Dixon wins pole for 99th Indianapolis 500

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Scott Dixon was the fourth driver out in qualifying for the 99th Indianapolis 500, and despite a nearly eternal wait as 30 other drivers took a shot at his speed, he was not dethroned.

The pole is Dixon’s second in the ‘500, to go along with his pole achieved in 2008. That year also marked his first and thus far only win in the race. It is Chip Ganassi Racing’s fourth (1993, Arie Luyendyk, 2002, Bruno Junqueira, 2008, Dixon).

It has also ended a run of eight consecutive pole positions for Team Penske in the Verizon IndyCar Series, dating to Milwaukee last year.

Qualifying morphed into a single, one-shot deal for each of the 34 drivers attempting to qualify after weather and later aero specification delays pushed the session to late Sunday afternoon.

Dixon was fourth out, and knocked off Ed Carpenter from the pole position as Carpenter went out in a backup car after his accident in practice this morning. That removed any shot for Carpenter to win his third straight pole position.

Dixon’s fastest lap of 227.041 mph was the only qualifying lap over 227 all day, and his four-lap average was 226.760 mph.

Each of Team Penske’s four drivers – Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya – took their shot at Dixon but was unable to knock off the driver of the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

Power, Pagenaud, Castroneves and Montoya ended second, third, fifth and 15th on the day.

Chevrolets dominated the qualifying session, with Justin Wilson doing the best for Honda, ending sixth in the No. 25 Andretti Autosport entry at 225.279 mph.

The bottom four drivers – Jack Hawksworth, Stefano Coletti, Bryan Clauson and Buddy Lazier – will need to go back out for a second round of qualifying. Lazier’s car was not ready for the first go-around but will have an opportunity to bump in in the second round.

QUALIFYING SPEEDS

1. 9-Scott Dixon, 226.760
2. 1-Will Power, 226.350
3. 22-Simon Pagenaud, 226.145
4. 10-Tony Kanaan, 225.503
5. 3-Helio Castroneves, 225.502
6. 25-Justin Wilson, 225.279
7. 11-Sebastien Bourdais, 225.193
8. 27-Marco Andretti, 225.189
9. 21-Josef Newgarden, 225.187
10. 6-JR Hildebrand, 225.099
11. 26-Carlos Munoz, 225.042
12. 20T-Ed Carpenter, 224.883
13. 32-Oriol Servia, 224.777
14. 83-Charlie Kimball, 224.743
15. 2-Juan Pablo Montoya, 224.657
16. 28-Ryan Hunter-Reay, 224.573
17. 15-Graham Rahal, 224.290
18. 18-Carlos Huertas, 224.233
19. 29-Simona de Silvestro, 223.838
20. 7-James Jakes, 223.790
21. 19-Tristan Vautier, 223.747
22. 48-Alex Tagliani, 223.722
23. 8-Sage Karam, 223.595
24. 5-James Hinchcliffe, 223.519
25. 43-Conor Daly, 223.482
26. 24-Townsend Bell, 223.447
27. 14-Takuma Sato, 223.226
28. 63-Pippa Mann, 223.104
29. 98-Gabby Chaves, 222.916
30. 17-Sebastian Saavedra, 222.898

SECOND ROUND ATTEMPTS REQUIRED
31. 41-Jack Hawksworth, 222.787
32. 4-Stefano Coletti, 221.912
33. 88-Bryan Clauson, 220.523
34. 91-Buddy Lazier, No Speed

Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, stats

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


STATS PACKAGE FOR ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Lap chart

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

Weather report

NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.