Thanks to a blind draw held on Friday evening, KV Racing Technology's Tony Kanaan will have the honour of being first out on track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to make the first qualifying run for the 96th running of the Indy 500.

There will then be a quick chance to assess the qualifying speed of the Lotus engine, with Simona de Silvestro drawing second position in qualifying order. Katherine Legge, Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti are also out early.

Each car gets two warm-up laps before the timed qualification run starts: the run consists of four timed laps with the aggregate time recorded as the official qualifying time for the car.

As well as each driver's main car, they will also need to set a qualifying time for their spare (T) car in case anything happens to the primary car. Not all T-cars will run, and Ed Carpenter's unused second entry is certainly likely to remain in the garage.

Once the initial qualifying order has been completed, cars will be able to return to the inspection line to await a slot for another run, for a maximum of three runs on Saturday (time permitting.)

Saturday's qualifying session - after a final one-hour warm-up practice session - runs from 11am until 4pm. After a half-hour break, the top nine cars then have a 90 minute shootout to set the first three rows of the grid for the Indy 500 on May 27.

Pit stall order is set by the positions after the initial five-hour qualifying session.

Last year's pole position time for the centennial Indy 500 was set by Alex Tagliani with a speed of 227.472mph.

Qualifying order

1. #11 Tony Kanaan
2. #78 Simona de Silvestro
3. #14T Mike Conway
4. #38T Graham Rahal
5. #6 Katherine Legge
6. #9T Scott Dixon
7. #99 Townsend Bell
8. #9 Scott Dixon
9. #50T Dario Franchitti
10. #30T Michel Jourdain
11. #12 Will Power
12. #83 Charlie Kimball
13. #7 Sebastien Bourdais
14. #3 Helio Castroneves
15. #22T Oriol Servia
16. #41 Wade Cunningham
17. #11T Tony Kanaan
18. #20T Ed Carpenter
19. #17 Sebastian Saavedra
20. #26T Marco Andretti
21. #18 Justin Wilson
22. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay
23. #19 James Jakes
24. #39 Bryan Clauson
25. #50 Dario Franchitti
26. #28T Ryan Hunter-Reay
27. #38 Graham Rahal
28. #67 Josef Newgarden
29. #18T Justin Wilson
30. #19T James Jakes
31. #2 Ryan Briscoe
32. #25 Ana Beatriz
33. #15T Takuma Sato
34. #64 Jean Alesi
35. #20 Ed Carpenter
36. #30 Michel Jourdain
37. #8 Rubens Barrichello
38. #4T JR Hildebrand
39. #15 Takuma Sato
40. #22 Oriol Servia
41. #99T Townsend Bell
42. #7T Sebastien Bourdais
43. #2T Ryan Briscoe
44. #5 EJ Viso
45. #12T Will Power
46. #4 JR Hildebrand
47. #98T Alex Tagliani
48. #83T Charlie Kimball
49. #41T Wade Cunningham
50. #8T Rubens Barrichello
51. #77 Simon Pagenaud
52. #27 James Hinchcliffe
53. #3T Helio Castroneves
54. #5T EJ Viso
55. #26 Marco Andretti
56. #27T James Hinchcliffe
57. #98 Alex Tagliani
58. #14 Mike Conway
59. #77T Simon Pagenaud
60. #67T Josef Newgarden
61. #21 TBA Ed Carpenter Racing second car)

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