Defending 2016 World Champion and winner here at Indianapolis last year, Germany's Matthias Dolderer is taking off now and needs to really nail that static start to get optimum speed through the Start Gate
It's 139.14kts and that's a strong start... and here's the first split time and it's green!
It's green again and he progresses well through the track... but it's red and then there's the call from Race Control for a 2s penalty at Gate 15 for incorrect level...
Dolderer's Q1 time of 1:06.808 puts him in 3rd so far behind Goulian, with Ivanoff holding his lead in 1st
Juan Velarde of Spain now... and he's left the runway and is making his way into the track with a 136.11kts speed on the clock
And that first split time is great, it's green and he's keeping his cool in the heat here in Indy
That's a great run for Velarde! It's green all the way and clean flying... he moves into the top spot with a 1:05.400!
First of the Czech pilots, it's Petr Kopfstein now...
This is one pilot that could really upset things come race day... he's capable of posting a great time in Qualifying and making his way through the heats tomorrow
It's 137.66kts through the Start Gate and that first split time is green! He is in fine form today...
It's green all the way as he gets it very right out on the track!
Kopfstein is green all the way home and it's a move into the top spot with 1:04.390!
Quick recap during Q1... Kopfstein // Velarde // Ivanoff leading
Now it's Australia's Matt Hall – currently holding the track record and ready to storm his way to the podium this weekend
Through the Start Gate at 139.7kts and green at the first split!
He could well take this from Kopfstein! It's exceptionally smooth and accurate flying from Hall and easy greens the whole way through
Hall has reason to smile as he leaves the track – it's a 1:04.149 and he moves ahead of Kopfstein to take the top spot
First of our title contenders Kirby Chambliss and home favourite this weekend... the former two-time World Champion could make it a third here at the IMS
Into the track at 139.08kts, this American is known for his aggressive style of flying and he'll need to get that under control today if he wants a good head to head lineup in the R14
- Pylon Hit!
But there's the buzzer! It's a pylon at Gate 11!
Those split times are red and Chambliss goes from bad to worse – it's a 1:11.249 on the timesheet and he's down in 10th place
McLeod, Muroya and Sonka lining up to fly next once the Airgators are done...