Indy 500 Qualifying
May 23, 2011 by staff
Indy 500 Qualifying, Marco Andretti has been put back in the line of the Indianapolis 500 with an incredible last lap to beat the gun qualifying yesterday. Tweet is the first to Tweet this! ShareThis Andretti posted a four lap qualifying average of 224.628 miles per hour on the final day. 28 start from the inside of row 10. Only minutes earlier, was beaten in the field of England Alex Lloyd.
A little over an hour before Danica Patrick finally break it needed – a dry track. His qualifying lap put 224,861 in the No. 26, half of the row 9.
The Penske team’s third driver, Ryan Briscoe, also qualified for the May 29 race with a speed of 224,639. Paul Tracy was leading average of 224,939 a day and will start on 25 of the inside of the Line 9.
Formula One – The leader Sebastian Vettel held off Lewis Hamilton to win the Spanish GP in Barcelona, beating his closest championship contender to capture his fourth victory in five races this season.
Vettel took the lead after the second round of pit stops to beat Hamilton by 0.6 seconds and extend his lead atop the standings with 41 points over his rival McLaren.
National – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took the initiative of 233 laps in the John Deere 250, then held off Sprint Cup drivers Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski to win in Newton, Iowa, becoming the first regular series pick up a victory at the national level this season.
Edwards, who won the Sprint All-Star Race in Charlotte on Saturday night, finished second behind his Roush Fenway teammate. Keselowski, who won the inaugural event in the nation to Iowa in 2009, was third, followed by Elliott Sadler and Reed Sorenson.
The race was the first time three women ran the same race in Nationwide. Veteran Jennifer Jo Cobb began Cope with the twins, Angela and Amber, who were making their debut in the series. Both halfway Copes encountered problems through the race – to turn so eerily similar. Cobb was 26, Angela 28 and Amber finished 32d.
Edwards’s victory in the Sprint All-Star Race was a win very, very expensive.
Not for Edwards, who claimed to 1,000,000 prize with his first victory in the annual exhibition event for NASCAR in Concord, North Carolina, but his unit of celebration through the infield grass at Charlotte Motor Speedway broke the front of his Ford, and the rebuilding of this car will be costly for Roush Fenway Racing.
That’s just a small part of it, however. Edwards is in a contract year, and victory Saturday night probably increased its value in the event to get to the free-agent market. He is among the elite drivers in NASCAR and assumed his current contract with RFR places him among the highest paid in sports.
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