Andretti Autospport backed up their strong practice times, with the top four spots on the provisional grid after the initial round of qualifying. Marco Andretti did not get hurt by his 28th spot in line , setting the day’s fastest single lap at 232.177 mph. His four lap average of 231.351 just clipped teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay’s 231. 330. the top seven cars averaged more than 231 mph.
Chevys continued to struggle as Rinus Veekay is the only bowtie in the top nine. the next Chevy is Josef Newgarden in 13th.
The afternoon could be a scramble for the last four spots in the Fast Nine.
From head on, the aeroscreen looks like a cone that a dog wears after surgery.
It was a brilliant move by some teams to use a smaller air hose for qualifying to lessen the drag. The hose and helmet need a redesign so that they are not protruding above the aeroscreen frame.
Helio Castroneves currently sits 28th, which would be his worst starting spot in his 20 500s.
The session was clean but there were several close calls in turn one.
Back after qualifying ends today.