Felix Rosenqvist led a McLaren 1-2 on the first day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.
The Swedish driver set the fastest four-lap average speed of 233.947mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway almost five hours into the six-hour first session, with the fastest single-lap speed clocked at 234.329mph.
Teammate Alexander Rossi was his nearest challenger with his four-lap average registered as 233.528mph, with Chip Ganassi Racing's Alex Palou third.
Rosenqvist is yet to secure pole, however, with the top 12 drivers from the opening session set to battle it out across a further two segments to lock in their positions.
Positions 13-30 are locked in and will not run again, but the bottom four will fight for a place in the 33-car field after struggling for pace.
Those four drivers are Christian Lungaard, Jack Harvey and Graham Rahal – all for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing – and Dale Coyne Racing rookie Sting Ray Robb.
Only three can make the grid for next weekend's event, meaning one driver will face the end of their 'Month of May' early.
Indy 500 qualifying results
|1||Felix Rosenqvist||Arrow McLaren||233.947|
|2||Alexander Rossi||Arrow McLaren||233.528|
|3||Alex Palou||Chip Ganassi Racing||233.398|
|4||Rinus Veekay||Ed Carpenter Racing||233.295|
|5||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||233.375|
|6||Tony Kanaan||Arrow McLaren||233.347|
|7||Takuma Sato||Chip Ganassi Racing||233.322|
|8||Patricio O'Ward||Arrow McLaren||233.252|
|9||Santino Ferrucci||A.J. Foyt Racing||233.147|
|10||Marcus Ericsson||Chip Ganassi Racing||233.030|
|11||Benjamin Pedersen||A.J. Foyt Racing||232.739|
|12||Will Power||Team Penske||232.719|
|13||Ed Carpenter||Ed Carpenter Racing||232.689|
|14||Scott McLaughlin||Team Penske||232.677|
|15||Kyle Kirkwood||Andretti Autosport||232.662|
|16||Conor Daly||Ed Carpenter Racing||232.433|
|17||Josef Newgarden||Team Penske||232.402|
|18||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||232.133|
|19||Romain Grosjean||Andretti Autosport||231.997|
|20||Helio Castroneves||Meyer Shank Racing||231.954|
|21||Colton Herta||Andretti Autosport||231.951|
|22||Simon Pagenaud||Meyer Shank Racing||231.878|
|23||David Malukas||Dale Coyne Racing||231.769|
|24||Marco Andretti||Andretti Herta Autosport||231.682|
|25||Stefan Wilson||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||231.648|
|26||Devlin DeFrancesco||Andretti Autosport||231.353|
|27||Agustin Canapino||Juncos Hollinger Racing||231.320|
|28||Callum Ilott||Juncos Hollinger Racing||231.182|
|29||R.C. Enerson||Abel Motorsports||231.129|
|30||Katherine Legge||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||231.070|
|31||Christian Lungaard||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||231.056|
|32||Jack Harvey||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||230.098|
|33||Sting Ray Robb||Dale Coyne Racing||229.955|
|34||Graham Rahal||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||228.526|
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