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After watching through to the end of the race, I bet the officials were on the radio with some teams:

 

"ok.. if we go green now can you get to the end on fuel??"

"No, need another 2 laps of yellow"

"10-4"

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Indy 500 qualifying:

 

With respect to the "fast 9", I assume these teams are taking some risk trying to put their cars on pole... but why? It is a 500 mile race.... and passing is so easy with the draft... I don't see 1st having any measurable advantage over 2nd.. 3rd.. 6th..  avoiding a mid-pack wreck might be the only reason.

 

Monaco... definitely go for broke on qualifying because passing is so difficult... but Indy? I don't see the risk / reward calculation falling on the side of taking much risk (once you are in the 'qualified 33').

 

 

TL:DR  Indy 500 qualifying is overrated.

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Much better to be in front of the big one than behind.

 

Being in the middle of even the fast 9 increases the risk, and you have to survive every lap to be there for the last one.

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I wouldn't be surprised if Indy 500 qualifying is the second biggest "race" of the year as far as publicity.

 

A casual motorsports fan is probably more likely to read/hear who's on the Indy 500 pole than who wins the Indycar championship. 

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