Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud will start the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 from a maiden pole position at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as McLaren's Fernando Alonso failed to qualify. Over the four-lap averages, Alonso was bumped from that showdown by American Kyle Kaiser by just 0.019mph.
All was not totally lost however, for the Spaniard still had the Last Row Shootout in which he could yet make it on to the grid for next Sunday's race.
Karam and James Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ont., who crashed in Saturday qualifying and needed a backup, took the other two qualifying spots.
McLaren then begged and borrowed for assistance all across the paddock, threw an entirely new setup on the auto Sunday morning, and it dragged and sparked along the track on Alonso's first lap. "We tried our best, even today with a completely different set up and approach, four laps flat on the throttle but we were not fast enough", Alonso wrote on Instagram. "I really wish one of us would have ended up on pole, but I'm still really happy to be two, three and four".
But the 37-year-old failed to qualify for Sunday's race so his only chance of entering is if McLaren buy a seat.
"We decided not to practice that was a key decision because it allowed us another four, five hours to work on the vehicle", he said. He had a four-lap qualifying average of 229.992 miles per hour to edge Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot and give Chevrolet a clean sweep of the front row for next Sunday's race.
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"In my 35 years of racing, this is the most painful experience I've ever had but we are racers".
"I am angry at myself because I was uncomfortable all the way up to the first test, and I should have followed my instinct to get more involved". "It's tough because we're starting last in the field, but we're in the field". "We went out not knowing what the auto will do in Turn 1, but you're still flat".
"This is a very hard sport", said Gil de Ferran.
"We came here to race and to challenge ourselves and we were not quick enough".
"I wouldn't say I was doing a rain dance all day", Pigot said. "So I literally had to sit there sweating it out, and all that was going through my head was, 'Not again, please not again, please, please not again!" "We want to come back".
"Watching him run in that road race, in the water, I've never seen a run like that in my life", Penske said after the team captured its 266th IndyCar pole.