May 22, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT
Four laps. Ten miles. Seems simple enough. But, of course, there’s no such thing as “simple” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It’s been said more than once that qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 is decidedly more nerve-wracking than the race itself. It’s an all-out quest for speed and precision that requires the highest levels of courage. If you have a bad start on Race Day, you can recover within the span of three hours or so. But Pole Day gives you no such luxuries.
Last Saturday, the NBC Sports Network tagged along with driver Oriol Servia and the No. 22 Panther Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team as they carried out their attempt to snatch the “500” pole. It didn’t work out as well as they would’ve liked, but a 13th place start (four-lap average: 226.814 mph) can certainly be converted into a win.
There’s no telling what that result could do for the future of the team, which is set to bow out of this year’s championship after Sunday’s race due to a lack of sponsorship funds.