IndyCar > 2006 Round 04: Indy500 > Qualifying
INDYU.S.A.May 20, 2006
IRL IndyCar Series
Round 04: Indy500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pole Day Qualifying
Hornish Claims Pole for the Indy 500 Race Results >>

Quickest in nearly every practice session prior to qualifying, Marlboro Team Penske’s Sam Hornish Jr. claimed his first Indianapolis 500 Pole in single-car qualifying Saturday for the 90th Indianapolis 500.

Sam Hornish Jr.

Sam Hornish Jr.

Hornish's four-lap average speed of 228.985 mph was almost a full mile-per-hour quicker than teammate Helio Castroneves, who posted a 228.008 mph average. Defending race winner Dan Wheldon completes the first row of the 33-car starting field with an average speed of 227.338 mph.

A total of 32 drivers qualified today, a single-day record for the ‘500’, as Honda supplies the entire IndyCar Series starting field for the first time. The field so far includes six former race winners and four rookies, with third-generation racer Marco Andretti leading the first-year race qualifiers. Andretti will start ninth, on the outside of the third row.

Activities at Indianapolis Motor Speedway continue on Sunday with final-day qualifying to complete the 33-car starting field and the potential to “bump” the slowest qualifiers from the grid. The 2006 Indianapolis 500 takes place on Sunday, May 28.

Dan Wheldon

Kosuke Matsuura

Robert Clarke (President, Honda Performance Development) on qualifying all 32 cars in one day:
"Reflecting back, we’ve gone from being unable to qualify two cars for the race in 1995 to qualifying 32 cars, almost the full field, in a single day just 11 years later. We also had no engine-related failures today, just a change on Dario Franchitti’s car when a gearbox problem let to an over-rev. It’s quite an achievement for everyone at Honda Performance Development and our technical partners at Ilmor. We’re proud of what’s been accomplished this year, and looking forward to filling the field tomorrow and the race next Sunday."

IRL IndyCar Series
Round 04: Indy500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Pole Day Qualifying
1 Sam Hornish Jr. (Marlboro Team Penske)
2 Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Team Penske)
3 Dan Wheldon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
4 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
5 Tony Kanaan (Andretti Green Racing)
6 Vitor Meira (Panther Racing)
7 Kosuke Matsuura (Super Aguri Fernandez Racing)
8 Scott Sharp (Delphi Fernandez Racing)
9 Marco Andretti (Andretti Green Racing)
10 Danica Patrick (Rahal Letterman Racing)
11 Tomas Scheckter (Vision Racing)
12 Ed Carpenter (Vision Racing)
13 Michael Andretti (Andretti Green Racing)
14 Buddy Rice (Rahal Letterman Racing)
15 Townsend Bell (Vision Racing)
16 Bryan Herta (Andretti Green Racing)
17 Dario Franchitti (Andretti Green Racing)
18 Max Papis (Cheever Racing)
19 Eddie Cheever Jr. (Cheever Racing)
20 P.J.Chesson (Hemelgarn Racing)
21 Felipe Giaffone (A.J. Foyt Enterprises)
22 Jeff Bucknum (Hemelgarn Racing)
23 Larry Foyt (A.J. Foyt Racing)
24 Jaques Lazier (Playa del Racing)
25 Buddy Lazier (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing)
26 Jeff Simmons (Rahal Letterman Racing)
27 Al Unser Jr. (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing)
28 Roger Yasukawa (Playa del Racing)
29 Airton Dare (Sam Schmidt Motorsports)
30 Stephan Gregoire (Team Leader Racing)
31 Arie Luyendyk Jr. (Luyendyk Racing)
32 P.J. Jones (Team Leader Racing)

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