Indianapolis, Indiana (May 22, 2022) – NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie Callum Ilott qualified 19th for his first Indianapolis 500 and will start in seventh row next Sunday May 29th.

After three days of practice (Wednesday practice was canceled due to rain) the field of 33 took to the track Saturday for the first of two days of qualifying. Positions 13-33 would be locked in Saturday while the top 12 cars will return to the track today to requalify.

Ilott was the third car to go out for qualifying in the No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing (JHR) Chevrolet and would sit 22nd after all cars made their first attempt. The rookie was the first car to go out for a second attempt, looking to beat the approaching rain. Ilott completed his second and final run improving his best average speed to 230.961 mph and will start his first Indy 500 in 19th.

“It was an eventful day, we made two qualifying attempts,” said Ilott. “The first one was a bit of a mess, we didn’t optimize anything for those conditions, which was a bit of a shame. Then we came back, addressed everything and reset and improved which was good. I still think there was a bit more in there, but with the conditions and how it was it was difficult to get any more out of it. I’m looking forward to the race next weekend and starting 19th. A great job to the Juncos Hollinger guys, we out qualified some good cars out there and some good teams, so I would say we did a decent job. Thanks to Chevy as well, we have a great engine.”

“Overall I am very pleased with how this week went and the steps we made throughout the ever changing weather conditions,” said Ricardo Juncos Co-owner and Team Principal of JHR. “Callum and the crew did a great job, maximizing as much as they could each day to get us ready for qualifying and the race. To qualify 19th, and out pace some of the best teams is great and would not have been done without the work everyone at JHR puts into each day. We will continue to work hard together and be ready to be back on track for the final few practice sessions this week. I also want to thank all of the amazing sponsors and partners who have joined JHR this month and look forward to representing them next weekend.”

“Everyone at JHR continues to amaze me with their work ethic and dedication,” said Brad Hollinger, Co-owner of JHR. “To qualify inside the Top-20, especially with a rookie driver is a great momentum boost. I know we have more there and I am confident we will only continue to improve together. Callum did a great job all week and put in some great times. I am looking forward to seeing the No.77 JHR Chevy back on track for the 106th running of the Indy 500 next Sunday.”