UPDATED: Starting lineup for 107th Indy 500


INDIANAPOLIS — For the third consecutive year, a Chip Ganassi Racing driver will lead the Indy 500 starting lineup to the green flag at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Alex Palou set an Indianapolis 500 qualifying record by taking the pole position for the 107th edition of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing with a four-lap average at 234.217 mph in his No. 10 Dallara-Honda.

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion broke the previous qualifying record of 234.046 mph set last year by teammate Scott Dixon, who had won the past two Indy 500 poles for Ganassi.

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Palou’s four-lap average was the second fastest in Indy 500 history behind Arie Luyendyk’s 236.896 mph in 1996.

Palou will lead the fastest front row in Indy 500 history alongside the No. 21 Dallara-Chevrolet of Rinus VeeKay (234.211) and the No. 5 Dallara-Chevy of Arrow McLaren’s Felix Rosenqvist (234.114 mph). With an average speed at 234.181 mph, the trio shattered the previous mark of 233.643 that was set last year.

Santino Ferrucci (233.661), Pato O’Ward (233.158) and Scott Dixon (233.151) rounded out the second row as the top nine drivers averaged at least 233 mph.

With an average qualifying speed of 232.184 mph, the 2023 Indy 500 will mark the fastest field in history (topping the mark of 231.023 that was set last year).

Other notables:

–Katherine Legge qualified 30th for her first Indy 500 since 2013, and she will become the first woman in the race since Simona de Silvestro in 2021.

–Helio Castroneves, who will attempt to win a record fifth Indy 500, will start 20th.

–Takuma Sato, who is trying to become the first driver to win three Indy 500s with three teams, qualified eighth for his IMS debut for Chip Ganassi Racing.

UPDATE: IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway released a new starting lineup Thursday to reflect Graham Rahal replacing the injured Stefan Wilson, who qualified 25th.

Rahal will start 33rd in the No. 24 Dallara-Chevy, and every driver who qualified behind Wilson has moved up a spot in the order.

Here is the Indy 500 starting lineup by row for the May 28 race (11 a.m. ET NBC and Peacock) with rank, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, speed and time in parentheses:


1. (10) Alex Palou, Dallara-Honda, 234.217 (2 minutes, 33.7037 seconds)
2. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Dallara-Chevrolet, 234.211 (2:33.7077)
3. (6) Felix Rosenqvist, Dallara-Chevy, 234.114  (2:33.7713)


4. (14) Santino Ferrucci, Dallara-Chevy, 233.798 (2:34.0695)
5. (5) Pato O’Ward, Dallara-Chevy, 233.158 (2:34.4015)
6. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 233.151 (2:34.4066)


7. (7) Alexander Rossi, Dallara-Chevy, 233.110 (2:34.4332)
8. (11) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 233.098 (2:34.4416)
9. (66) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 233.076 (2:34.4558)


10. (8) Marcus Ericsson , Dallara-Honda, 232.889 (2:34.5801)
11. (55) Benjamin Pedersen, Dallara-Chevy, 232.671 (2:34.7246)
12. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 232.635 (2:34.7488)


13. (33) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy 232.689 (2:34.7128)
14. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Dallara-Chevy, 232.677 (2:34.7206)
15. (27) Kyle Kirkwood, Dallara-Honda, 232.662 (2:34.7311)


16. (20) Conor Daly, Dallara-Chevy, 232.433 (2:34.8833)
17. (2) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Chevy, 232.402 (2:34.9039)
18. (23) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevy, 232.133 (2:35.0837)


19. (28) Romain Grosjean, Dallara-Honda, 231.997 (2:35.1744)
20. (06) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 231.954 (2:35.2032)
21. (26) Colton Herta, Dallara-Honda, 231.951 (2:35.2055)


22. (60) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 231.878 (2:35.2539)
23. (18) David Malukas, Dallara-Honda, 231.769 (2:35.3270)
24. (98) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 231.682 (2:35.3857)


25. (29) Devlin DeFrancesco, Dallara-Honda, 231.353 (2:35.6061)
26. (78) Agustin Canapino, Dallara-Chevy, 231.320 (2:35.6287)
27. (77) Callum Ilott, Dallara-Chevy, 231.182 (2:35.7212)

ROW 10

28. (50) RC Enerson, Dallara-Chevy, 231.129 (2:35.7574)
29. (44) Katherine Legge, Dallara-Honda, 231.070 (2:35.7971)
30. (45) Christian Lundgaard, Dallara-Honda, 229.649 (2:36.7607)

ROW 11

31. (51) Sting Ray Robb, Dallara-Honda, 231.129 (2:36.8293)
32. (30) Jack Harvey, Dallara-Honda, 229.166 (2:37.0916)
33. (24) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Chevy, 231.648 (2:35.4083)*

*–Stefan Wilson qualified 25th; per IndyCar Rule, Rahal will start at the rear of the field as a replacement driver

Beta Motorcycles joins SuperMotocross in 2024, Benny Bloss named first factory rider

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Beta Motorcycles

Benny Bloss will race for the factory Beta Motorcycles team in 2024 as that manufacturer joins SuperMotocross as the ninth brand to compete in the series. Beta Motorcycles will make their debut in the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California in January.

Benny Bloss finished among the top 10 twice in Pro Motocross, in 2016 and 2018. – Beta Motorcycles

“The wait is over and we can finally share everything we have been working towards,” said Carlen Gardner, Race Team Manager in a press release. “It has been a great experience being a part of this development and seeing the progression. The only missing part was finding a rider that would mesh well with our Beta Family.

“After a one phone call with Benny, we knew it would be a good fit for him, and for us. We are happy to have him on board for the next two years and can’t wait to see everyone at Anaheim in January.”

Bloss debuted in the 450 class in 2015 with a 15th-place finish overall at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Bloss has a pair of top-10 rankings in the division with a sixth-place finish in the Pro Motocross Championship in 2016 and a seventh in 2018. His best Supercross season ended 15th in the standings in 2018.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Beta Factory Racing team,” Bloss said. “It’s cool to see a brand with such a rich history in off-road racing to come into the US Supercross and Motocross space. I know this team will be capable of great things as we build and go racing in 2024.”

Bloss is currently 22nd in the SuperMotocross rankings and has not raced in the first two rounds of the Motocross season.

Testing for Beta Motorcycles is scheduled to begin in August and the team expects to announce a second rider at that time.

The family-owned brand adds to the international flare of the sport. The company was founded in Florence, Italy in 1905 as Società Giuseppe Bianchi as they built handmade bicycles, The transition to motorcycle production in the late 1940s.

Beta Motorcycles competed and won in motocross competition in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Jim Pomeroy and other riders.

Beta will join Triumph Motorcycles as a second historic brand to join the sport in 2024. First established in 1902, Triumph has won in nearly every division they have competed in, dating back to their first victory in the 1908 Isle of Man TT. Triumph will debut in the 250 class in 2024 and plans to expand into 450s in 2025.