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Scott Dixon scores fifth career Indy 500 pole with second-fastest four-lap average in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history

  • May 23, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS — The lineup for the 106th Indianapolis 500 is set with Scott Dixon setting the second fastest four-lap average in race history in the final round of qualifying at 234.046 mph. Dixon will lead the field to the green Sunday with Alex Palou and Rinus VeeKay lining up beside him to start the 2022 edition of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. 

“I knew the pole was guaranteed for our team but I wanted it,” Dixon said. “It doesn’t guarantee anything but it’s a huge privilege to sit on the pole.

“I knew we had a high (233-mph qualifying run) in the car. It’s just such a fine line of (the car) being comfortable and nice to drive and completely taking off.”

It is the fastest front row in Indy 500 history.

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With only 33 entries, there was no traditional Bump Day preceding pole qualifying. Rather than a Fast 9 Shootout, which has been the norm for the last several years, IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway opted to lock the top-12 drivers from Saturday’s qualifying into a second round of qualifying with a Fast 6 to determine the first two rows.

Takuma Sato, who had a tumultuous Saturday qualifying, was the first car to qualify on Sunday. He set a 4-lap average speed of 231.670 mph as the benchmark.

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