POLE DAY QUALIFYING NOTES: 2023 Indianapolis 500



2nd: RINUS VEEKAY 234.211 mph
13th: ED CARPENTER 232.689 mph
16th: CONOR DALY 232.433 mph

RACE BROADCAST: Sunday, May 28 – 11 a.m. ET (NBC)
TRACK: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval
LOCATION: Speedway, Indiana, USA
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.5-mile oval


• Qualifying for the 107th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is now complete with Ed Carpenter Racing driver Rinus VeeKay earning the position on the middle of the front row. As he was amongst the 12 fastest drivers from yesterday’s Day 1 of qualifications, his starting position was determined today. He advanced from the Top 12 into the Firestone Fast Six, where his final four-lap averages ultimately landed VeeKay 2nd overall.

• Ed Carpenter Racing’s first season of NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition was 2012, making the 2022 Indianapolis 500 the team’s 12th. For 11 of those 12 years, ECR has had at least one car qualify in the first three rows. Excluding 2015, when the Firestone Fast Nine was cancelled due to weather, ECR has been in every shootout for the pole position since 2013 (known this year as the Firestone Fast Six).

• With VeeKay qualifying second, an Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet will start on the front row of the Indianapolis 500 for the 9th time in 11 years. He has also now extended his streak as the fastest Chevrolet-powered driver in the field to four consecutive years.

• Ed Carpenter, driver of the No. 33 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet and Conor Daly, driver of the No. 20 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet, both locked in their starting positions yesterday. Carpenter qualified for his 20th Indianapolis 500 and will roll off from the 13th starting position in next Sunday’s 500-mile race. For the 10th time, Daly has qualified for the Indianapolis 500 and will start 16th.


RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet, Qualified 2nd: “Today was the best qualifying I have had here, but it is sad that it didn’t work out how I wanted. The Ed Carpenter Racing team really maximized the car and today it was the best car I have had all week. My dad predicted that I would qualify second and finish the race first – he is right on the first part so let’s hope he is right on the second!” (Photo Courtesy of IMS Photo)


This morning, Rinus VeeKay elected to run the practice session to complete a qualification simulation. On his fourth lap, the No. 21 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet slowed and required a tow back to pit lane. After diagnosing the issue, the crew worked against the clock to make repairs and were able to make the required time for technical inspection.

• As the fourth-fastest car yesterday, VeeKay was eighth in line for today’s Top 12 qualifying. His four-lap average of 233.801 miles per hour (mph) was the third-best, easily advancing him to the Firestone Fast 6 shootout for the Indianapolis 500 pole position.

• VeeKay’s next and final four-lap average of 234.211 mph earned him the 2nd starting position. It was the third-fastest four-lap qualifying average in the history of the Indianapolis 500. The difference between VeeKay and pole winner Alex Palou was a mere three-thousandths of a mile an hour.

• For the third year in a row, VeeKay will roll off from the front row for the Indianapolis 500. It is the 9th time in 11 years ECR has had at least one car on the front row. VeeKay is also the fastest Chevy-powered driver in the field for the fourth consecutive year. 


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