Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe will start from pole position for the 96th running of the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at noon on May 27.
His fast nine pole shoot-out speed of 226.484mph (2:38.9514s) was just 0.003mph (0.0023s) ahead of that of Andretti Autosport's James Hinchcliffe, who in turn was just fast enough to hold out against a late run from his team mate Ryan Hunter-Reay who had to settle for the outside position on the front row instead.
Marco Andretti, Will Power and Helio Castroneves take the second row, and Josef Newgarden joins Tony Kanaan and EJ Viso on row three after the two KV Racing team mates decided not to set representative times in the fast nine pole shootout.
Fast nine pole shoot-out times:
1. Ryan Briscoe Chevrolet 226.484mph
2. James Hinchcliffe Chevrolet 226.481mph
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay Chevrolet 226.240mph
4. Marco Andretti Chevrolet 225.456mph
5. Will Power Chevrolet 225.422mph
6. Helio Castroneves Chevrolet 225.172mph
7. Josef Newgarden Honda 224.037mph
Tony Kanaan Chevrolet
EJ Viso Chevrolet
The third KVR team member, Rubens Barrichello, finished the day immediately behind them in 10th place.
Those who didn't qualify for the race today - but who will have new opportunities to do so on Sunday - include Wade Cunningham, Mike Conway and Sebastien Bourdais, who were bumped out; Bryan Clauson, Ed Carpenter, and Oriol Servia, who all crashed; and Katherine Legge, Simona de Silvestro and Jean Alesi did not make qualifying attempts on Saturday.
A full session report with driver quotes
is now available.
This remainder of this page contains 'as it happened' updates from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during qualifying on Pole Day.
Update at 11.15pm BST (6.15pm Indiana time):
In the final 45 minutes of the fast nine pole shootout, Helio Castroneves was first back out on track to attempt to improve on his earlier slightly lacklustre time, but waived off his second run.
The sole Honda representative, Josef Newgarden, was the last of the nine to take to the track, but didn't seem in the mood to push for the pole position and instead posted a lap speed of 224.037mph, slowest of all the runs.
The front runners were all gearing up for new attempts on pole, with Will Power first through the tech inspection line and Hinchcliffe, Castroneves, Briscoe and Andretti clamouring behind.