Drama reigns on stormy Indy 500 qualifying
Hondas hiccupped, a gearbox broke, a motor buzzed, a wall was hit, someone had a bad technical trip, and then rain made for a problematic first day of Indy 500 qualifying on Saturday.
The drama started with news from IndyCar technical inspection garage where Juan Pablo Montoya’s No. 6 Arrow McLaren SP Chevy failed during its pass across the verification pad.
The team reported the failure was due to a “broken component” and as a result of the issue lost their guaranteed qualifying run which was scheduled to take place ninth in the draw.
Per the rules, Montoya would need to wait until the other 32 drivers completed their runs before being able to perform his own.
When the two-time Indy 500 winner got his turn, higher temperatures and a lack of speed left him sitting 29th on the grid.
IndyCar is set to restore Newgarden’s speed as the day’s running was called at 4:50 p.m. local time.