Race Report: 2021 Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
May 30, 2021

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Race Top Five

RankDriverCar No.Laps LedPoints
1Helio Castroneves620103
2Alex Palou103585
3Simon Pagenaud22371
4Pato O'Ward51765
5Ed Carpenter20-66

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Sessions

Results

Race

RankDriverCar No.StartLapsTotal TimeLaps LedStatusPointsAvg. SpeedPit Stops
1Helio Castroneves6820002:37:19.384620Running103190.6905
2Alex Palou10620002:37:19.877435Running85190.6805
3Simon Pagenaud222620002:37:19.94723Running71190.6796
4Pato O'Ward51220002:37:20.325517Running65190.6715
5Ed Carpenter20420002:37:20.6270-Running66190.6655
6Santino Ferrucci452320002:37:28.47222Running57190.5076
7Sage Karam243120002:37:32.82052Running53190.4195
8Rinus VeeKay21320002:37:33.626132Running56190.4035
9Juan Pablo Montoya862420002:37:34.2654-Running44190.3905
10Tony Kanaan48520002:37:34.8274-Running45190.3797
11Marcus Ericsson8920002:37:35.9012-Running39190.3576
12Josef Newgarden22120002:37:41.6891-Running36190.2415
13Conor Daly471920002:37:42.076740Running37190.2335
14Takuma Sato301520002:37:42.68017Running33190.2215
15JR Hildebrand12220002:37:42.9123-Running30190.2167
16Colton Herta26220002:37:48.187513Running37190.1105
17Scott Dixon9120002:37:58.02567Running36189.9136
18Jack Harvey602020002:37:59.5418-Running24189.8836
19Marco Andretti982520002:37:59.7437-Running22189.8796
20Scott McLaughlin31720002:38:00.2183-Running20189.8698
21James Hinchcliffe291620002:38:00.2310-Running18189.8695
22Ryan Hunter-Reay28720002:38:00.9608-Running19189.8546
23Dalton Kellett43019902:37:25.6063-Running14189.6126
24Max Chilton592919902:37:35.3196-Running12189.4178
25Pietro Fittipaldi511319902:37:40.7955-Running10189.3086
26Sebastien Bourdais142719902:37:44.7370-Running10189.2296
27Felix Rosenqvist71419902:37:45.510014Running11189.2138
28Ed Jones181119902:37:56.3457-Running10188.9976
29Alexander Rossi271019802:37:40.7287-Running10188.35810
30Will Power123219702:37:33.2679-Running10187.5546
31Simona De Silvestro163316902:21:09.1954-Contact10179.5924
32Graham Rahal151811801:33:12.57968Contact11189.8943
33Stefan Wilson25283200:22:19.0353-Contact10215.0801
— Race: Results (PDF) | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • Helio Castroneves' victory marked his first win of 2021, the 31st of his Indy car career and his fourth Indianapolis 500 win. He earned his frist three Indy 500 victories in 2001, 2002 and 2009 — all with Team Penske.
  • Driving for Meyer Shank Racing this year, Castroneves delivered the team's first IndyCar victory. He became the first Indy 500 victor to win for Team Pesnke and win again for another team.
  • Castroneves joined A.J. Foyt (1961, 1964, 1967, 1977), Al Unser (1970, 1971, 1978, 1987) and Rick Mears (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991) as the only four-time winners of the Indy 500.
  • At 46 years and 20 days old, Castroneves became the fourth-oldest "500" winner behind Al Unser (47 years, 360 days), Bobby Unser (47 years, 93 days) and Emerson Fittipaldi (46 years, 169 days).
  • Castroneves' victory was the seventh "500" win for a Brazilian driver. In addition to Castroneves' four victories, countrymen Fittipaldi won in 1989 and 1983 and Tony Kanaan won in 2013
  • The 2021 Indy 500 marked the fastest ever with an average speed of 190.960 mph, breaking the previous record of 187.433 mph set in 2013.
  • There were two caution periods for a total of 18 laps, both Indianapolis 500 records. The previous fewest caution periods was four in both 1990 and 2019. The record for fewest caution laps was 21, in 1976, 2013 and 2014.
    • On Lap 33, Stefan Wilson spun at the entry of pit road and made contact with the pit wall leading to a 13-lap caution period.
    • On Lap 119, Graham Rahal lost a left-rear wheel exiting pit lane, spun and made hard contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn 2.
  • Castroneves' win marked the first time No. 06 won the race, and also the first time a car number starting with a zero won the race.
  • The 12-year gap between Castroneves' third and fourth victories became the second longest, bested only by Juan Pablo Montoya's 15-year gap between victories.
  • Castroneves started from the eighth position and became the third driver to win from the middle of the third row. Danny Sullivan won from eighth in 1985 and Kenny Brack accomplished the same feat in 1999.
  • Castroneves' victory marked the 14th Indy 500 win for Honda, second on the all-time list to Offenhauser's 27 victories.
  • Scott McLaughlin's 20th-place finish marked the best result for a rookie driver.
  • There were 35 lead changes amount 13 drivers, the most since 2017 when there were also 35 lead changes. The record is 68 lead changes, set in 2013.
  • Having led twice, Scott Dixon extended his Indianapolis 500 record for times led to 58. He has also led at least one lap in 14 of his 19 Indy 500 starts, tying Kanaan for the all-time record.
  • Will Power did not lead any laps, breaking an eight-year streak of laps led that ran from 2013 to 2020.
  • Conor Daly, Alex Palou, Pato O'Ward and Rinus VeeKay led laps for the first time in their "500" careers. Daly made his eighth start, while Palou, O'Ward and VeeKay made their second starts. With the addition of these four drivers, a total of 236 drivers have led laps in the 500-mile race.
  • Next up for IndyCar is the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader on June 12 and 13.

