Simon Pagenaud, secured the 21st spot on the starting grid on the first day of qualifying.
It's a rags to riches story that could only happen in America, and it's a home-grown Hoosier whom is becoming a legend in his own time who has written it.
All four rookies assigned to cars this month - Conor Daly, AJ Allmendinger, Carlos Munoz and Tristan Vautier - have completed ROP. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch also completed ROP on Thursday, May 9.
In addition to his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team, Vautier received guidance from INDYCAR driver steward Arie Luyendyk.
35 entries to vie for 33 spots in 2013 field
Pagenaud started from 23rd in the No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports car, and drove as high as third before settling for ninth.
While encouraged by a top-10 finish, Simon Pagenaud is eager to push for more in qualifying to put himself in a better position for races.
Simon Pagenaud believes focusing on tire management is crucial before race day in the Streets of Long Beach.
Simon Pagenaud as high as fifth throughout the 90-lap race before he settled for a sixth place result, the 23-year-old rookie Tristan Vautier ended the day in 10th position.
Pagenaud to start 13th in the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama
The 2012 IZOD IndyCar champion topped the Firestone Fast Six competitors to secure the pole in his Andretti Autosport Dallara with Chevrolet power.
Alex Tagliani and rookie Tristan Vautier led a strong Honda-powered field in Friday practice at Barber Motorsports Park
The IZOD IndyCar racers are at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama and today was practice as they fine-tuned their racing machines prior to qualifying tomorrow.
The language of speed: sounds the same in any accent