INDIANAPOLIS May 21—The final round of qualifying for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 took place today at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway after a 35-minute practice session which allowed teams to put finishing touches on their cars before embarking on their 10-mile qualifying run.
Drivers were allowed one qualifying run to determine their position on the starting grid, and rookie Zach Veach was the first out to qualify at 2:45 p.m. Driving the No. 40 IWiT Championship Chevrolet, he posted a four-lap average speed of 221.081mph. He will start 32nd in the race.
“Extremely happy to say that we will be competing in our first Indianapolis 500,” the 22-year-old rookie said. “It's official now after successfully qualifying. Still fighting little gremlins from our incident on Friday, the car balance doesn't seem right for how the car was. My crew is working really hard to see what issues still lie there. But they've been doing a great job all week working really hard. I have full confidence in them that they will get the Indy Women in Tech Championship car out there good as new on Monday for race practice. I know our race car is a lot more competitive than our qualifying car. I'm really excited to see what we can do and I'll be charging to the front come race day.”
Conor Daly qualified his No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet at a four-lap average speed of 226.439mph which places him 26th on the starting grid, in the middle of the ninth row.