Practice 9 — Carb Day

RankDriverCar No.Best TimeOn LapBest SpeedTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Scott Dixon900:39.41786228.32347--.------.----
2Simon Pagenaud2200:39.620157227.157890.20230.2023
3Josef Newgarden200:39.672888226.856930.25500.0527
4Conor Daly4700:39.752853226.399700.33500.0800
5Marco Andretti9800:39.753464226.396650.33560.0006
6Will Power1200:39.78388226.223820.36600.0304
7Scott McLaughlin300:39.789221226.192660.37140.0054
8Tony Kanaan4800:39.83567225.929480.41780.0464
9Takuma Sato3000:39.875765225.701940.45790.0401
10Sage Karam2400:39.903936225.542610.48610.0282
11Pato O'Ward500:39.909357225.511930.49150.0054
12Max Chilton5900:39.938284225.348890.52040.0289
13Alexander Rossi2700:39.942447225.324510.52460.0042
14Sebastien Bourdais1400:39.971027225.163330.55320.0286
15Helio Castroneves600:39.971417225.161620.55360.0004
16Juan Pablo Montoya8600:39.973633225.149540.55580.0022
17JR Hildebrand100:40.009830224.945700.59200.0362
18Ed Jones1800:40.016012224.910710.59820.0062
19Graham Rahal1500:40.02278224.8721000.60490.0067
20Ryan Hunter-Reay2800:40.050033224.719710.63220.0273
21James Hinchcliffe2900:40.080819224.546920.66300.0308
22Alex Palou1000:40.089058224.500710.67120.0082
23Marcus Ericsson800:40.094861224.468840.67700.0058
24Felix Rosenqvist700:40.101920224.428610.68410.0071
25Dalton Kellett400:40.169419224.051540.75160.0675
26Stefan Wilson2500:40.170171224.047740.75230.0007
27Santino Ferrucci4500:40.199311223.884770.78150.0292
28Colton Herta2600:40.237826223.670780.82000.0385
29Jack Harvey6000:40.23898223.664760.82110.0011
30Ed Carpenter2000:40.240724223.654610.82290.0018
31Rinus VeeKay2100:40.346410223.068560.92860.1057
32Simona De Silvestro1600:40.354625223.023720.93680.0082
33Pietro Fittipaldi5100:40.509064222.173881.09120.1544
— Practice 9: Results | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • Originally scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. EDT, practice was delayed by 2.5 hours due to inclement weather at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • The revised start time of 1:30 p.m. was further delayed by a fuel spill on pit lane in the pit stall of the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda. For the infraction, the team was assessed a five-minute stop-and-hold penalty.
  • Once green at 1:36 p.m., practice was able to continue under green-flag conditions until 3:25 p.m., when weather conditions prompted a yellow flag. Six minutes later, the checkered flag flew five minutes prior to the two-hour mark.
  • During practice, the No. 8 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda of Marcus Ericsson received a 10-minute stop-and-hold penalty for violating two rules:
    • 7.10.2: Flowing fuel during practice with engine running.
    • 9.3.1.7: Failure to follow the direction of INDYCAR.
  • The next on-track action is the Indianapolis 500 itself. The green flag is scheduled at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 30.

Practice 8

RankDriverCar No.Best TimeOn LapBest SpeedTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Alex Palou1000:39.885029225.64952--.------.----
2Marcus Ericsson800:39.88804225.632540.00300.0030
3Conor Daly4700:39.919719225.453700.03470.0317
4Tony Kanaan4800:39.923617225.431300.03860.0039
5Scott Dixon900:40.03521224.802300.15020.1116
6Takuma Sato3000:40.101634224.430720.21660.0664
7Graham Rahal1500:40.111253224.376870.22620.0096
8Stefan Wilson2500:40.14123224.209760.25620.0300
9Felix Rosenqvist700:40.16347224.085760.27840.0222
10Marco Andretti9800:40.206716223.843870.32170.0433
11Will Power1200:40.256841223.565700.37180.0501
12JR Hildebrand100:40.262923223.531510.37790.0061
13Alexander Rossi2700:40.276664223.455900.39160.0137
14Sebastien Bourdais1400:40.278269223.446810.39320.0016
15Scott McLaughlin300:40.320568223.212950.43550.0423
16Juan Pablo Montoya8600:40.34084223.099600.45580.0203
17Santino Ferrucci4500:40.348840223.055400.46380.0080
18Sage Karam2400:40.367327222.953690.48230.0185
19James Hinchcliffe2900:40.403423222.754900.51840.0361
20Ed Jones1800:40.418661222.670790.53360.0152
21Dalton Kellett400:40.436927222.569370.55190.0183
22Jack Harvey6000:40.451880222.487810.56680.0149
23Rinus VeeKay2100:40.459715222.444320.57470.0079
24Pato O'Ward500:40.479243222.336510.59420.0195
25Ed Carpenter2000:40.49017222.277580.60510.0109
26Josef Newgarden200:40.515370222.138840.63030.0252
27Max Chilton5900:40.546048221.970500.66100.0307
28Simon Pagenaud2200:40.598621221.683210.71360.0526
29Colton Herta2600:40.648539221.410710.76350.0499
30Helio Castroneves600:40.660051221.348680.77500.0115
31Pietro Fittipaldi5100:40.678071221.250820.79300.0180
32Ryan Hunter-Reay2800:40.686928221.201530.80190.0089
33Simona De Silvestro1600:40.797033220.604460.91200.1101
— Practice 8: Results | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • The 120-minute session was interrupted by one yellow flag when Simon Pagenaud's No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet began smoking at the 25-minute mark. The issue began in Turn 1 and Pagenaud pulled the car off course and to a stop in Turn 2.
  • The final results included four Chip Ganassi Racing Hondas in the top five. All four cars also featured in the Firestone Fast Nine.

