Takuma Sato, of Japan, is congratulated by a crew member during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Indianapolis. "It's not the race win, but we're in the right starting position".
Dixon, the 2008 Indy 500 victor, was joined on the front row for the May 28 race by Ed Carpenter and last year's champion Alexander Rossi.
Now he has to do it all over again.
Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso spent will start fifth in his Indianapolis 500 debut next weekend. He made a daring qualifying run just to qualify for Sunday's nine-car pole shootout and in that, he was even better. "I think now at the end with the cooler track, the track was faster". "I told him, "Let's get five" and then someone else got five".
"I don't think that we need to separate too much F1 or IndyCar or rally or stock auto". Winning pole position among the Fast Nine doesn't just mean you start from the front: the victor also gets a $100,000 prize. "I think the whole team was working on my auto". Chevrolet's best auto was Carpenter's.
Marco Andretti was the first driver to take to the track during the "Fast 9 Shootout", however he was unable to set the timing sheets alight and eventually only qualified P8 ahead of Will Power.
The crowd roared each time the speed went up on the videoboards and when Dixon pulled back into pit lane after his 10-mile ride, everyone knew the nine-car pole shootout was over. But it's okay! We're here to help you figure it all out, and it's not as hard to follow from home as it may appear.
Ed Carpenter landed the second starting spot for the 101st 500 with a four-lap average of 231.664 miles per hour. The 33rd vehicle for next weekend's race will be driven by James Davison, who was named as Dale Coyne Racing's replacement for injured Sebastien Bourdais.
Even the 36-year-old Carpenter, the stepson of Tony George whose family owns the track, was stunned. "It didn't feel like I took a breath". "That was one of the biggest qualifying crashes I've seen around here".
That's how last-man Carpenter felt after failing to overtake Dixon.
Carpenter, his teammate JR Hildebrand and Power were the only three Chevrolet drivers to make the top nine.
Teams who were happy with their times can still make a second attempt without forfeiting their original time to do so starting from Lane 2, however, they have to wait until the entire Fast Lane has gotten a chance to run before making their next attempt. "It's fantastic around this place".