta, who briefly held provisional pole with his own four-lap run of 231.655 mph.
Two of Dixon's Ganassi teammates, Tony Kanaan and Alex Palou, also made the Fast Nine and will line up on row two, while row three is all Honda-powered, featuring Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay, Meyer Shank Racing's Helio Castroneves, and Ganassi's Marcus Ericsson.
Honda's HI21TT V-6 Indy car engine powered seven of the qualifiers in today's Fast Nine session, as well as nine of the top 11 qualifiers on the grid for next Sunday's Indy 500.
This year's 105th running of the Greatest Spectacle of Racing will feature the fastest Indy 500 field in history, with an average qualifying speed speed of 230.325 mph, eclipsing the previous record set in 2014.
This is Honda's 14th pole in 21 races at the Indianapolis 500, and 7th pole with multi- manufacturer competition.
This is Scott Dixon's fourth Indianapolis pole in 19 Indianapolis 500s, with his previous pole runs coming in 2008 (when he also won the race), 2015 and 2017. Dixon also led the way in Saturday's first-round qualifying. It is the sixth Indianapolis 500 pole for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Following the conclusion of qualifying, INDYCAR held a two-hour practice session for the full, 33-car starting field. Once again, Honda drivers and teams led the way, claiming eight of the top-10 positions on the speed chart, led by Chip Ganassi Racing's Alex Palou at 225.649 mph.
Other drivers in the top 10 of the Sunday afternoon practice included Marcus Ericsson, Tony Kanaan, pole qualifier Scott Dixon, defending race winner Takuma Sato, Graham Rahal, Stefan Wilson and Marco Andretti.
Honda has won more Indianapolis 500 races than any major automaker: 13 victories from 20 races – a win ratio of 65% – since the company entered the INDYCAR competition in 1994. Honda has had more race starts at the Indianapolis 500 than any other auto manufacturer: 388 starts. Honda drivers also have completed more race laps at the Indianapolis 500 than any other carmaker: 67,789 laps.
Honda and Honda Performance Development extends its deepest sympathies to the family, friends and many fans of Andre Ribeiro, who passed away this weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil, age 55, following a battle with cancer. On August 20, 1995, Ribeiro recorded Honda's first Indy car victory, winning from the pole in his Tasman Motorsports Reynard Honda at New Hampshire International Speedway.