Qualifying — Day 2

RankDriverCar No.Lap 1 TimeLap 2 TimeLap 3 TimeLap 4 TimeTotal TimeAverage Speed
1Scott Dixon938.666938.813438.904938.998502:35.3837231.685
2Colton Herta2638.733738.848038.902338.919402:35.4034231.655
3Rinus VeeKay2138.739238.854738.930538.975602:35.5000231.511
4Ed Carpenter2038.728038.852238.931738.992802:35.5047231.504
5Tony Kanaan4838.839838.947738.988339.047102:35.8229231.032
6Alex Palou1038.922739.021539.059339.100402:36.1039230.616
7Ryan Hunter-Reay2838.889039.019239.092239.182302:36.1827230.499
8Helio Castroneves638.961939.063739.099139.155702:36.2804230.355
9Marcus Ericsson838.961739.048239.119739.175802:36.3054230.318
10Alexander Rossi2738.892438.941238.970039.009602:35.8132231.046
11Ed Jones1838.854738.934838.985639.039702:35.8148231.044
12Pato O'Ward538.888138.955939.008539.083502:35.9360230.864
13Pietro Fittipaldi5138.869938.970939.028939.078402:35.9481230.846
14Felix Rosenqvist738.919738.984939.043539.068702:36.0168230.744
15Takuma Sato3038.896138.985239.041339.119102:36.0417230.708
16James Hinchcliffe2938.943139.018639.079539.098302:36.1395230.563
17Scott McLaughlin338.935039.012039.076739.119802:36.1435230.557
18Graham Rahal1538.995039.043939.058239.070902:36.1680230.521
19Conor Daly4738.976539.038639.086639.129702:36.2314230.427
20Jack Harvey6039.057739.088739.110039.135802:36.3922230.191
21Josef Newgarden238.987139.095839.154039.236602:36.4735230.071
22JR Hildebrand139.034539.110739.265739.124502:36.5354229.980
23Santino Ferrucci4539.037739.155039.178039.185602:36.5563229.949
24Juan Pablo Montoya8638.995539.089839.219239.291602:36.5961229.891
25Marco Andretti9838.998339.114539.196939.299202:36.6089229.872
26Simon Pagenaud2239.061739.149939.231939.229702:36.6732229.778
27Sebastien Bourdais1439.092439.174239.198039.231802:36.6964229.744
28Stefan Wilson2539.131739.161339.200139.223502:36.7166229.714
29Max Chilton5939.096039.209239.281139.333202:36.9195229.417
30Dalton Kellett439.236039.240339.871039.324402:37.6717228.323
31Sage Karam2439.125039.228839.323539.420902:37.0982229.156
32Will Power1239.121539.283139.331639.554302:37.2905228.876
33Simona De Silvestro1639.322239.383039.452839.492402:37.6504228.353
34Scott Dixon938.697338.832938.858138.899102:35.2874231.828
35Colton Herta2638.732438.814538.890138.971102:35.4081231.648
36Tony Kanaan4838.735038.819138.887838.972102:35.4140231.639
37Ed Carpenter2038.753138.830538.900338.945502:35.4294231.616
38Rinus VeeKay2138.778838.855838.916438.968202:35.5192231.483
39Helio Castroneves638.927038.896338.923738.986402:35.7334231.164
40Alex Palou1038.828338.920138.981839.015902:35.7461231.145
41Ryan Hunter-Reay2838.873138.919538.966338.991202:35.7501231.139
42Marcus Ericsson838.819338.925439.008939.020302:35.7739231.104
43Alex Palou1038.799938.91260.00000.000001:17.7125231.623
44Rinus VeeKay2138.853138.959139.046239.093002:35.9514230.841
45Takuma Sato3038.957139.06170.00000.000001:18.0188230.714
46Santino Ferrucci4539.03350.00000.00000.000000:39.0335230.571
47Felix Rosenqvist738.996039.026739.072639.088202:36.1835230.498
48Conor Daly4738.933639.072439.140939.189202:36.3361230.273
49Ed Jones1839.002939.068739.123139.159702:36.3544230.246
50Colton Herta2638.961339.088239.138939.177902:36.3663230.229
51Josef Newgarden239.059139.100039.166839.162602:36.4885230.049
52Marco Andretti9839.065239.138539.200839.205902:36.6104229.870
53Juan Pablo Montoya8639.045639.143139.223539.288802:36.7010229.737
54Stefan Wilson2539.052139.151339.234039.292902:36.7303229.694
55Stefan Wilson2539.120739.145539.218139.288102:36.7724229.632
56Marco Andretti9839.123439.225039.332139.345902:37.0264229.261
57Dalton Kellett439.172039.239139.292939.329502:37.0335229.250
58Will Power1239.234139.248839.258139.308202:37.0492229.228
59Sage Karam2439.214139.266239.290739.325702:37.0967229.158
60Will Power1239.208739.278039.362039.321102:37.1698229.052
61Sage Karam2439.186439.41080.00000.000001:18.5972229.016
62Sage Karam2439.32190.00000.00000.000000:39.3219228.880
63Helio Castroneves639.182639.60810.00000.000001:18.7907228.453
64Charlie Kimball1139.301239.383139.436239.496802:37.6173228.401
65Simona De Silvestro1639.096239.375639.422939.726702:37.6214228.395
66Simona De Silvestro1639.280739.370839.434239.689202:37.7749228.173
67Simona De Silvestro1639.408239.481039.497439.499402:37.8860228.013
68RC Enerson7539.531439.62080.00000.000001:19.1522227.410
69RC Enerson7539.535539.575039.627339.655302:38.3931227.283
70Charlie Kimball1139.613539.66310.00000.000001:19.2766227.053
71Jack Harvey6039.295239.956839.903540.492702:39.6482225.496
72Charlie Kimball1139.412939.478939.529739.604102:38.0256227.811
73Charlie Kimball1139.475839.551039.560139.596202:38.1831227.584
74RC Enerson7539.485439.594039.635739.667202:38.3823227.298
75RC Enerson7539.608439.685039.682239.745602:38.7212226.813
— Qualifying Day 2: Results (PDF) | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • Scott Dixon's pole win was his first of 2021, the 27th of his Indy car career and his fourth at the Indianapolis 500, which ties him for second on the all-time list. His last pole came at the 2017 Indianapolis 500. It will be his sixth front-row start at the Indy 500.
  • Dixon's achievement marked the 91st pole in Indy car competition for Chip Ganassi Racing and the team's sixth pole at Indianapolis. Its previous "500" poles were with Arie Luyendyk in 1993, Bruno Junqueira in 2002 and Dixon in 2008, 2015 and 2017.
  • Colton Herta's second-place starting position represents a career best best at Indianapolis for the 21-year-old driver.
  • Rinus VeeKay, the third-place starter, will also make a career-best start at Indianapolis. He also became the youngest front-row starter in race history at 20 years and 254 days old.
  • The field of 33's average qualifying speed of 230.294 mph is a new Indianapolis 500 record, surpassing the previous average speed of 229.382 mph set in 2014.
  • Sage Karam, Will Power and Simona De Silvestro will fill starting positions 31–33 after both Charlie Kimball and RC Enerson were unable to bump their way into the starting lineup.

