Alumnus Robbie Buhl on Indy front row

1989 Barber Pro Series Champion and Racing for Kids National Spokesperson is set to start on the front row of the Indianapolis 500 after qualifying second at 231.033 mph. Buhl gave the polesitter the closest run during his seven-hour wait for the...

1989 Barber Pro Series Champion and Racing for Kids National Spokesperson is set to start on the front row of the Indianapolis 500 after qualifying second at 231.033 mph. Buhl gave the polesitter the closest run during his seven-hour wait for the pole. Buhl made his second qualification attempt at 2:48 p.m. after waving off his first attempt after three laps at 1:51 p.m. His first lap of 229.576 prevented him from toppling the polesitter, as Buhl's final three laps ranged between 231.4 and 231.5 mph.

"You want to be smart," Buhl said. "You want to be fast, but you don't want to be stupid. You don't always have a car capable of being on the front row here, but we knew it was possible."

Buhl, who has surpassed $3,000,000 in Indy Racing career earnings, started ninth last year at the Indy 500 before finishing 15th.

In 2001, the former Indy Lights Champion scored three top-five finishes driving for Team Purex Dreyer& Reinbold Racing. He finished a season-best third at Pikes Peak and at Texas Motor Speedway. He finished .0468 of a second behind eventual champion and fellow Skip Barber trained racer Sam Hornish Jr.

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Series Barber Pro
Drivers Robbie Buhl , Skip Barber