Indy 500 qualifying update (3 p.m. ET)

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Team Penske currently has the provisional front row for the 97th Indianapolis 500, with Will Power sitting on the pole as 3 p.m. ET rolled by at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

His teammate, Helio Castroneves, managed to knock Penske rookie A.J. Allmendinger off the provisional pole with a four-lap average of 227.975 miles per hour. But shortly before 3 p.m. ET, Power came out and threw down the gauntlet to his rivals by posting an average of 228.844 mph in his No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet — knocking the three-time “500” winner off of P1.

Here’s how the speeds looked at 3 p.m. ET…

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Pole Day Results (3 p.m. ET)

1. 12-Will Power, 228.844 mph

2. 3- Helio Castroneves, 227.975

3. 2-A.J. Allmendinger, 227.761

4. 5-E.J. Viso, 227.612

5. 27-James Hinchcliffe, 227.493

6. 98-Alex Tagliani, 227.386

7. 19-Justin Wilson, 226.370

8. 7-Sebastien Bourdais, 226.196

9. 9-Scott Dixon, 226.158

10. 14-Takuma Sato, 225.892

11. 60-Townsend Bell, 225.699

12. 78-Simona de Silvestro, 225.400

13. 16-James Jakes, 225.397

14. 15-Graham Rahal, 225.139

15. 8-Ryan Briscoe, 225.043

16. 6-Sebastian Saavedra, 224.656

17. 63-Pippa Mann, 223.153

18. 91-Buddy Lazier, 223.073

Alex Zanardi set for Rolex 24 entry in 2019 with BMW

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BMW has announced that ex-Formula 1 and CART racer-turned-Paralympic gold medallist Alex Zanardi will enter the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2019.

Zanardi enjoyed a successful single-seater career before losing both his legs in a crash at the Lausitzring in 2001, appearing to cut his racing ambitions short.

The Italian made a return to motorsport in modified touring cars, and also pursued a career in hand cycling, going on to win four gold medals across the London and Rio Paralympics in 2012 and 2016 respectively.

Zanardi’s next challenge will see him enter the 24-hour endurance sports car race at Daytona International Speedway in 2019, as announced by BMW on Friday night.

More to follow…