LIVE: 2023 Indianapolis 500 results from qualifying at IMS
Welcome to 2023 Indianapolis 500 qualifying. Positions 10-30 for the May 28 race will be determined Saturday, while the top 12 spots and positions 31-33 will be determined Sunday. One of the 34 entries will fail to make the race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2.5-mile oval.
If Fast Friday is any indication, watch out for Chip Ganassi Racing or Team Penske drivers to challenge for the top spots.
Every driver is guaranteed one qualifying attempt Saturday, then the strategy begins. Here's how Indy 500 qualifying works. Follow Nathan Brown for IndyCar Series coverage all season, and we will have every qualifying attempt on Saturday here. Please remember to refresh.
First time through the field:Indianapolis 500 2023 qualifying order
Felix Rosenqvist puts together the third-best effort in Indy 500 qualifying history, but that doesn't guarantee him the pole position for the May 28 race.
Rosenqvist's 233.947 mph four-lap run in his Arrow McLaren Chevrolet topped Saturday's qualifying session. He and 11 other drivers will compete for the pole on Sunday: Alexander Rossi, Alex Palou, Rinus VeeKay, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Takuma Sato, Pato O'Ward, Santino Ferrucci, Marcus Ericsson, Benjamin Pedersen and Will Power.
The only qualifying efforts faster than Rosenqvist: Arie Luyendyk in 1996 (236.986) and Dixon in 2022 (234.046). Dixon will be competing for a record third consecutive pole start.
On the other end of the field, three Rahal Letterman Lanigan drivers ‒ Christian Lundgaard, Jack Harvey and Graham Rahal ‒ will join Sting Ray Robb in last chance qualifying. Three of those drivers will comprise Row 11 and one won't make the race.
Katherine Legge, driving only in the Indy 500 for RLL, squeaked into the field at 30th (231.070).
"That wasn't stressful at all, was it?" she said on pit road after celebrating with team members.
There were 84 qualifying attempts, a Day 1 record. Rows 5-10 are set for the race.
With driver, 4-lap speed average in mph; *-attempt from lane 2, so earlier attempts are not thrown out
Christian Lundgaard can't find top-30 speed and the session ends.
Sting Ray Robb can't find top-30 speed on his fourth attempt.
Josef Newgarden pulls his official run (232.542), which had been 15th. His run of 232.402 puts him 17th.
David Malukas, who had failed to reach the top 30, hits 231.769 on his fourth attempt, moving to 23rd. Christian Lundgaard joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan teammates Jack Harvey and Graham Rahal, as well as Sting Ray Robb, on the outside looking in.
Jack Harvey makes a third attempt but can't find top-30 speed before waving off.
Graham Rahal, on his fourth attempt, can't find top-30 speed before waving off. "I don't know what else to do," he says on the team radio.
Ryan Hunter-Reay makes a third attempt and goes 232.081*. He remains 18th.
Stefan Wilson makes a third attempt and goes 231.648*, remaining 24th.
Will Power makes a third attempt and goes 232.710*, remaining 12th.
Scott McLaughlin makes a third attempt and goes 232.677*, improving to 14th from 16th.
Romain Grosjean makes a third attempt but waves off*. He remains 19th.
Simon Pagenaud makes his third attempt and waves off*. He remains 22nd.
Colton Herta makes his fourth attempt and goes 231.951* but doesn't improve from 21st.
The top 12 heading into the final stretch of Day 1 qualifying: Felix Rosenqvist (233.947), Alexander Rossi, Alex Palou, Rinus VeeKay, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Takuma Sato, Pato O'Ward, Santino Ferrucci, Marcus Ericsson, Benjamin Pedersen and Will Power. Ed Carpenter is 13th.
The bottom four: David Malukas, Jack Harvey, Sting Ray Robb and Graham Rahal. Christian Lundgaard stands 30th at 231.056.
