It’s Pole Day at IMS!

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Good afternoon from a cool, breezy and slightly overcast Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With no track activity until 12:30, we took advantage and slept in. We are going to need that sleep, considering that Pole Qualifying will not end until 6:00 pm. I’ll need to write some and then hit the road. I have to be at work in the morning.

As I type, practice has already started for only the twelve cars that will run for the pole this afternoon. So far, Romain Grosjean is the only taker. He has only managed a top speed of 231.672 mph. If the wind continues and the sun comes out to heat up the track, it’s slightly possible, but not likely,  that the pole speed could be slower than the thirteenth fastest car from Saturday, which was David Malukas at 231.607 mph for a four-lap average.

Now Alex Palou and Felix Rosenqvist have gone out. Palou set a fast speed of 232.742 mph. I’m not sure there will be a whole lot of laps turned in this practice session.

Everything gets serious at 4:00 pm EDT on Big NBC. To win the pole, drivers that qualified yesterday must qualify a second time fast enough to get into the Fast-Six. Then they need to push the limit to qualify a third time and faster than everyone else in the Fast-Six.

That’s going to do it for me right now. Susan is here in the media center and will have a post up sometime this afternoon before Qualifying. Then I will be back here with a wrap-up and my usual Random Thoughts on Monday.

Please check back later.

George Phillips

2 Responses to “It’s Pole Day at IMS!”

  1. do you take 65 the whole way home?

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