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Marco Andretti Scores Indianapolis 500 Pole, First for Andrettis Since 1987

For the first time in 33 years, an Andretti will lead the Indianapolis 500 field to the green flag from the front row.

Marco Andretti paced the field in the final qualifying session for the 2020 Indy 500 Aug. 16 to win the pole for next Sunday’s race.

Andretti sported a four-lap average of 231.068 mph to take the top spot.

Scott Dixon will start second, running a four-lap average of 231.051 mph Sunday. Takuma Sato will start third.

Rinus VeeKay and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top five.

Andretti is the first Indy 500 pole-sitter from the legendary racing family since grandfather Mario Andretti started from the pole in 1987.

2020 Indianapolis 500 Starting Lineup

The 2020 Indy 500 will be held Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. ET, with TV coverage provided by NBC.

About the author

Rutherford is the managing editor of Frontstretch, a position he gained in 2015 after serving on the editing staff for two years. At his day job, he's a journalist covering music and rock charts at Billboard. He lives in New York City, but his heart is in Ohio -- you know, like that Hawthorne Heights song.

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