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Simon Pagenaud claims maiden Indy 500 pole, Fernando Alonso out

Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud will start the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 from a maiden pole position at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as McLaren's Fernando Alonso failed to qualify. Heavy rain had initially delayed proceedings on Sunday afternoon but once the track had been dried, and the shoot-out for the final three grid slots had taken place, 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...
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