James Hinchcliffe Fastest on Day 1 of Indy 500 Quals, as Fast Nine Set

INDIANAPOLIS – Outside of being in the Firestone Fast Nine, when the checkered flag flew on Day 1 of Time Trials for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, the rest of the starting spots didn’t really matter.

There were no points given today and no monetary value on the drivers’ respective qualifying spot earned on Saturday.

But, being in the Fast Nine was key, as it ensured you a chance to go for the pole on Sunday while the rest of the drivers that qualified from spots 10-33 will have their times erased and have to requalify tomorrow afternoon to reset that order.

But, it’s Indy and everyone’s goal on Saturday was to either be the quickest after the opening day of quals, or at least get into the first three rows.

And requalify was the story of the day, as several attempts were made to either bump into the Fast Nine or bump their way back in.

James Hinchcliffe went from the outside look in to the top spot, as the Canadian turned the fastest lap, as he is the provisional pole sitter at the moment.

Hinchcliffe, went out and requalified later on in the afternoon as he turned a four-lap average of 230.946 mph in his No. 5 Arrow Honda.

He’s the true story of the month now so far as not only is he in a Honda, but he’s making one heck of a comeback after last year’s near fatal accident here.

The second fastest was Ryan Hunter-Reay who as the second to last qualifier of the afternoon bumped his way back into the top nine.

Hunter-Reay was bumped out by his teammate Marco Andretti as the third to last qualifier but the 2014 Indy 500 champ was the next out as not only did he bump his way back in, but the did so in big fashion.

Hunter-Reay set a four-lap average of 230.805 mph as he was second overall on Saturday.

Will Power also bumped his way back in late in the day as he was third quickest while Helio Castroneves and Townsend Bell rounded out the top five.

Bell, was quickest in the first round as he didn’t have to make another attempt. He only went from first to fifth, but there still was four others that ended up topping his lap.

Tomorrow, the cars will practice from 12-2 p.m. ET then Group 1 (Spots 10-33) will requalify from 2:45-4:45 p.m. ET.

After that, from 5-5:45 p.m. ET, the Fast Nine will requalify to reset the first three rows as we will have the pole sitter for the 100th Running named tomorrow.

Saturday Indy 500 Qualifying Results:

  1. 5 Hinchcliffe
  2. 28 Hunter-Reay
  3. 12 Power
  4.  3 Castroneves
  5. 29 Bell
  6. 21 Newgarden
  7.  7 Aleshin
  8. 26 Munoz
  9. 22 Pagenaud
  10. 98 Rossi R
  11. 27 Andretti
  12.  2 Montoya
  13.  9 Dixon
  14. 20 Carpenter
  15.  6 Hildebrand
  16. 14 Sato
  17. 18 Daly
  18. 24 Karam
  19. 10 Kanaan
  20. 11 Bourdais
  21. 15 Rahal
  22. 88 Clauson
  23. 16 Pigot R
  24. 77 Servia
  25. 42 Kimball
  26. 61 Brabham R
  27. 25 Wilson R
  28. 41 Hawksworth
  29. 35 Tagliani
  30.  4 Lazier
  31.  8 Chilton
  32. 19 Chaves
  33. 63 Mann

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