2015 Indianapolis 500 qualifying draw order


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.


1. 18-Carlos Huertas (18T: 33)
2. 28-Ryan Hunter-Reay (28T: 28)
4. 9-Scott Dixon (9T: 49)
8. 20-Ed Carpenter (20T: 3)
10. 15-Graham Rahal (15T: 12A)
12. 7-James Jakes (7T: 39)
14. 17-Sebastian Saavedra (17T: 37)
15. 43-Conor Daly (43T: 6)
16. 88-Bryan Clauson (88T: 38)
19. 6-JR Hildebrand (6T: 41)
20. 29-Simona de Silvestro (29T: 7)
21. 4-Stefano Coletti (4T: 34)
25. 14-Takuma Sato (14T: 22)
26. 1-Will Power (1T: 24)
30. 63-Pippa Mann (63T: 54)
35. 10-Tony Kanaan (10T: 9)
36. 32-Oriol Servia (32T: 23)
44. 25-Justin Wilson (25T: 18)
45. 91-Buddy Lazier (91T: 11)
47. 83-Charlie Kimball (83T: 42)
50. 11-Sebastien Bourdais (11T: 43)
51. 26-Carlos Munoz (26T: 56)
52. 22-Simon Pagenaud (22T: 29)
53. 21-Josef Newgarden (21T: 67)
57. 41-Jack Hawksworth (41T: 68)
58. 3-Helio Castroneves (3T: 31)
59. 48-Alex Tagliani (48T: 27)
60. 2-Juan Pablo Montoya (2T: 17)
61. 24-Townsend Bell (24T: 48)
62. 5-James Hinchcliffe (5T: 46)
63. 98-Gabby Chaves (98T: 55)
64. 19-Tristan Vautier/James Davison (19T: 40)
65. 27-Marco Andretti (27T: 5)
66. 8-Sage Karam (8T: 32)

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

Lewis Hamilton Bubba Wallace
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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

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.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

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.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).