Practice 7

RankDriverCar No.Best TimeOn LapBest SpeedTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Helio Castroneves600:39.04402230.50912--.------.----
2Ryan Hunter-Reay2800:39.05412230.4560.01010.0101
3Alex Palou1000:39.082512230.282170.03850.0284
4Simona De Silvestro1600:39.30162228.998100.25760.2191
5Charlie Kimball1100:39.48753227.9270.44350.1859
6RC Enerson7500:39.580610227.384140.53660.0931
— Practice 7: Results | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • The one-hour session for the second day of qualifying had no incidents.
  • Six of 14 eligible drivers participated, with Helio Castroneves fastest overall at 230.509 mph.
  • Of the drivers competing for a spot on the last row of the grid, both Sage Karam and Will Power did not participate.
  • Scott Dixon, Colton Herta, Tony Kanaan, Ed Carpenter, Rinus VeeKay and Marcus Ericsson were the Fast Nine competitors that elected to skip morning practice.

Qualifying — Day 1

RankDriverCar No.Lap 1 TimeLap 2 TimeLap 3 TimeLap 4 TimeTotal TimeAverage Speed
1Scott Dixon938.697338.832938.858138.899102:35.2874231.828
2Colton Herta2638.732438.814538.890138.971102:35.4081231.648
3Tony Kanaan4838.735038.819138.887838.972102:35.4140231.639
4Ed Carpenter2038.753138.830538.900338.945502:35.4294231.616
5Rinus VeeKay2138.778838.855838.916438.968202:35.5192231.483
6Helio Castroneves638.927038.896338.923738.986402:35.7334231.164
7Alex Palou1038.828338.920138.981839.015902:35.7461231.145
8Ryan Hunter-Reay2838.873138.919538.966338.991202:35.7501231.139
9Marcus Ericsson838.819338.925439.008939.020302:35.7739231.104
10Alexander Rossi2738.892438.941238.970039.009602:35.8132231.046
11Ed Jones1838.854738.934838.985639.039702:35.8148231.044
12Pato O'Ward538.888138.955939.008539.083502:35.9360230.864
13Pietro Fittipaldi5138.869938.970939.028939.078402:35.9481230.846
14Felix Rosenqvist738.919738.984939.043539.068702:36.0168230.744
15Takuma Sato3038.896138.985239.041339.119102:36.0417230.708
16James Hinchcliffe2938.943139.018639.079539.098302:36.1395230.563
17Scott McLaughlin338.935039.012039.076739.119802:36.1435230.557
18Graham Rahal1538.995039.043939.058239.070902:36.1680230.521
19Conor Daly4738.976539.038639.086639.129702:36.2314230.427
20Jack Harvey6039.057739.088739.110039.135802:36.3922230.191
21Josef Newgarden238.987139.095839.154039.236602:36.4735230.071
22JR Hildebrand139.034539.110739.265739.124502:36.5354229.980
23Santino Ferrucci4539.037739.155039.178039.185602:36.5563229.949
24Juan Pablo Montoya8638.995539.089839.219239.291602:36.5961229.891
25Marco Andretti9838.998339.114539.196939.299202:36.6089229.872
26Simon Pagenaud2239.061739.149939.231939.229702:36.6732229.778
27Sebastien Bourdais1439.092439.174239.198039.231802:36.6964229.744
28Stefan Wilson2539.131739.161339.200139.223502:36.7166229.714
29Max Chilton5939.096039.209239.281139.333202:36.9195229.417
30Dalton Kellett439.236039.240339.871039.324402:37.6717228.323
31Alex Palou1038.799938.91260.00000.000001:17.7125231.623
32Rinus VeeKay2138.853138.959139.046239.093002:35.9514230.841
33Takuma Sato3038.957139.06170.00000.000001:18.0188230.714
34Santino Ferrucci4539.03350.00000.00000.000000:39.0335230.571
35Felix Rosenqvist738.996039.026739.072639.088202:36.1835230.498
36Conor Daly4738.933639.072439.140939.189202:36.3361230.273
37Ed Jones1839.002939.068739.123139.159702:36.3544230.246
38Colton Herta2638.961339.088239.138939.177902:36.3663230.229
39Josef Newgarden239.059139.100039.166839.162602:36.4885230.049
40Marco Andretti9839.065239.138539.200839.205902:36.6104229.870
41Juan Pablo Montoya8639.045639.143139.223539.288802:36.7010229.737
42Stefan Wilson2539.052139.151339.234039.292902:36.7303229.694
43Stefan Wilson2539.120739.145539.218139.288102:36.7724229.632
44Marco Andretti9839.123439.225039.332139.345902:37.0264229.261
45Dalton Kellett439.172039.239139.292939.329502:37.0335229.250
46Will Power1239.234139.248839.258139.308202:37.0492229.228
47Sage Karam2439.214139.266239.290739.325702:37.0967229.158
48Will Power1239.208739.278039.362039.321102:37.1698229.052
49Sage Karam2439.186439.41080.00000.000001:18.5972229.016
50Sage Karam2439.32190.00000.00000.000000:39.3219228.880
51Helio Castroneves639.182639.60810.00000.000001:18.7907228.453
52Charlie Kimball1139.301239.383139.436239.496802:37.6173228.401
53Simona De Silvestro1639.096239.375639.422939.726702:37.6214228.395
54Simona De Silvestro1639.280739.370839.434239.689202:37.7749228.173
55Simona De Silvestro1639.408239.481039.497439.499402:37.8860228.013
56RC Enerson7539.531439.62080.00000.000001:19.1522227.410
57RC Enerson7539.535539.575039.627339.655302:38.3931227.283
58Charlie Kimball1139.613539.66310.00000.000001:19.2766227.053
59Jack Harvey6039.295239.956839.903540.492702:39.6482225.496
— Qualifying Day 1: Results (PDF) | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • Scott Dixon, the first qualifier of the day thanks to his qualification draw, set a mark that was unable to be matched for the entirety of the five-hour and 50-minute session. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver’s 231.825 mph four-lap average proved untouchable, although teammate Tony Kanaan and Andretti Autosport driver Colton Herta came closest.
  • Qualifying, which began at noon EDT, was without incident until 3:38 p.m. during Alex Palou’s second qualification attempt. On his third lap, Palou got loose and made hard right-rear contact with the SAFER Barrier at the exit of Turn 2. The race car came to rest on the backstretch and Palou was able to exit his vehicle without assistance from the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team.
  • At the conclusion of qualifying, five drivers remained outside the top 30 and will compete for the final three starting positions on Sunday in the last-row shootout: Simona De Silvestro, Charlie Kimball, Will Power, Sage Karam and RC Enerson.
  • Just prior to the last qualifying run, Dalton Kellett withdrew his four-lap average of 229.250 mph and averaged 228.323 mph in his attempt, remaining 30th but lowering the threshold for entry into the top 30 by almost a full mile per hour. Following Kellett, De Silvestro made the final run of the day but was unable to surpass 228.323 mph, solidifying Kellett’s position in the top 30.