With driver, 4-lap speed average in mph; *-attempt from lane 2, so earlier attempts are not thrown out
Ed Carpenter brushes the wall on his third attempt but finishes the run at 232.689*, moving up from 14th to 13th.
Felix Rosenqvist rolls to the top at 233.947, bumping Alexander Rossi and moving into the top 5 all-time qualifying runs at IMS.
Conor Daly makes his third attempt and waves off*. He remains 17th.
Tony Kanaan makes his third attempt and goes 233.347*, moving up to 5th from 14th. Kyle Kirkwood is knocked out of the top 12. Kanaan said he was content with his earlier run, but his Arrow McLaren teammates encouraged him to go out again. All four are currently in the top 9. Alexander Rossi is 1st, Pato O'Ward 7th and Felix Rosenqvist 9th.
Christian Lundgaard makes his third attempt and goes 231.056. He's 30th and David Malukas is out.
Sting Ray Robb makes his third attempt and is waved off after 3 laps. He remains out of the top 30.
David Malukas makes his third attempt and goes 231.030. That's 30th, pushing Christian Lundgaard to 31st.
Graham Rahal goes through the priority line, but his attempt is waved off after 3 laps at under 230 mph. He is without an official time. "There's not a (2)31 (mph run) in that car."
Kyle Kirkwood makes his third attempt and goes 232.662*, good enough for 12th. Ed Carpenter is out of that fast group for now.
Josef Newgarden waves off* after 1 lap, and he remains 15th.
Helio Castroneves makes his third attempt and waves off* after 2 laps. He remains 20th.
Marcus Ericsson makes his third attempt and goes 233.030*, improving from 10th to 9th.
Marco Andretti makes his third attempt and waves off after 2 laps*; he remains 18th. He says the team "is throwing stuff at the wall" while calling the effort embarrassing.
Takuma Sato, 233.322*, an improvement from 8th to 5th
Agustin Canapino brushes the wall in Turn 1 on his third lap and almost crashes. He waves off the run* and remains 26th. The car will require some work if he plans to make another qualifying attempt.
Ed Carpenter, 232.511*; he doesn't improve his position and remains 12th.
Romain Grosjean waves off after 3 laps* and remains 18th
Kyle Kirkwood, 232.617*, an improvement from 17th to 14th
Colton Herta makes his third attempt and goes 231.675*; he doesn't improve his position and remains 21st.
Scott Dixon, 233.375*, an improvement from 7th to 4th
Devlin DeFrancesco, 231.353*, an improvement from 26th to 25th
Tony Kanaan, 232.620*, an improvement from 16th to 13th. His time over four laps is identical to Ed Carpenter's, but Carpenter registered his attempt first and gets 12th for the moment.
David Malukas, whose previous attempt stood 31st, goes from the priority lane, taking that run off the board. IndyCar officials wave off his attempt after 3 laps, and he does not have a registered attempt at the moment.
Jack Harvey waves off after 3 laps*; he remains outside the top 30.
Callum Ilott, 231.182*, an improvement from 34th to 27th. That knocks David Malukas to 31st.
Sting Ray Robb, 230.218*; he remains outside the top 30
Will Power, 232.719*, an improvement from 17th to 11th
Christian Lundgaard, 230.859*, an improvement from 30th to 29th
Marco Andretti waves off after one lap at 232.057*
Graham Rahal, 228.915*; he doesn't improve his position. "Unfortunately, (the car is) not improving."
Helio Castroneves, 231.954*, an improvement from 30th to 20th. He says this attempt has more of a relaxed Kenny G vibe, compared to his first run, which was a more raucous Guns N' Roses.
Josef Newgarden's first attempt is 232.542 mph, 12th best to date and knocking teammate Scott McLaughlin out of that group. "I don't know what we can find (in terms of more speed), but if we need to look, we'll look."
Ryan Hunter-Reay, 232.133*, an improvement from 21st to 17th. He believes he will stick with that attempt: "We just nailed the run."
