Fernando Alonso secures a place in the nine-car pole shootout at the Indy 500
Spaniard continues to impress at Indianapolis; Alonso only rookie in to make the 'Fast Nine Shootout'
By William Esler
Last Updated: 21/05/17 2:05pm
Fernando Alonso secured himself a spot in Sunday's nine car shootout for pole after another impressive performance at the Indy 500.
Qualifying was delayed by five hours due to heavy rain and meant each driver was only afforded one attempt, adding to the pressure on the Spaniard.
But it appeared to have no impact on Alonso, who promised after his run that there was more speed to come on Sunday.
He finished the day seventh quickest with an average speed of 230.034 mph across his four-lap run, just 0.4 mph slower than Ed Carpenter who led the way.
Carpenter's lap was perhaps the surprise of the day given Honda power was expected to dominate, but both he and team-mate JR Hildebrand secured spots in the shootout with their Chevrolet engines. Will Power was the only other non-Honda runner to make the shootout.
Completing the 'Fast 9 Shootout' line-up were Takuma Sato, Scott Dixon, Alexander Rossi, Tony Kanaan and Marco Andretti.
Ex-F1 driver Sebastien Bourdais had looked on course for a spot in Sunday's pole shootout before a horror crash at Turn Two.
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The Frenchman was taken from the track to IU Health Methodist Hospital by ambulance for evaluation with IndyCar saying he was "awake and alert".
After examination statement from IndyCar said that Bourdais had suffered "multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture to his right hip.
"According to IndyCar Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows, Bourdais will undergo surgery on his pelvis this evening at IU Health Methodist Hospitral."
As for the British contingent, Ed Jones was 10th quickest, Max Chilton 12th, Jack Harvey 25th and Pippa Mann 31st. They will all compete again on Sunday prior to the 'Fast 9 Shootout' for positions 10-33 on the grid.
Indy 500 Saturday qualifying
|1.||Ed Carpenter||Ed Carpenter Racing||Chevrolet||230.368|
|2.||Takumo Sato||Andretti Autosport||Honda||230.382|
|3.||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda||230.333|
|4.||J.R. Hildebrand||Ed Carpenter Racing||Chevrolet||230.205|
|5.||Alexander Rossi||Andretti Herta Autosport||Honda||230.148|
|6.||Will Power||Team Penske||Chevrolet||230.072|
|7.||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Honda Andretti||Honda||230.034|
|8.||Tony Kanaan||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda||230.007|
|9.||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport||Honda||229.924|
|10.||Ed Jones||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda||229.717|
|11.||Charlie Kimball||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda||229.713|
|12.||Max Chilton||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda||229.636|
|13.||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||Honda||229.533|
|14.||Helio Castroneves||Team Penske||Chevrolet||229.390|
|15.||Mikhail Aleshin||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||Honda||229.217|
|16.||Graham Rahal||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||Honda||228.835|
|17.||Josef Newgarden||Team Penske||Chevrolet||228.696|
|18.||Juan Pablo Montoya||Team Penske||Chevrolet||228.645|
|19.||James Hinchcliffe||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||Honda||228.557|
|20.||Simon Pagenaud||Team Penske||Chevrolet||228.393|
|21.||Sage Karam||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||Chevrolet||227.943|
|22.||Jay Howard||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||Honda||227.853|
|23.||Carlos Munoz||A. J. Foyt Enterprises||Chevrolet||227.438|
|24.||Oriol Servia||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||Honda||227.438|
|25.||Jack Harvey||Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport||Honda||226.894|
|26.||Gabby Chaves||Harding Racing||Chevrolet||226.875|
|27.||Conor Daly||A. J. Foyt Enterprises||Chevrolet||225.912|
|28.||Sebastian Saavedra||Juncos Racing||Chevrolet||225.815|
|29.||Spencer Pigot||Juncos Racing||Chevrolet||223.631|
|30.||Buddy Lazier||Lazier Racing Partners||Honda||221.427|
|31.||Pippa Mann||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda||219.282|
|Sebastien Bourdais||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda||Crash|
|Zach Veach||A. J. Foyt Enterprises||Chevrolet||DNS|