Practice 6

RankDriverCar No.Best TimeOn LapBest SpeedTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Jack Harvey6000:39.05833230.4258--.------.----
2Takuma Sato3000:39.07746230.31260.01910.0191
3Ryan Hunter-Reay2800:39.09715230.196150.03880.0197
4Scott McLaughlin300:39.15173229.87580.09340.0546
5Simon Pagenaud2200:39.155214229.855150.09690.0035
6Marco Andretti9800:39.160912229.821180.10260.0057
7Josef Newgarden200:39.17413229.74470.11580.0132
8Will Power1200:39.19035229.64980.13200.0162
9Charlie Kimball1100:39.37293228.584150.31460.1826
— Practice 6: Results | Back to the session list

Practice 5 — Fast Friday

RankDriverCar No.Best TimeOn LapBest SpeedTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Scott Dixon900:38.576619233.30229--.------.----
2Colton Herta2600:38.662431232.784340.08580.0858
3Tony Kanaan4800:38.678125232.690260.10150.0157
4Marcus Ericsson800:38.704535232.531390.12790.0264
5Alex Palou1000:38.767219232.155230.19060.0627
6Pato O'Ward500:38.787426232.034300.21080.0202
7Alexander Rossi2700:38.816028231.863400.23940.0286
8Takuma Sato3000:38.860423231.598280.28380.0444
9Ed Jones1800:38.86533231.569180.28870.0049
10Ryan Hunter-Reay2800:38.870332231.539330.29370.0050
11Graham Rahal1500:38.873826231.518300.29720.0035
12Rinus VeeKay2100:38.906314231.325180.32970.0325
13Stefan Wilson2500:38.965026230.977280.38840.0587
14Santino Ferrucci4500:38.973917230.924210.39730.0089
15Ed Carpenter2000:38.977722230.901290.40110.0038
16Jack Harvey6000:38.988032230.840350.41140.0103
17James Hinchcliffe2900:38.991930230.817300.41530.0039
18Pietro Fittipaldi5100:39.017415230.666170.44080.0255
19Conor Daly4700:39.024119230.627360.44750.0067
20Felix Rosenqvist700:39.030832230.587360.45420.0067
21Helio Castroneves600:39.04358230.512480.46690.0127
22Josef Newgarden200:39.049138230.479480.47250.0056
23Max Chilton5900:39.050139230.473470.47350.0010
24Scott McLaughlin300:39.060026230.415300.48340.0099
25Juan Pablo Montoya8600:39.068342230.366440.49170.0083
26Marco Andretti9800:39.073511230.335250.49690.0052
27Dalton Kellett400:39.097017230.197200.52040.0235
28JR Hildebrand100:39.135126229.973360.55850.0381
29Will Power1200:39.156413229.847420.57980.0213
30Simon Pagenaud2200:39.165830229.792410.58920.0094
31Sage Karam2400:39.209534229.536430.63290.0437
32Simona De Silvestro1600:39.21977229.477340.64310.0102
33Sebastien Bourdais1400:39.228421229.426230.65180.0087
34Charlie Kimball1100:39.383922228.520300.80730.1555
35RC Enerson7500:39.813421226.055331.23680.4295
— Practice 5: Results | Back to the session list

