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Simon Pagenaud claims maiden Indy 500 pole position, Fernando Alonso out

Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud will start the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 from a maiden pole position at the speedway as McLaren's Fernando Alonso fails to qualify for the famous race. Heavy rain had initially delayed proceedings to the day, but once the track had been dried, Pagenaud went on to complete the most consistent four-lap run of the weekend in metronomic style to secure the pole with a  229.992mph effort in the #22 Menards-Chevrolet. Pagenaud also became the first Frenchman in 100 years to claim pole position for the Indy 500, the last being Rene Thomas in 1919. Indianapolis veteran Ed Carpenter had looked to take his fourth Indy 500 pole before Pagenaud...
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