The classification for the Indianapolis 500 – the sixth round of the championship Auto Indy of the United States, which will be held next Sunday with the historic participation of Agustín Canapino- closed this Sunday with the Last chance, in which the slowest four on Saturday battled for the last three grid positions for the 107th edition of the traditional race. And in that repechage a very particular situation arose: three of the four pilots belonged to Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingIncluded Graham Rahalson of the owner of the team, who was left out on the last lap due to a teammate.
None of the three Rahal team cars – that complete Christian lundgaard AND Jack Harvey– were able to secure a place in next week’s event on Saturday and had to bet on their chances this Sunday, together with the American robb stingof the Dale Coyne Racing.
Lundgaard and Robb made the difference early on “last chance” to enter the legendary race of Indianapolis Speedway. The Dane quickly emerged as the favourite, with an average speed of 229.649 miles per hour (about 369.6 kilometers per hour). And the place was second with 229.549 mph (369.4 km/h).
Thus, that last and coveted place on the grid for next Sunday was being fought almost head-to-head by the British Rahal and Harvey. And for a moment it seemed that the chief’s son had secured his place.
Is that when the 75 minutes scheduled for the drivers to try to complete four laps with the best possible average speed (they can try as many times as they can, but each attempt cancels the previous mark) was almost over, Rahal recorded 229.159 mph.
Less than a minute and a half left when Harvey took to the track in search of the miracle. He reached 229.435 mph in his first turn; he completed the second in 229.082; but then he upped the pace and added a lap of 229.176 and another of 228.971. Thus, he averaged 229.166 mph and dropped Rahal out of the Indianapolis 500.
“It was a huge effort. It was a fight in qualifying with all three of the team’s cars. We were hoping to qualify for all three and I hate that Graham didn’t make it. But I’m grateful to be in the race. I love this place and I’m happy to be here, despite the enormous stress we’re experiencing this weekend,” Harvey said. “It’s bittersweet. You never want to leave your partner out, especially since racing in the Indianapolis 500 is incredible.”.
Rahal, meanwhile, in a broken voice, analyzed: “It’s hard to be in your car waiting to see if your partner gets over you. There’s nothing you can do. But you have to stay positive. I was amazed at what Jack achieved at the fine, but you have to be… Getting to this place isn’t easy, it’s not something that just happens. And we weren’t good enough. We were the slowest of all the cars this weekend. But we have to be patient and be gentleman in defeat, and aim for next year.
On the other hand, Alex Pole (Chip Ganassi Racing) prevailed in the Fast 6in which the best six make a final round to define who wins the pole most prestigious in the world of motorsports.
The Spaniard achieved an average speed of 234.217 miles over the four timed laps (376.94 kilometers per hour), a new record in the Indiana speedway standings.
The second was Dutch Rinus VeeKay (Ed Carpenter Racing) with 234.211 km/h and third, the Swede Felix Rosenqvist (Arrow McLaren), who was fastest on Saturday and averaged 234.114 mph this Sunday.
Saturday, Agostino Canapinowho competes in his first season in the category with a car from Hollinger Racing rusheshe had achieved the 27th best average of the day and had secured his place in the race next Sunday.
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