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Dixon captures Indy 500 pole

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Scott Dixon was the last car to qualify today but when it was over he was a polesitter for the fourth time in his career for the biggest race in the world.
Dixon’s four-lap average of 231.685 was just a tick better than runner-up Colton Herta, who registered a 231.655, giving Honda Motorsports the top two starting positions for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 30.

Rinus VeeKay was third in the quickest Chevrolet entry at 231.511, just ahead of his team owner Ed Carpenter who put together a four-lap average of 231.504 for fourth quickest. Dixon’s teammate and 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan rounded out the top five with a speed of 231.032.

Notes: 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power who struggled in his qualifications effort May 22 put his car in the race by capturing the 32nd starting spot. Sage Karam and Simona De Silvestro will join him in the last row when the green flag drops on May 30.

The average overall speed for the 33 car field is 230.394, which is a new record.

The final practice for the race will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 28.

Longtime IMS media center manager Wilson York celebrated his 88th birthday on May 23. His Hall of Fame 50-year tenure is something we’ll never see again and was in addition to his similar responsibilities with both the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers. Happy birthday, Bill!

Tickets are still available for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 30 and can be purchased at ims.com. The race begins at 12:45 p.m. and can be seen on television tape-delayed later that evening locally on WTHR.

Danny Bridges can be reached at 317-370-8447 or at bridgeshd@aol.com.

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