2008 Indianapolis 500 - Time Trials (weekend 1) - Saturday May 10, 2008 - Pole Day Time Trials

Pole Day Time Trials

  • Weather: Sunny, Blue skies, 64 °F (18 °C)
  • Practice summary
Morning practice was delayed 45 minutes due to a slightly damp track from overnight rain. All of the cars were broken into two groups for practice. Marco Andretti set the fastest lap of the first session, and the fastest lap of the month at 228.318 mph. No incidents were reported.
  • Qualifications summary
Ryan Briscoe was the first driver to make an attempt, turning a speed of 224.883 mph, which suggested that speeds would be lower than those which had been achieved in the morning practice by drafting. Danica Patrick later took over the provisional pole with a run over 225 mph. Hélio Castroneves then pulled out of line in favor of going out later in the day. Spins involving A. J. Foyt IV and Bruno Junqueira did not cause any damage.
After 11 positions were filled, bumping began. Dan Wheldon took to the track, and knocked Patrick from the provisional pole. In the mid-afternoon, Hideki Mutoh failed post-qualifying inspection when it was discovered that the housing for an on-board camera lacked the required ballast, and his previous qualification was disallowed.
Around 3 p.m., Hélio Castroneves had been practicing faster than Wheldon. He went out for his first attempt, but fell short of taking over the pole position. He did not rule out another attempt later in the day. At 3:34 p.m. Ryan Briscoe became the first driver to withdraw his earlier speed, and attempt to re-qualify. He knocked Wheldon from the top spot, only to be knocked down to second moments later by Scott Dixon.
The final hour concentrated largely on teams trying to bump their way into the top 11. Hideki Mutoh was successful, but Ryan Hunter-Reay crashed hard in turn 3. Former Champ Car entries Graham Rahal, Will Power and Justin Wilson all fell short of the top 11. Meanwhile the AGR and Penske entries gave up on their efforts to secure the pole position, and pulled their cars out of line for the day. Dan Wheldon was the final driver to withdraw his speed and make a run for the pole. After two fast laps, his second two dropped off, and he settled for second position. When the gun sounded to close the track at 6:00 p.m., Scott Dixon won his first Indianapolis 500 pole position, and Chip Ganassi Racing secured their third Indy pole.
May 10, 2008 - Pole Day Qualifying Results
Rank Car
Driver Team Qual.
1 9 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 226.366 mph (364 km/h)
2 10 Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing 226.110 mph (364 km/h)
3 6 Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 226.080 mph (364 km/h)
4 3 Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 225.733 mph (363 km/h)
5 7 Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 225.197 mph (362 km/h)
6 11 Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 224.794 mph (362 km/h)
7 26 Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 224.417 mph (361 km/h)
8 4 Vitor Meira Panther Racing 224.346 mph (361 km/h)
9 27 Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green Racing 223.887 mph (360 km/h)
10 20 Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 223.835 mph (360 km/h)
11 12 Tomas Scheckter Luczo-Dragon Racing 223.496 mph (360 km/h)
May 10, 2008 - Top Practice Speeds
Rank Car
Driver Team Best
1 26 Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 228.318 mph (367 km/h)
2 10 Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing 227.223 mph (366 km/h)
3 6 Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 227.163 mph (366 km/h)
4 9 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 227.055 mph (365 km/h)
5 12 Tomas Scheckter Luczo-Dragon Racing 227.015 mph (365 km/h)

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