Indy 500: Hunter-Reay tops 33-10 qualifying session at 231mph

2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay will start the 101st edition of the race from 10th after topping the qualifying session for those outside the Fast Nine.

Indy 500: Hunter-Reay tops 33-10 qualifying session at 231mph

The Andretti Autosport-Honda driver was the only driver to breach the 231mph barrier, and achieved it with all four of his laps earning himself a spot on the inside of the fourth row.

That was around 0.9mph faster than Dale Coyne Racing-Honda’s rookie Ed Jones, who was the only other driver to achieve 230 with all four of his laps and confirm the speed we saw from teammate Sebastien Bourdais yesterday, before his huge shunt that has ruled him out of the remainder of the Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Oriol Servia will be on the outside of the fourth row in the additional Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda, ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda’s Mikhail Aleshin, RLLR’s Graham Rahal, and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball who brushed the wall.

Last year’s polesitter James Hinchcliffe will roll off from 17th – a lowly starting spot yet ahead of four Penske entries.

Jack Harvey thumped the wall on Turn 2 on his second lap, while Zach Veach ran race downforce, but said the team is still struggling to diagnose the issue they’ve had since he shunted on Fast Friday.

10. Ryan Hunter-Reay       231.674, 231.811, 231.250, 231.036 = 231.442mph

11. Ed Jones                        230.897, 230.789, 230.343, 230.286 = 230.578mph

12. Oriol Servia                  230.543, 230.437, 230.276, 229.981 = 230.309mph

13. Mikhail Aleshin            230.615, 230.339, 230.181, 229.949 = 230.271mph

14. Graham Rahal              230.859, 229.997, 230.404, 229.754 = 230.253mph

15. Max Chilton                  231.417, 231.141, 229.076, 228.661 = 230.068mph

16. Charlie Kimball            230.344, 230.675, 229.368, 229.444 = 229.956mph

17. James Hinchcliffe          230.258, 230.060, 229.673, 229.452 = 229.860mph

18. Juan Pablo Montoya     230.445, 229.766, 229.133, 228.924 = 229.565mph

19. Helio Castroneves        229.948, 229.618, 229.268, 229.226 = 229.515mph

20. Jay Howard                  229.908, 229.882, 229.617, 228.258 = 229.414mph

21. Sage Karam                 230.134, 229.107, 229.173, 229.110 = 229.380mph

22. Josef Newgarden          229.481, 229.142, 228.200, 227.194 = 228.501mph

23. Simon Pagenaud          228.902, 228.375, 227.658, 227.443 = 228.093mph

24. Carlos Munoz                228.425, 228.399, 227.677, 227.186 = 227.921mph

25. Gabby Chaves              227.026, 226.912, 226.543, 227.316 = 226.921mph

26. Conor Daly                   227.144, 226.679, 226.804, 225.140 = 226.439mph

27. Jack Harvey                  228.784, 225.265, 226.069, 222.928 = 225.742mph

28. Pippa Mann                  225.542, 224.875, 224.831, 224.784 = 225.008mph

29. Spencer Pigot               226.256, 225.652, 225.582, 218.885 = 224.052mph

30. Buddy Lazier                223.767, 223.427, 223.300, 223.174 = 223.417mph

31. Sebastian Saavedra     224.609, 225.480, 223.281, 211.736 = 221.142mph

32. Zach Veach                   223.913, 221.464, 222.000, 217.064 = 221.081mph

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