Event Coverage: 2015 Indianapolis 500 Qualifying


Hertas' time would indeed fall.  Graham Rahal would be one of those to knock down the young Columbian.  However Rahal's speed would only be good enough for 17th.
Graham has been one of the fastest honda drivers all year, but a stuck transmission prevented him from giving his qualifying run 100%.  His shifter locked him into 5th gear, causing his car to redline and lowering his final speed.
Graham and his father (and team owner, as well as 1986 500 winner) Bobby debrief after the run.  Graham was visibly distressed.  He knew he could be in the top 6, but the dysfunctional transmission cost him dearly.
Defending champ Ryan Hunter-Reay put his Andretti Autosport prepared Honda on the inside of Row 6.  While not an impossible feat, defending his 2014 500 title will be a difficult task for sure.
The fastest Honda in the field was driven by Justin Wilson.  He slots in 6th with his Andretti owned (and sponsored) car.  Wilson is only a part-time driver this year, but it seems he is making the most of his opportunity.
Hildebrand is another part time driver this year.  The 2011 runner up put his CFH Chevrolet in 10th, a strong running for a for-hire driver.  JR is always a threat at Indy and with a good car could be a darkhorse for a win.

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