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McLaren seize command in Indy 500 qualifying opener

Felix Rosenqvist led an Arrow McLaren 1-2 to secure a place in the top 12 for the second day of Indy 500 qualifying.

Rosenqvist Indy500 Q
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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

Position Driver Team Mph
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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