The replacement for Patrick in the Go Daddy car is starting second, the middle of Row 1 with a qualifying speed of 226.481. Hunter-Reay will start on the outside of Row 1 after going 226.240, and Andretti will start on the inside of Row 2 with a speed of 225.456. Power and Castroneves close out Row 2.
Rookie Josef Newgarden, from Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, was the slowest of the shootout qualifiers at 224.037 and will start seventh. He's the highest qualifying rookie since Danica Patrick was fourth in 2005.
Tony Kanaan and E.J. Viso took the green flag, and then pulled into the pits before completing a full qualifying run during the shootout.
"I know we aren't the quickest right now, but I really think we have the quickest car in the field," said the first Tennessee native to qualify for the 500.
And after plenty of questions about whether the new compressor covers would give Honda engines an advantage over Chevrolet, Newgarden wound up as the only Honda in the first three rows.
Fisher's other driver, rookie Bryan Clauson, crashed on his fourth qualifying lap and didn't get another chance to qualify. He's expected to take another shot Sunday when the final nine spots in the 33-car field are filled. Clauson drew the ninth spot in the qualifying line.
There were some notable absences from the front of the field, too.
Team owner Chip Ganassi has won four straight IndyCar championships, but failed to get any of his four cars into the shootout. In fact, none of the cars even made a second attempt Saturday.
"We're not where we need to be to qualify for the pole," two-time Indy winner Dario Franchitti said, about 30 minutes before the first qualifying segment ended. "My situation with the 50 car, we're not even as quick as some of the other Honda runners. There's a bit of head scratching going on. We've tried a lot of different things to make it."
But the grand finale came down to Briscoe, the man once a target of Patrick's ire, and Hinchcliffe, who was trying to join Alex Tagliani as the only Canadians to win Indy's pole.
Briscoe won it — barely.
"If we had to go, I was ready to go," said Briscoe, who was sitting in his car when qualifying ended. "I felt like we could have done the same again."
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