Practice 4

RankDriverCar No.Best TimeOn LapBest SpeedTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Tony Kanaan4800:39.939571225.34180--.------.----
2Conor Daly4700:39.956535225.245900.01700.0170
3Santino Ferrucci4500:40.013944224.922500.07440.0574
4Josef Newgarden200:40.020467224.8851210.08090.0065
5Scott Dixon900:40.059523224.666650.12000.0391
6Rinus VeeKay2100:40.105428224.409960.16590.0459
7Helio Castroneves600:40.108285224.3931140.16870.0028
8Marcus Ericsson800:40.129647224.273890.19010.0214
9Takuma Sato3000:40.137051224.232930.19750.0074
10Colton Herta2600:40.188747223.9441040.24920.0517
11Alex Palou1000:40.236214223.6791250.29670.0475
12Ryan Hunter-Reay2800:40.259966223.548810.32040.0237
13Scott McLaughlin300:40.270120223.491600.33060.0102
14Pato O'Ward500:40.298631223.333640.35910.0285
15Will Power1200:40.317242223.230820.37770.0186
16Felix Rosenqvist700:40.322860223.199850.38330.0056
17Jack Harvey6000:40.337878223.116910.39830.0150
18Marco Andretti9800:40.427080222.6231230.48750.0892
19Ed Jones1800:40.430646222.604630.49110.0036
20Ed Carpenter2000:40.460171222.441960.52060.0295
21Alexander Rossi2700:40.465515222.412940.52600.0054
22Juan Pablo Montoya8600:40.470539222.384730.53100.0050
23Simon Pagenaud2200:40.47415222.364420.53460.0036
24Dalton Kellett400:40.554047221.926710.61450.0799
25Stefan Wilson2500:40.576311221.8041020.63680.0223
26Graham Rahal1500:40.586631221.748700.64710.0103
27Pietro Fittipaldi5100:40.613422221.602710.67390.0268
28Sage Karam2400:40.648320221.411860.70880.0349
29Charlie Kimball1100:40.677838221.251570.73830.0295
30JR Hildebrand100:40.692232221.173620.75270.0144
31Simona De Silvestro1600:40.740435220.911810.80090.0482
32James Hinchcliffe2900:40.756964220.822970.81740.0165
33Max Chilton5900:40.818320220.489610.87880.0614
34Sebastien Bourdais1400:40.932181219.876810.99260.1138
35RC Enerson7500:41.38998217.444501.45040.4578
— Practice 4: Results | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • Two incidents of contact slowed Practice 4:
    • Almost immediately after the green flag at noon EDT, the No. 26 Honda of Colton Herta made light contact with the wall in Turn 4 and made further light contact with the No. 3 Chevrolet of Scott McLaughlin. Both drivers were able to continue on track.
    • At 4:14 p.m., the No. 18 Honda of Santino Ferrucci spun midway through Turn 2 and made hard rear contact with the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier. Ferrucci was assisted to the medical vehicle by the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team.
  • INDYCAR Medical Director Geoffrey Billows provided the following medical update information regarding Ferrucci: "Santino Ferrucci has been transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for further evaluation of his left foot after being involved in the first major incident of practice this week."
  • At end of the session, Tony Kanaan was fastest overall in the No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda while Jack Harvey topped the no-tow speed chart at 222.090 mph in the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Honda.

Practice 3

RankDriverCar No.Best TimeOn LapBest SpeedTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Scott Dixon900:39.677460226.829108--.------.----
2Conor Daly4700:39.757534226.372980.08010.0801
3Ed Carpenter2000:39.804953226.1031090.12750.0474
4Marcus Ericsson800:39.82182226.007940.14440.0169
5Tony Kanaan4800:39.862944225.774710.18550.0411
6Sebastien Bourdais1400:39.91299225.491980.23550.0500
7Pato O'Ward500:39.927539225.4091050.25010.0146
8Alex Palou1000:39.946479225.3021000.26900.0189
9Sage Karam2400:39.946742225.300670.26930.0003
10Marco Andretti9800:39.996845225.018900.31940.0501
11Rinus VeeKay2100:40.001324224.9931110.32390.0045
12Alexander Rossi2700:40.002134224.9881040.32470.0008
13Helio Castroneves600:40.022370224.8751100.34490.0202
14Graham Rahal1500:40.033365224.8131270.35590.0110
15Will Power1200:40.038267224.785930.36080.0049
16Ryan Hunter-Reay2800:40.038958224.7811040.36150.0007
17Scott McLaughlin300:40.115587224.3521120.43810.0766
18Colton Herta2600:40.122281224.3151200.44480.0067
19Jack Harvey6000:40.136249224.2361140.45880.0140
20Takuma Sato3000:40.168386224.0571160.49090.0321
21Ed Jones1800:40.206376223.8461260.52890.0380
22Felix Rosenqvist700:40.218337223.7791160.54090.0120
23Juan Pablo Montoya8600:40.259749223.549610.58230.0414
24Simona De Silvestro1600:40.2604100223.5451200.58300.0007
25JR Hildebrand100:40.264450223.523620.58700.0040
26Max Chilton5900:40.324364223.190810.64690.0599
27Stefan Wilson2500:40.350478223.0461050.67300.0261
28Simon Pagenaud2200:40.361934222.983800.68450.0115
29Pietro Fittipaldi5100:40.4320121222.5961260.75460.0701
30Josef Newgarden200:40.441520222.544680.76410.0095
31Dalton Kellett400:40.4501108222.4961190.77270.0086
32James Hinchcliffe2900:40.516961222.130970.83950.0668
33Charlie Kimball1100:40.679183221.244831.00170.1622
34Santino Ferrucci4500:41.079312219.088311.40190.4002
— Practice 3: Results | Back to the session list

