A rain shower moved in and delayed in the early afternoon for Saturday qualifying for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Ten drivers had completed qualifying runs before the weather moved in. Helio Castroneves currently leads with a four-lap average of 228.919 mph. Teammate Simon Pagenaud is second with an average of 228.304 mph, and Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot sits third on 228.052 mph.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon and Ed Jones are the best of the Hondas, currently sitting fourth and fifth. Of note: Oriol Servia also started a qualifying attempt, but waved off after reporting that his No. 64 Scuderia Corsa with RLL Honda was suffering a mechanical problem.
However, the showers passed more quickly than expected, and qualified resumed at 2:15 p.m. ET.
Overshadowed by a horrific crash involving Sophia Floersch was the fact that 19-year-old Dan Ticktum dominated and won the Macau Grand Prix – a victory that puts him closer to earning the superlicence required to allow him to race with Formula 1, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Ticktum won Macau’s qualification race as well as the Grand Prix, starting first in both events. For his victories, he earned 10 points, which combined with 25 for his runner-up finish in the European F3 Championship leaves him just five below the 40 needed for the license.
This was Ticktum’s second Macau Grand Prix victory.
“It was a dominant performance that I was preparing for,” Ticktum said on his web site. “I don’t think I’ve ever prepared as hard as I did for this race and it all worked out. In the final race a lot of variables were thrown at me but I handled them.”
On his way to victory lane, Ticktum had to survive several restarts including the lengthy red flag period following Floersch’s accident to repair the barrier.
“I can’t count how many safety car restarts we had to do,” Ticktum said. “It puts a lot of pressure on a driver here with such a long run down to the first corner. I can’t remember a weekend when I’ve put it all together so well.
“The car was absolutely perfect all weekend, it was so good and I can’t thank Motopark enough for that. I’ve never been so involved in the set-up, felt so at one with the car as I did this weekend.”