Starting lineup for the 106th Indy 500


INDIANAPOLIS — Scott Dixon will lead the Indy 500 starting lineup for the fifth time in his storied career, qualifying on the pole position of the race’s 106th edition.

Alex Palou and Rinus VeeKay also comprised the fastest front row (average speed of 233.643 mph) in Indy 500 history for the May 29 race (11 a.m. ET, NBC), breaking a mark (233.233) that had stood since 1996.

Dixon, who ranks second all time behind Rick Mears’ record six Indy 500 poles, will start first in the Indy 500 for the second consecutive season as Chip Ganassi Racing placed all five of its Dallara-Hondas in Sunday’s Fast 12 pole shootout.

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Dixon set the fastest pole speed in Indy 500 history and the second-fastest qualifying speed in Indy 500 history behind Arie Luyendyk’s 236.896 mph in 1996.

Marcus Ericsson (fifth at 232.764) and Tony Kanaan (sixth at 232.372) joined Dixon and Palou in the Fast Six for Ganassi.

Jimmie Johnson, who is in his first full IndyCar Series for Ganassi, qualified 12th at 231.264 for his Indy 500 debut,

Other notables:

–Formula One veteran Romain Grosjean, also an Indy 500 rookie, qualified ninth as the top Andretti Autosport driver.

–Defending Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, who will attempt to win a record fifth Indy 500, will start 27th.

–Takuma Sato, who is trying to become the first driver to win three Indy 500s with three teams, qualified 10th.

Indy 500 starting lineup by row for the May 29 race (11 a.m. ET NBC):


1. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 234.046
2. (10) Alex Palou, Honda, 233.499
3. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 233.385


4. (33) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 233.080
5. (8) Marcus Ericsson, 232.764
6. (1) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 232.372


7. (5) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 232.705
8. (7) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 232.182
9. (28) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 231.999


10. (51) Takuma Sato, Honda, 231.670
11. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 231.534
12. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 231.264


13. (18) David Malukas, Honda, 231.607
14. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 231.580
15. (23) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 231.508


16. (60) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 231.275
17. (11) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 231.112
18. (20) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 230.999


19. (77) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 230.961
20. (27) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 230.812
21. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 230.766


22. (24) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 230.464
23. (98) Marco Andretti, Honda, 230.345
24. (29) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 230.326


25. (26) Colton Herta, Honda, 230.235
26. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 230.154
27. (06) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 229.630

ROW 10

28. (14) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet, 229.406
29. (4) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 228.916
30. (6) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 228.622

ROW 11

31. (30) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 227.053
32. (45) Jack Harvey, Honda, 226.851
33. (25) Stefan Wilson, Chevrolet, no speed

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll


Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.