Only Josef Newgarden has not taken a qualifying attempt.
Scott McLaughlin makes his first attempt at 232.503
Air temperatures are in the mid 60s and the track temperature about 110 degrees.
The first round of time trials is done, and Alexander Rossi's 233.528 mph effort leads the field. It's also among the 5 fastest qualifying attempts in race history.
IndyCar points leader Alex Palou is the only Honda-powered car among the top 6. He's 2nd at 233.398 mph.
Also in the top 12: Rinus VeeKay, Pato O'Ward, Santino Ferrucci, Felix Rosenqvist, Scott Dixon, Takuma Sato, Benjamin Pedersen, Marcus Ericsson, Ed Carpenter and Tony Kanaan.
Best teams: Arrow McLaren has cars in 1st, 4th, 6th and 12th positions. A.J. Foyt Racing stands 5th and 9th. Pedersen is the lone race rookie among the fast group. Chip Ganassi Racing is 2nd, 7th, 8th and 10th.
Struggling teams: Team Penske has 15th place with Will Power, and Scott McLaughlin and Josef Newgarden have yet to make an attempt. Andretti Autosport stands 14th (Kyle Kirkwood), 16th (Devlin DeFrancesco), 17th (Colton Herta) and 19th (Marco Andretti). Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing is 25th (Katherine Legge), 27th (Christian Lundgaard), 29th (Jack Harvey) and 31st (Graham Rahal).
Callum Ilott, who is driving a new chassis as of today, is last among 32 qualifiers.
Scott McLaughlin and Josef Newgarden passed on their guaranteed first attempts but will try later.
Alex Palou, 233.398, 2nd to Alexander Rossi through 28 qualifiers to date.
Takuma Sato, 232.857; of course he flirted with wall contact.
Callum Ilott, 227.720, last of 23 qualifiers to date; he has trouble maneuvering through Turn 1 on his first two laps. "That was one of the most difficult runs of my life," Ilott said, citing the lack of practice time in this car. His team had changed his chassis overnight over speed and safety issues.
Graham Rahal, 228.526, last among 20 qualifiers to date: "Just not good at all."
Benjamin Pedersen, 232.739; the rookie from A.J. Foyt Racing stands 3rd of 11 qualifiers
Alexander Rossi, 233.528 (IMS officials say that's the 5th-fastest qualifying attempt in track history)
Graham Rahal on the Rahal Letterman Lanigan effort: "Yesterday, it was clear that we're in trouble as a team." Rahal, Katherine Legge, Jack Harvey and Christian Lundgaard ranked 30-33 in one-lap speed on Fast Friday.
Helio Castroneves, 230.410; he brushes the outside wall exiting Turn 2 on his third lap
Air temperature is in the low 60s with the track at 85 degrees. The north wind is light under sunny skies.
∎ Alex Palou goes 232.714 mph in a simulated qualifying run in his new engine. Callum Ilott goes just under 225 mph, which would be far too slow to make the race. Just another 5 of 17 eligible cars took hot laps. Next up: qualifying at 11 a.m. ET.
∎ Just 5 of 17 eligible cars took hot laps during the first half of the practice session. Scott Dixon had a simulated qualifying run at 231.740 with his new engine, and Jack Harvey was in the 228.5 range.
∎ There are engine issues already: Scott Dixon, who seeks a record-setting third consecutive pole position, and his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Alex Palou swapped engines overnight. That makes this morning's practice critical for them. Also, Jack Harvey from Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has a new engine. His old engine failed late in Fast Friday practice.
∎ It's cool and sunny at IMS: temperatures in the 50s with wind out of the north (a headwind on the back straightaway). Fast Friday featured mostly cloudy skies and wind out of the south.
8 a.m.: There's hope for Callum Ilott
The No. 77 car appears to be ready to go. That was in serious question on Friday when the team decided to swap out the chassis after the original set-up was deemed uncompetitive and unsafe.