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Pagenaud claims Indy 500 pole as Alonso heads home

Simon Pagenaud continued on his roll this May, winning the pole position for the upcoming 103rd Indianapolis 500, but two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso will be a spectator for the May 26 race after failing to successfully qualify. In a drama-filled Sunday afternoon that featured separate qualifying sessions to fill opposite ends of the 33-car starting grid, Pagenaud completed a four-lap Fast Nine Shootout qualification run on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway superspeedway at 229.992 mph to earn the NTT P1 Award, the 11th pole position of his 11-year Indy car career and first at the Indy 500. Meanwhile, Sage Karam, James Hinchcliffe and Kyle Kaiser drove their way into the...
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