Brad Keselowski, one of several drivers that need a victory today at Talladega in order to stay alive in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, has appeared to suffer an early setback.
On Lap 60, Jamie McMurray got loose off of Turn 4 and came down into Keselowski and Michael McDowell. Joey Logano, already in the Eliminator Round with his Kansas win two weeks ago, then spun out and went into the infield grass.
While McMurray sustained enough rear-end damage to require a new housing on his No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Keselowski took some side damage to his own car and stayed in pit road longer to have it fixed.
Keselowski had been running in the Top 10 at the time of the incident, but took the restart at Lap 66 in 38th place. He entered today’s race behind the Eliminator Round cutoff by 19 points.
Also sustaining some light damage in the incident were Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, the latter of which received some tape on the front end of his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Ford.
The 33-car field of the 104th Indianapolis 500 will be set through the two-day Indy 500 qualifying schedule Saturday and Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Today’s session will determine the nine cars that will compete for the pole position and starting positions 10-30.
On Sunday, the pole position then will be determined in a Fast Nine Shootout (the top nine qualifiers also received NTT IndyCar Series points).
All on-track activity will be on NBC Sports Gold’s IndyCar pass (click here for streaming Saturday and here for Sunday), and Indy 500 qualifying will be on NBC from 3-5 p.m. ET Saturday and Indy 500 pole qualifying from 1-3 p.m. ET on NBC.
Last year, Simon Pagenaud captured the pole position on the way to winning last year’s Indy 500.
Qualifying speeds at Indianapolis Motor Speedway are determined by a four-lap average around the 2.5-mile track.
Here is the Indy 500 qualifying schedule and how to watch on TV:
Saturday, Aug. 15
5:30 a.m. – Garage opens
6 a.m. – Tech inspection
8:30-9:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)
11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 qualifying (NBC Sports Gold; NBC coverage from 3-5 p.m.; NBCSN 5-6 p.m.)
7:30 p.m. – Garage closes
Sunday, Aug. 16
8 a.m. – Garage opens
9 a.m. — Tech inspection
11-11:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)
1:15-2:15 p.m. – Fast Nine pole qualifying (NBC begins at 1 p.m., NBC Sports Gold)
3:30-6 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)