Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Lead Honda Effort In First Round Indianapolis 500 Qualifying
・ Chip Ganassi Racing places all four drivers in top 12 in first-day qualifying for next weekend's Indianapolis 500
・ Katherine Legge records fastest qualifying run by a woman in Indianapolis 500 history
・ Five former "500" winners in Honda-powered field
Chip Ganassi Racing's Alex Palou led the way for Honda today in first-round qualifying for next weekend's Indianapolis 500, as 13 Honda-powered drivers qualified for the 107th running of the Memorial Day weekend classic.
Palou and teammates Scott Dixon, Takuma Sato and Marcus Ericsson also advanced to tomorrow's "Fast 12" final qualifying round to determine both the coveted pole position and the starting order for the first four rows in the field of 33.
In a dramatic conclusion to the day, David Malukas bumped his way back into the starting field in his final run; while Katherine Legge's four-lap qualifying average of 231.070 mph was the fastest qualifying run by a woman in Indianapolis 500 history.
Today's qualifying determined the first 30 starting drivers to make up the 33-car field. Qualifying action continues Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with "Fast 12" second-round qualifying; "Last Chance Qualifying" to determine the 11th and final starting row; and "Fast Six" final qualifying to set the pole for next weekend's race.
・ Honda has won more Indianapolis 500 races than any major automaker: 15 victories from 22 races – a win ratio of 68% – since the company entered the INDYCAR competition in 1994.
・ Honda first won the '500' in the manufacturer's fourth attempt, when Buddy Rice piloted his Rahal Letterman Racing Honda to victory in 2004.
・ Honda's most recent "500" victory was recorded last year by Chip Ganassi Racing's Marcus Ericsson, Honda's third consecutive victory at Indianapolis.