Scott Dixon, who won the Indianapolis 500 from the pole in 2008, won the inside of the front row for the 101st race with a four-lap average of 232.164 mph.
That's the fastest qualifying run since Arie Luyendyk's record 236.986 in 1996.
"We took a little bit of a gamble," said Dixon, who also won the 2015 pole (he finished fourth in the race). "When I saw that first lap, I was in a little bit of shock myself. ... This place is nerve-wracking."
Fernando Alonso has caused a wave of excitement about the Indy 500 this year, but the event has been influencing motor racing and the car industry for over 100 years. ESPN takes a look at the iconic oval race's best — and most important — innovations.
Luftgekühlt. While you may be thinking gesundheit if you've never heard that word before, this term is used to reference all of the air-cooled cars in Porsche's history. This rich element of Porsche history ended in 1988 and extends from the Pre-A 356 through the 993 models. Luftgekühlt's brand as a celebration of all things air-cooled gained fame with Le Mans winner Patrick Long and Howie Idelson, a creative director in California.
The Mille Miglia 2017 was held May 18-21 over 1,000 miles of Italy’s most beautiful regions. From 1927 to 1957, the Mille Miglia was one of the world’s great road races, and the combination of scenery and history associated with it have made the modern iteration a heavenly highlight of the vintage racing season.
This year’s 1000 Miglia — the 90th anniversary of the race — took participants along a ride between historic villages, following an itinerary which although featuring some variations with respect to the previous editions, kept with the tracks of the twenty-four original races.
The racing at the inaugural Spring Classic vintage car race and historic motorcycle exhibition became noticeably more spirited during the second of three days of action at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. With qualifying complete, spots on the podium up for grabs, and a better feel for the track and the competition, drivers artfully toed the line between racing to win and preserving their historically significant machines.
Two drivers swept the races in their run groups. Patrick Byrne wheeled his 1965 Alfa Romeo GTA Corsa to back-to-back wins in 1966-1972 Trans-Am 2.5 Liter. Mac Mcgarry did likewise in Historic Stock Car with a dominant performance from his Kodiak #25 1989 Chevrolet Lumina.