The man of the hour would be none other than Will Power. He would storm to the pole, beating Saavedra’s pole lap of 2014 and setting a new record.
Save for the lone Honda of Jack Hawksworth, the first dozen starting position were held by Chevrolets. This was rather worrying to the Honda brigade as they had hoped Indy would be a good track for them. The Firestone Fast Six was filled with Chevrolets, four belonging to Roger Penske and two to Chip Ganassi. It would seem race day would be dominated by the two powerhouses of the sport.
Come race day, a glimmer of hope appeared: rain. Rain had leveled the field in NOLA and scattered thunderstorms would be rolling past Indianapolis all day long. In fact as the grid was lining up in the pits, some of the looming clouds finally burst open.
Fans and photographers alike would have to scramble for cover. Unfortunately, the rain only lasted 5 minutes and the sun followed it, so the track was dry by the time the Indycars began to roll from the pits.
Despite a dry track, the clouds stuck around and threatened rain throughout the race.
And we’re green! After the disastrous start to the 2014 Angie’s List Grand prix of Indianapolis, standing starts were eliminated from IndyCar. As the green flag flew, the field fanned out and dove into the first turn. Things looked good until…
Helio Castroneves locked his brakes and bumped into Scott Dixon…
…which sent Dixon into a 180 spin..
…and bottled up the field, who all began to bounce off each other like pinballs. Some cars took to the grass to avoid the melee. Others went down an escape road a few hundred feet down the main straight.