Practice 2

RankDriverCar No.Best TimeOn LapBest SpeedTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Will Power1200:39.740335226.47057--.------.----
2Ryan Hunter-Reay2800:39.757822226.371430.01750.0175
3Takuma Sato3000:39.799813226.132580.05950.0420
4Sage Karam2400:39.833231225.942430.09290.0334
5Conor Daly4700:39.886535225.640650.14620.0533
6Simon Pagenaud2200:39.959240225.230640.21890.0727
7Pato O'Ward500:39.974035225.146560.23370.0148
8Scott Dixon900:40.00218224.988480.26180.0281
9Ed Jones1800:40.062155224.651580.32180.0600
10Marcus Ericsson800:40.068649224.615550.32830.0065
11Tony Kanaan4800:40.072556224.593580.33220.0039
12Juan Pablo Montoya8600:40.10994224.384440.36960.0374
13Simona De Silvestro1600:40.137352224.230710.39700.0274
14Josef Newgarden200:40.17149224.040370.43110.0341
15Rinus VeeKay2100:40.215842223.793690.47550.0444
16James Hinchcliffe2900:40.218030223.780670.47770.0022
17Felix Rosenqvist700:40.224628223.744450.48430.0066
18Ed Carpenter2000:40.237730223.671570.49740.0131
19Marco Andretti9800:40.298023223.336520.55770.0603
20Colton Herta2600:40.29936223.329720.55900.0013
21Helio Castroneves600:40.348026223.059440.60770.0487
22Alexander Rossi2700:40.358131223.004630.61780.0101
23Alex Palou1000:40.379212222.887530.63890.0211
24Charlie Kimball1100:40.393825222.806360.65350.0146
25Scott McLaughlin300:40.413313222.699500.67300.0195
26Graham Rahal1500:40.434444222.583630.69410.0211
27Dalton Kellett400:40.472952222.371590.73260.0385
28JR Hildebrand100:40.49284222.262220.75250.0199
29Jack Harvey6000:40.519934222.113560.77960.0271
30Max Chilton5900:40.560655221.890560.82030.0407
31Pietro Fittipaldi5100:40.765746220.774521.02540.2051
32Santino Ferrucci4500:40.77614220.718241.03580.0104
33Sebastien Bourdais1400:40.88377220.137231.14340.1076
34Stefan Wilson2500:41.176220218.573251.43590.2925
— Practice 2: Results | Back to the session list

Practice 1

RankDriverCar No.Best TimeOn LapBest SpeedTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Graham Rahal1500:40.277618223.44919--.------.----
2Scott Dixon900:40.28299223.420200.00530.0053
3Scott McLaughlin300:40.388512222.836180.11090.1056
4Juan Pablo Montoya8600:40.398510222.781190.12090.0100
5Ed Jones1800:40.41315222.700190.13550.0146
6Will Power1200:40.461129222.436300.18350.0480
7Santino Ferrucci4500:40.503410222.204180.22580.0423
8Pato O'Ward500:40.507610222.181220.23000.0042
9James Hinchcliffe2900:40.542311221.990110.26470.0347
10Helio Castroneves600:40.56606221.861190.28840.0237
11Conor Daly4700:40.598810221.681170.32120.0328
12Sage Karam2400:40.663721221.328260.38610.0649
13Tony Kanaan4800:40.74218220.902100.46450.0784
14Ryan Hunter-Reay2800:40.760011220.805120.48240.0179
15Colton Herta2600:40.786310220.662120.50870.0263
16Marco Andretti9800:40.793018220.626210.51540.0067
17Alex Palou1000:40.816411220.500180.53880.0234
18Sebastien Bourdais1400:40.84027220.371150.56260.0238
19Marcus Ericsson800:40.889719220.104300.61210.0495
20Takuma Sato3000:40.90774220.007180.63010.0180
21Rinus VeeKay2100:40.90937219.999130.63170.0016
22Ed Carpenter2000:40.97988219.620120.70220.0705
23Max Chilton5900:41.09088219.027140.81320.1110
24Simon Pagenaud2200:41.097015218.994170.81940.0062
25Felix Rosenqvist700:41.14619218.733180.86850.0491
26Simona De Silvestro1600:41.19298218.484100.91530.0468
27Alexander Rossi2700:41.33824217.716111.06060.1453
28Pietro Fittipaldi5100:41.364919217.576281.08730.0267
29Josef Newgarden200:41.64713216.101111.36950.2822
30Dalton Kellett410:30.3765114.27729:50.09899:48.7294
— Practice 1: Results | Back to the session list

 

Green Flag12:45 p.m. EDT *
Drivers Start Your Engines12:38 p.m.
Race Broadcast11 a.m. on NBC
Pre-Race Show9 a.m. on NBCSN
QualifyingNoon to 5:50 p.m. Saturday, May 22
1:15–2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 23 (Last Row Qualifications)
3–3:45 p.m. (Fast Nine Qualifications)
Qualifying BroadcastNoon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 22 on Peacock Premium
2–3 p.m. Saturday, May 22 on NBC
3–6 p.m. Saturday, May 22 on NBCSN
1–2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 23 on NBCSN
2:30–4 p.m. Sunday, May 23 on NBC
Practice Sessions10 a.m. to Noon Tuesday, May 18 (Oval Veterans)
Noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 (ROP and Refreshers)
3–6 p.m. Tuesday, May 18
Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 19
Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 20
Noon to 6 p.m. Friday, May 21 (Fast Friday)
9:30–10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22
11 a.m. to Noon Sunday, May 23
5–7 p.m. Sunday, May 23
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* All times are in Eastern Daylight Time. View the green-flag time in all time zones.

