Here’s the order they’ll qualify tomorrow for the 99th Indianapolis 500. Primary cars are listed first with T cars in parentheses.
Most drivers will qualify their primary car. If someone qualifies the T car, that car will qualify in the position drawn this evening.
Carlos Huertas of Dale Coyne Racing drew the No. 1 position in Friday’s draw and will be first out.
Note Ryan Hunter-Reay, the defending Indianapolis 500 champion, Scott Dixon and two-time defending Indianapolis 500 polesitter Ed Carpenter should be the second, third and fourth primary cars out, and figure they will set the bar, speed-wise early.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.