Today the cars that will race next Sunday in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 will set their starting positions. The fastest nine drivers from yesterday will have a shootout for the pole at 5 pm EDT. ABC will show action live from 4-6 pm EDT.
I’m still picking Ed Carpenter for the pole. He didn’t miss the fastest time yesterday by much. Josef Newgarden will try to start as high as he can. His closest points rival, Alexander Rossi, was 10th fastest yesterday so cannot get the pole. Sebastien Bourdais, third in points, is in the Fast Nine and could possibly gain a few points on Newgarden. Only the Fast Nine get points this year.
The weather today has a chance of thunderstorms moving in in the midafternoon in the second half of the 10-33 runs and possibly lingering through the scheduled Fast Nine time.
I will have an update later. If you haven’t yet, check out my column from this morning about yesterday’s action. I will have more on that tomorrow. Tonight my weekend wrapup will be on wildfireradiosports .com.