IRL: Indy 500: Bruno Junqueira provisional pole-sitter

Being second sometimes is a benefit -- Bruno Junqueira drew number two in qualifying attempt for the 86th Indianapolis 500. The CART veteran, driving the No. 33 Target Chip Ganassi Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone, is currently sitting on the pole.

Junqueira now not only has to wait for the others to make their qualifying attempts, he also has to sit while the track gets dried after on and off sprinkles.

Bruno Junqueira.
Photo by McQueeney.

The pole position will be decided today, conditional on the cooperation of the weather, as the chance of more rain is high.

If the original qualifying line is completed by day's end, the pole will be decided. Otherwise, tomorrow will still count as pole day, until each competitor in the original line has made an attempt.

Junqueira's average speed was 231.342 mph, followed by Raul Boesel at 230.613, Felipe Giaffone at 230.326, Tony Kanaan at 230.253, and Eddie Cheever Jr. at 229.786.

Sarah Fisher is now the fastest woman in the history of the Indy 500 as she qualified at 229.439, bypassing the previous record of 225.346, held by Lyn St. James set in 1995.