Starting LineupView Table
Qualifications DrawView PDF
Entry ListView Table
Spotter Guide— Qualifying: View
Pit AssignmentsView PDF

Starting Lineup

SPCar No.DriverEngine
19Scott DixonHonda
226Colton HertaHonda
321Rinus VeeKayChevrolet
420Ed CarpenterChevrolet
548Tony KanaanHonda
610Alex PalouHonda
728Ryan Hunter-ReayHonda
806Helio CastronevesHonda
98Marcus EricssonHonda
1027Alexander RossiHonda
1118Ed JonesHonda
125Pato O'WardChevrolet
1351Pietro Fittipaldi (R)Honda
147Felix RosenqvistChevrolet
1530Takuma SatoHonda
1629James HinchcliffeHonda
173Scott McLaughlin (R)Chevrolet
1815Graham RahalHonda
1947Conor DalyChevrolet
2060Jack HarveyHonda
212Josef NewgardenChevrolet
221JR HildebrandChevrolet
2345Santino FerrucciHonda
2486Juan Pablo MontoyaChevrolet
2598Marco AndrettiHonda
2622Simon PagenaudChevrolet
2714Sebastien BourdaisChevrolet
2825Stefan WilsonHonda
2959Max ChiltonChevrolet
304Dalton KellettChevrolet
3124Sage KaramChevrolet
3212Will PowerChevrolet
3316Simona De SilvestroChevrolet
(R) Rookie
— Starting Lineup: PDF

Entry List

Car No.DriverHometownSponsorTeamEngine
1JR HildebrandSausalito, California, USAABC SupplyAJ Foyt RacingChevrolet
2Josef NewgardenNashville, Tennessee, USAShell Fuel RewardsTeam PenskeChevrolet
3Scott McLaughlin (R)Christchurch, New ZealandPennzoilTeam PenskeChevrolet
4Dalton KellettStouffville, CanadaK-Line InsulatorsAJ Foyt RacingChevrolet
5Pato O’WardMonterrey, MexicoArrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SPChevrolet
06Helio Castroneves (W)Sao Paulo, BrazilAutoNation / SiriusXMMeyer Shank RacingHonda
7Felix RosenqvistVärnamo, SwedenArrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SPChevrolet
8Marcus EricssonKumla, SwedenHuski ChocolateChip Ganassi RacingHonda
9Scott Dixon (W)Auckland, New ZealandPNC BankChip Ganassi RacingHonda
10Alex PalouBarcelona, SpainNTT DataChip Ganassi RacingHonda
11Charlie KimballCamarillo, California, USATresibaAJ Foyt RacingChevrolet
12Will Power (W)Toowoomba, AustraliaVerizon 5GTeam PenskeChevrolet
14Sebastien BourdaisLe Mans, FranceROKiTAJ Foyt RacingChevrolet
15Graham RahalNew Albany, Ohio, USAUnited RentalsRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda
16Simona De SilvestroThun, SwitzerlandRocket Pro TPOParetta AutosportChevrolet
18Ed JonesDubai, United Arab EmiratesSealMasterDale Coyne Racing with Vasser SullivanHonda
20Ed CarpenterIndianapolis, Indiana, USASONAXEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet
21Rinus VeeKayHoofddorp, NetherlandsBitcoinEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet
22Simon Pagenaud (W)Montmorillon, FranceMenardsTeam PenskeChevrolet
24Sage KaramNazareth, Pennsylvania, USAAES INDIANADreyer & Reinbold RacingChevrolet
25Stefan WilsonSheffield, EnglandLola SportAndretti AutosportHonda
26Colton HertaValencia, California, USAGainbridgeAndretti AutosportHonda
27Alexander Rossi (W)Nevada City, California, USANAPA Auto Parts / AutoNationAndretti AutosportHonda
28Ryan Hunter-Reay (W)Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USADHLAndretti AutosportHonda
29James HinchcliffeToronto, CanadaGenesysAndretti AutosportHonda
30Takuma Sato (W)Tokyo, JapanPanasonic / PeopleReadyRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda
45Santino FerrucciWoodbury, Connecticut, USAHy-VeeRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda
47Conor DalyNoblesville, Indiana, USAUnited States Air ForceEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet
48Tony Kanaan (W)Salvador, BrazilThe American LegionChip Ganassi RacingHonda
51Pietro Fittipaldi (R)Sao Paulo, BrazilMilitary Salutes NURTEC ODTDale Coyne Racing with RWRHonda
59Max ChiltonReigate, EnglandCarlinCarlinChevrolet
60Jack HarveyBassingham, EnglandAutoNation / SiriusXMMeyer Shank RacingHonda
75RC Enerson (R)New Port Richey, Florida, USATop Gun RacingTop Gun RacingChevrolet
86Juan Pablo Montoya (W)Bogota, ColombiaArrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SPChevrolet
98Marco AndrettiNazareth, Pennsylvania, USAGleaners Food Bank of IndianaAndretti AutosportHonda
(R) — Denotes Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year candidate
(W) Denotes Indianapolis 500 Winner
— Entry List: PDF

INDIANAPOLIS WEATHER

Track TypeOval
Length2.5 miles
Race Distance200 laps (500 miles)
Number of Turns4
DirectionCounter-clockwise
Track Map
2021 Indianapolis 500 track map
Credit: INDYCAR
Event Twitter Account & Hashtag@IMS, #Indy500

Last Five Wins— 2020: Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
— 2019: Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske
— 2018: Will Power, Team Penske
— 2017: Takuma Sato, Andretti Autosport
— 2016: Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport
— 2015: Juan Pablo Montoya, Team Penske
Last Five Poles— 2020: Marco Andretti, Andretti Autosport (231.068 mph)
— 2019: Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske (229.992 mph)
— 2018: Ed Carpenter, Ed Carpenter Racing (229.618 mph)
— 2017: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing (232.164 mph)
— 2016: James Hinchcliffe, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (230.760 mph)
Qualifying Record
(Single Lap)
237.498 mph (Arie Luyendyk of Treadway Racing on May 12, 1996)
Qualifying Record
(Four-Lap Average)
236.986 mph (Arie Luyendyk of Treadway Racing on May 12, 1996)

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